Bronwyn Kay Agency Sporting Excellence Awards Postponed

Following the ongoing disruption caused by COVID-19 and the Government’s restrictions on gatherings, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti has decided to postpone the Bronwyn Kay Agency Excellence Awards to Friday 11 February 2022. 

The awards were planned for Friday 5 November to acknowledge and pay tribute to the many fine sporting achievements by the sporting community over the last 24 months. The qualifying period is usually 12 months but had been extended from July 2019 to June 2021 to cater for the disruption of COVID-19 on sport. 

The logistics behind running the event and maintaining the necessary public health measures would make it difficult to proceed with the awards in November. The event would have to be restricted in numbers or be held on an online environment. These options would also impact the quality of the event.  

“We know there will be disappointment the awards are not going ahead in November, but we have to recognise that even with the easing of some restrictions there is still a lot of uncertainty at this time.” said Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti Chief Executive Stefan Pishief. 

“We want to be able to keep our community safe whilst celebrating our athletes, teams, clubs and coaches with the recognition that they deserve. To do this we feel that it is the best option to move the date of the award’s evening. The postponement will hopefully mean that finalists will be able to celebrate with their friends, whānau and support on the night to acknowledge their success and contribution.”  

The generosity from sponsors allows for the event to go ahead. We would like to thank all of our local sponsors, and the wider community, for their understanding and ongoing support through these uncertain times. 

Nominations have been received and deliberated on by a panel of judges. Finalists will be announced Wednesday 6 October. 

We look forward to celebrating our region’s athletes, teams, clubs and coaches at the Bronwyn Kay Agency Sporting Excellence Awards in 2022.