In 2016, this region’s iconic celebration of sporting achievement recognises Cantabrians at the top of their game around the world. The 2016 Marriotts Hadlee Sports Awards event has attracted a record-setting 150 nominations across 29 sports.
“We know that our Canterbury region is often considered a capital of sporting achievement,” says Marriotts' CEO Graham Russell. “This year, however, our list of Awards finalists suggests that, more than ever, Canterbury sport has a special place on the world stage.”
All Canterbury teams (and junior teams) nominated for the Marriotts Hadlee Sports Awards in 2016 are national champions in their respective sport. The majority of individual sportspeople nominated have achieved this same honour.
Coach of the Year is the largest category this year, with 19 nominations; Outstanding Young Sportswoman attracted 16 nominees.
“Marriotts is an organisation that appreciates not only sporting success, but the dedication and selflessness behind each achievement. For the fourth year in a row, we are proud supporters of an event that recognises the exceptional standard our athletes, coaches, administrators and officials represent within New Zealand and around the world.”, says Marriotts’ CEO, Graham Russell.
In addition to their role as premier sponsor of the annual Marriotts Hadlee Sports Awards, Marriotts has been responsible for supporting Sport Canterbury to launch New Zealand’s first sport leadership programme of its kind.
According to Sport Canterbury Chief Executive Julyan Falloon: "Our focus is on growing the next generation of sporting leaders. We have found a partner in the community, Marriotts Chartered Accountants, who share our vision. The future of sport affects our economy, and wider community health and wellbeing. Therefore the impact we can have on future sporting leadership has far-reaching effects.”
The Marriotts Sport Leadership Programme focuses on the region’s emerging leaders with a long-term impact on community sport. This programme supports their leadership growth, promoting workforce retention and offering an unparalleled peer support network.
Canterbury saw a significant turnover in sports leadership following the earthquakes of 2010/11, with 18 of the sector leaders leaving their roles, or the region.
In 2015, the Marriotts Sport Leadership Programme welcomed a new intake of 12 promising sector leaders, representing nine sporting codes, tertiary institutions, local government and Sport Canterbury.
"At Marriotts we are passionate about helping Christchurch and Canterbury to be the best place in the world to live and work," says Graham Russell, Marriotts’ Chief Executive.
"Enabling sporting excellence and underpinning success is central to what we do and how we help."