fbpx

Athletics and Football celebrated at ILT Southland Sports Awards

Sport Southland hosts the annual celebration of sporting achievement on behalf of the Southland Amateur Sports Trust and is presenting the Awards online for the first time.

It was a great outing for the athletics community with Te Anau policeman Dwight Grieve winning the NZME Masters Achievement of the Year award and Phil Hartley named the BDO Administrator of the Year, while former Southland Football chairman Jeff Walker was awarded with a Sport Southland Services to Sport.

NZME Masters Achievement of the Year Dwight Grieve

A year on from representing New Zealand as an open runner at the world mountain running championships, Grieve continued to make great strides in masters running.

An age group champion and sixth overall at the national half marathon championships, Grieve was also sixth overall and the first masters runner for the second year in a row at the Kepler Challenge.

Grieve only took up running seriously at 30 after deciding to make a number of life changes and lose some weight. He acknowledged the supportive nature of the Te Anau community, his coach Shaun Cantwell and especially his family. “Even though it’s one person running, it’s the whole group who keep you motivated and keep you going.”

Hartley is a valued board member and chair of the Track and Field committee and can usually be found helping out at Surrey Park during the athletics season.

BDO Administrator of the Year Phil Hartley

However, it’s as project manager of the Surrey Park track resurfacing that he has had the most impact in recent times. “It’s been a bit of a journey. (We had) a lot of support from the funders which made it a lot easier and we got there in the end,” Hartley said.

Walker became involved in football administration in 1998, taking the chair of the Southland Football Association men’s committee the following year.

What followed was a tremendous period of change in the governance of the sport with the creation of the federation system.

Under Walker’s leadership a restructure created more efficiencies across the game and led to the creation of Southland Football, which also provided the framework for a number of high profile  games to be staged in Invercargill, including a pre-Under 17 World Cup game between New Zealand and Paraguay.

Along with Kenny Cresswell, Walker was instrumental in the creation the all-weather training and playing facility at Turnbull Thomson Park which is now the home of Southland football.

“It all started, as with most parents, you go along to a Saturday morning and there’s no coach,” Walker said.

“I was disappointed with the organisational structure and then I thought it wasn’t just the juniors, we could do better all round. I looked enviously at the money netball and rugby were getting and just thought that we needed to be a bit more organised.”

The ILT Southland Sports Awards continues on Wednesday, July 1, with the Southland Kia Team of the Year, Ricoh Southland Coach of the Year and the third Sport Southland Services to Sport award.

Netball News: Georgia Heffernan ruled out for season
News, Sports News
94 views
News, Sports News
94 views

Netball News: Georgia Heffernan ruled out for season

Southland Sports News - Jul 07, 2020

Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel shooter Georgia Heffernan will be sidelined for the rest of the year following a serious…

Harness Racing – Wyndham and Invercargill Lose Meetings In Coming Season
Eastern Southland, Gore
222 views
Eastern Southland, Gore
222 views

Harness Racing – Wyndham and Invercargill Lose Meetings In Coming Season

Malcolm Gayfer - Jul 07, 2020

Harness racing is in for a shake up in the south in the up-coming season. Arguably the biggest shock is…

Exciting Times For Southland Softball Association
News, Sports News
1172 views
News, Sports News
1172 views

Exciting Times For Southland Softball Association

Aimee Wilson - Jul 07, 2020

Participation in softball has been growing at such a rate over the past 5 years, there is no wonder Invercargill…

Strong Caps Remarkable Rookie Year with ILT Senior Sportsperson Award
News, Sports News
331 views
News, Sports News
331 views

Strong Caps Remarkable Rookie Year with ILT Senior Sportsperson Award

Southland Sports News - Jul 04, 2020

Corbin Strong’s outstanding first year as an elite cyclist has been recognised with the ILT Senior Sportsperson of the Year award. The…

Peter White – RIP
News, Sports News
3438 views
News, Sports News
3438 views

Peter White – RIP

Malcolm Gayfer - Jul 03, 2020

They say Death visits thrice. For me the last 10 days or so has seen that character visit 4 times,…

Netball News: Georgia Heffernan ruled out for season
News, Sports News
94 views
News, Sports News
94 views

Netball News: Georgia Heffernan ruled out for season

Southland Sports News - Jul 07, 2020

Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel shooter Georgia Heffernan will be sidelined for the rest of the year following a serious…

Lockdown To Be Imposed Across Central Melbourne For Six Weeks
Covid-19, International
369 views
Covid-19, International
369 views

Lockdown To Be Imposed Across Central Melbourne For Six Weeks

News Desk - Jul 07, 2020

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a lockdown of metropolitan Melbourne as the state records its largest daily increase in…

National MP Hamish Walker Admits Leaking Covid-19 Patient Details
News, Politics
1148 views
News, Politics
1148 views

National MP Hamish Walker Admits Leaking Covid-19 Patient Details

News Desk - Jul 07, 2020

National Party MP Hamish Walker has admitted to leaking Covid-19 patient details. Acting chief executive of Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust…

Big Discussion On Museum Project Today
Invercargill City Council, News
933 views
Invercargill City Council, News
933 views

Big Discussion On Museum Project Today

Aimee Wilson - Jul 07, 2020

Deputy Mayor Toni Biddle admits she has “unashamedly” lobbied her fellow Invercargill city councillors to back her motion fast tracking…

Harness Racing – Wyndham and Invercargill Lose Meetings In Coming Season
Eastern Southland, Gore
222 views
Eastern Southland, Gore
222 views

Harness Racing – Wyndham and Invercargill Lose Meetings In Coming Season

Malcolm Gayfer - Jul 07, 2020

Harness racing is in for a shake up in the south in the up-coming season. Arguably the biggest shock is…