Temuka sports awards on

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Not happening . . . The South Canterbury Sports Awards are usually a big event, but they will be very different this year due to Covid-19. PHOTO: COURIER FILES

by Chris Tobin

There will be no gala celebration for the South Canterbury sports awards this year but Temuka’s annual sports awards will still go ahead.

The South Canterbury ceremony was planned to go ahead on May 15 but that plan has been abandoned and the winners would now be named at a time yet to be determined.

Temuka’s awards were set to be held on March 27 with guest speaker champion cyclist Holly Edmondson when the Covid-19 lockdown was enforced, forcing the event to be abandoned.

A total of 26 nominations had been received for the awards which were also to have former Scotland international and ex-Temuka resident Brendon Laney as MC.

“We’re still hoping to have them at some stage and they haven’t been judged yet,” chairwoman of the Temuka Sports Group Ali Talbot said.

“We’ve got all year.”

Temuka’s award categories included volunteer administrator, junior sportsperson (up to 14 years), intermediate sportsperson (14 to 18 years), open sportsperson, junior team, senior team, and coach.