Administrators and officials to be honoured at ILT Sports Awards
Administrators and officials are often the unsung heroes of sport, but Southland’s best will get their opportunity in the spotlight at Friday’s ILT Southland Sports Awards.
There are four finalists in the BDO Administrator of the Year category for 2019 – Jill Bolger (basketball), Rex Capil (softball), Nigel Skelt (badminton) and Jo Smith (tennis) and two more in the Creation Signs Official of the Year category – Erin Criglington (cycling) and Kristie Simpson (netball).
Bolger has been at the helm of the Southland Sharks since the franchise began a decade ago, with the Sharks securing three national titles in that time. She has also been recognised nationally, including being appointed to the NZ NBL board.
Capil has advanced from provincial and national governance to play a leading role in softball at the Oceania and international level, including in the amalgamation with basketball to form WBSC Oceania.
Skelt has also moved through the ranks at national level, firstly as a player and then as an administrator, to be selected for important roles with badminton’s ruling body, the Badminton World Federation, on the communications and media committee, which he chairs, and the marketing committee.
Smith is a highly-valued volunteer tennis administrator with both the Waihopai club and Tennis Southland. She has been a driving force at both levels, fulfilling nearly every role going, including a recent resurfacing project at the Waihopai courts.
In the official category, Criglington qualified as an elite national commissaire for both track and road cycling in 2018 and was invited to officiate at the Tour of China, an arduous two-week event which covered 1400km of racing.
Like Criglington, Simpson is a regular finalist at the ILT Southland Sports Awards. In her ninth year as a nationally-ranked umpire, Simpson was involved in the Commonwealth Games, ANZ Premiership finals and International Quad Series last year.
The finalists for all eight categories – ILT Senior Sportsperson, Vodafone Junior Sportsperson, Southland Kia Team of the Year, Ricoh Coach of the Year, Creation Signs Official of the Year, NZME Masters Achievement, BDO Administrator of the Year, Southland Times People’s Choice Sporting Moment and Sport Southland Services to Sport – will be announced at a gala function on Friday night at the Ascot Park Hotel.