Andrew Hoggard from Federated Farmers, with the 2018 Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Rural Sports Award winner Jude McNab and Sir Brian Lochore

Sportsman honoured

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Kiwi sporting legend Sir Brian Lochore will be honoured at the upcoming Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards.

The prestigious awards celebrate the cream of New Zealand’s rural sportspeople and will be presented on Friday, March 8 2019, as part of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games.

The Allflex Sir Brian Lochore Outstanding Sportsperson from a Rural Background Award will honour an athlete from any sports code who comes from a rural background.

“Allflex is all about excellence, commitment and performance in the rural sector, so sponsoring an award acknowledging the excellence, commitment and performance of athletes from rural backgrounds made perfect sense to us,” says Allflex Asia-Pacific and China chief executive, Shane McManaway.

Norwood CEO Tim Myers said Sir Brian is a living Kiwi legend who has been a great friend to rural sports for generations, so it is right to honour him.

Nominations are now open for: The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year, Skellerup New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year, Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year, Levno Contribution to the New Zealand Rural Sports Industry, Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award and the Allflex Sir Brian Lochore Outstanding Sportsperson from a Rural Background.

“The challenges for rural athletes can be great, including lack of facilities, lack of coaching, and immense distances travelled to train and compete. I am delighted to be associated with an award that recognises the extra challenges these athletes have had to meet and overcome to achieve success in their fields and the contribution they have made to New Zealand,” says Sir Brian.

Nominations close at the end of January 2019 and finalists will be announced in February 2019. Tickets are available from Kris Taylor at Taylored Events on 021 488 424 or emailkris@tayloredevents.co.nz.