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Historically, the Canterbury Sports Awards have celebrated Sport in the Canterbury region through the form of a black-tie event, held annually. Celebrating sportspeople, teams and wider high-level success has been the format up until the introduction of Covid-19 into the community.

With events now under restriction, we have been given the opportunity to relook at the way we celebrate and define success in not only Sport, but Active Recreation.

2022 will see the awards move from a physical event to a digital format, with award categories evolving to reflect the mahi Sport Canterbury undertake and promote within the community, as well as acknowledging, in a more rounded form, high level success.​​​​​​​

Recognising the evolution of the events space and acknowledging the restrictions upon the planning and hosting of events, the 2022 awards will become a visual recorded series. We are proud to start moving our awards toward the future, rather than be late adopters to a changing sporting landscape. Highlighting the winners of each category; a feature will be given to show the real mahi of the people behind the awards.​​​​​​​

Award Categories

We have recognised that the landscape of RST run sport awards have been changing around the country, to reflect the work RST’s undertake within the community and the balanced approach and participation drive from Sport NZ.

To place ourselves ahead of the curve, we have reviewed our past award categories and have evolved these to start the journey towards a more holistic approach that acknowledges those in our community doing great work, in numerous different forms.

Certain award categories have been amended to acknowledge multiple winners. This has been done to not only streamline the awards, but to show that commitment and achievement can be made at all levels of sport and that achievement is not one-size-fits-all.

Community Diversity and Inclusion Award
Awarded to a Programme or Initiative that is aimed at priority populations in the Sport and Recreation Sectors – for example, women/girls, ethnic minority groups, disability, LGBTQIA+, cultural/religious or other. The Programme or Initiative must be assisting people to be more active and foster healthy wellbeing habits over the past 12 months.

Community Sport and Recreation Impact Award
Awarded to an unsung administrator/s, volunteer/s, club or group that has shown great commitment and ‘made a real difference’  in the last 12 months to a sport, or recreation initiative or organisation.
 
Coaches of the Year
Awarded to two coaches who have created a positive culture, encourage fair play and have shown commitment to their chosen code, over the past 12 months. Nominees for this category can be community coaches, elite coaches or any coach in between.
 
Officials of the Year
Awarded to two officials who encourage fair play and have shown commitment to their chosen code, over the past 12 months. Nominees for this category can be community officials, elite officials or other.

Outstanding Youth in Sport Award
Awarded to two individuals and/or teams (ages 21 and under) who are not only achieving/on the road to achieving at the highest level in their chosen sporting code, but continue to give back to the sporting community.
 
Para-athlete/s of the Year Award
Awarded to two individual para-athletes or teams who have shown outstanding achievement in Sport, over the past 12 months.
 
Sportsperson/people of the Year Award
Awarded to two elite individual athletes or teams, who have shown outstanding achievement in Sport, over the past 12 months.

Sport Canterbury Legends Award 
​​​​​​​Awarded to two individuals. Legends have achieved at the highest level in their chosen sporting code, and continued service to the sporting community.​​​​​​​

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What is a Sporting Legend of Canterbury?

Each year Sport Canterbury inducts two sporting icons into the Sporting Legends Hall of Fame.

The definition of a Sporting Legend of Canterbury is someone who:

  • Has represented the Canterbury region in their sport (Greater Christchurch, West Coast, Mid or South Canterbury)
  • Is an acknowledged icon in their sport and has contributed something special through their sporting career (competing, administration, coaching)
  • Continues to give back to the sporting community
  • Has made an indelible impact on our community through accomplishments and their legacy​​​​​​​