Big night for sports awards

Wednesday April 17, 2019 Written by Published in Sports

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) has received an overwhelming number of nominations for the 2019 National Sports Awards that will be held on April 28 at the Edgewater Resort and Spa.


The dinner event will reward athletes and officials for their hard work and achievements last year.

CISNOC secretary general Owen Lewis said they were pleased with the number of nominations they have received so far.

Unlike last year, Lewis said there were more nominations from the federations than the individual athletes and officials.

He said it would be a closely fought contest between the top athletes and sporting federations due to some great sporting achievements in the 2018 season.

“It’s a big event on our calendar. We have Pacific Games this year so we do know it’s an important year but these awards are for last year and there was a lot of things that happened last year,” Lewis said.

“Of course, we had (our first) Commonwealth Games bronze medal then we saw the basketball doing good things (at the Polynesian Cup) and we had a number of other sports doing quite positive things.

“It’s going to be really hard and that’s the position we want to be in. We want all our federations to be achieving. When we look at all the achievements we have made (last year), for a small country we do quite a lot.”

Lewis said the National Sports Awards was also a platform to profile local athletes and officials and highlight their achievements.

“We don’t want CISNOC to be profiled, we want athletes to be profiled and I think this is what these awards do. It’s actually about rewarding and celebrating the achievements that these athletes have achieved and I think that’s a positive thing.

“We need to celebrate our achievements as much as we can.”

Lewis said a committee which is independent of CISNOC would be appointed to look at the nominations. The committee will follow a set criteria to choose the winners.

Meanwhile last year’s Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year recipients Brett Baudinet and Patricia Taea, respectively, will be the guest speakers at the 2019 National Sports Awards.

“We want this to be a (complete) Cook Islands sports awards. We want to highlight our own celebrities so last year we started this and we deliberately went and looked for Cook Islanders (living overseas) who have achieved a lot in their sporting careers and are still achieving,” Lewis said.

“This year we thought let’s bring it closer to home and have our Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year (from 2018) as guest speakers.”

The 2019 sports awards will start at 6pm. Tickets to the event which includes buffet dinner is $60 per person and can be purchased from CISNOC House in Nikao.

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