Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

Nelson Sports Awards

Date:     25/11/2017

Venue:  Rutherford Hotel, Nelson


Saturday, 25 November
Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

The Nelson Sports Awards is our signature event of the year and recognises outstanding performance to service and sport by people of the Nelson region.

Get ready for a great evening celebrating the successes of our region's athletes, coaches and lifetime contributors to sport. This is a highlight on the Nelson sporting calendar and a night not to be missed.


Guest Speaker - TOM WALSH

Tom has had an escalated rise to the top of his sport since making his international debut at the World Youth Championships in 2009. He is the curernt NZ national record holder both outdoors and indoors and the 2017 World Champion!


Known as the “Gentle Giant” Tom is a humble builder, who despite being the World Champion, a Commonwealth Games Silver medallist and owning both the NZ indoor and outdoor Shot Put records, still fronts at the building site knocking out houses with his mates.

Tom has a fantastic story to tell from grassroots Timaru to the best in the world!


Well known sports commentator John MacBeth will MC.


Categories for this year's awards:

  • Nelson Pine Industries Sportsman of the Year
  • Bowater Motor Group Sportswoman of the Year
  • More FM Sports Team of the Year
  • Sport Tasman Junior Sportsman of the Year
  • Hirepool Junior Sportswoman of the Year
  • Stuff Junior Sports Team of the Year
  • E'stel Masters Sportsperson/Sports Team of the Year
  • ASB Coach of the Year
  • Rata Foundation Lifetime Contribution to Sport

Click here to view a list of the 2017 nominees.



Awards Evening $95

Includes: free canapes on arrival, cash bar and 2 course meal to follow, Tom Walsh presentation, opening and dinner entertainment, drinks throughout the evening and Awards presentations.


Tables are in rounds of ten and you can either purchase a full or partial table. This event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased from Sport Tasman on 03 923 2311 or


Where & When

Rutherford Hotel, 27 Nile Street W, Nelson

Saturday, 25 November

5pm - 11pm


This is a formal, black tie event.



The event has been running since 1959. 

  • Click here to view the winners history.
  • For a list of 2016 winners click here
  • Lifetime Contribution to Sport recipients can be viewed here.

2016 Winner
Liam Malone

2015 Winner
Zoe McBride
2011 Winner
Shane Christie
2012 Winner
Team Seagate
Adventure Racing


More Information

For more information please contact Katie Arden, Events Manager


Phone: 03 923 2311


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Katie Arden
Events Manager
03 923 2311