The 2016 edition of the National Forum, Awards and Annual General Meeting have wrapped up for another year.
On Saturday 3 December Squash New Zealand Board members and staff spent time with representatives from the 11 District Associations to hear the issues and challenges facing the game. The day offered a valuable opportunity to engage and work closer together to help the game we are all so passionate about, with the key themes from the day including: strengthening connections; growing participation; annual planning; improving financial resilience; and the national events schedule.
On Saturday evening Squash New Zealand's Annual National Awards were held at the Jet Park Hotel and Conference Centre in Auckland. The result was a night to remember with 70 attendees watching on as the sport's highest achievers of 2016 were honoured. Master of Ceremonies and former squash player Martin Devlin ensured the night went smoothly and with plenty of laughs whilst celebrating all that is great about the past, present and future of our game.
Club of the Year: Hamilton Squash and Tennis (Waikato)
New Coach of the Year: Kylie Lindsay (Bay of Plenty)
Club / School Coach of the Year: Adam Odering (Canterbury)
Performance Coach of the Year: Paul Hornsby (Auckland)
Volunteer of the Year: Paul Growcott (Canterbury)
Chairman's Award: World Doubles Team (Joelle King, Amanda Landers-Murphy, Paul Coll, Campbell Grayson and Glen Wilson)
Personality of the Year: Paul Coll (Canterbury)
Click here for more information about the National Awards.
The Annual General Meeting was held Sunday December 4. For the election of the Squash New Zealand Executive Board there were three nominations for two positions. In accordanace with the Board rotation policy Steve Dunbar (Wellington) and Tony Johnston (Otago) were required to retire but both were seeking re-election. Vaughan Utteridge (Canterbury) was the third nomination. Following the voting Steve Dunbar and Vaughan Utteridge were elected to the Board. Squash New Zealand Board Chair, Greg McKeown, acknowledged Tony's contribution to squash over many years and thanked him for his services to the Board.
The 2016 Squash New Zealand Annual Report was also released. Click here for an electronic version.