Marlborough's sporting best are honoured


The Book of Recognition is set to get a bit longer as another batch of Marlborough’s sporting best is inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.

Already at more than 100 pages, it is an impressive record and history of the province’s sporting achievement dating back to 1925.

The names of more outstanding athletes, coaches and officials will be added once nominations for this year’s inductions ceremony – which are organised by Sport Tasman - close on September 22.

Last year 10 people were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame and 34 into the Sports Roll of Honour, and organiser Terri Willcocks expects another 30 to 35 names to be added this year with rowers and volleyballers again prominent.  Those two sports together with yachting provided 29 inductees in 2016.

Those nominated for the Hall of Fame must have been selected to represent New Zealand at full senior level or at an international event, while Roll of Honour nominees must have represented New Zealand at age group level or as a member of a special national team.

So far only a few nominations have been received since they opened on June 28 but Willcocks expects them to flow in as the deadline looms. She says the process is straightforward with anyone able to nominate someone.

Inductees will be honoured at a function hosted by Mayor John Leggett at the Marlborough District Council on October 16.

Willcocks says the ceremony is a chance to celebrate the achievements of local sportspeople on the world stage.

``We have a lot of young people who have worked hard and travelled a long way to do the Silver Fern proud.”

``It is a great opportunity for athletes to thank their coaches and family who have helped them achieve what they have.’’

Appropriately, the Book of Recognition, which was started in 1993, adopted a motto from one of Horace’s odes: `I have wrought a monument more lasting than bronze`. It can be viewed at the Blenheim Library.

For more information or to access a nomination form either contact Terri Willcocks on03 577 8855 or go to website.

Photo: Marlborough Hall of Fame Inductees 2016