Harbour Sport Awards Finalists and Winners

We are very proud to share with you our hockey whanau that have received Harbour Sport Awards for 2021/21. Unfortunately, covid restrictions have meant our whanau were not able to be part of a celebration evening, but we are pleased to see them recognised on the regional stage.

See below some of the outstanding work our community are out there doing!

Harbour Sport Volunteer of the Year 2020/21 Winner: Judith Quinlan

Judith was the recipient of the Hockey New Zealand Volunteer of the Year Award in 2020, and to see her also recognised on a regional cross-code scale, is simply incredible. It demonstrates how lucky our hockey community is to have you Judith and without a doubt, our whanau agrees!

It is not just the time Judith gives, but her personal attributes that have really made her stand out. She always approaches each role with the participant in the center, treating everyone with the care and respect they deserve. Judith will support any individual to voice their thoughts and help grow the confidence of so many of our players, coaches, and officials. A mum of many kids who run around our village green, a friend to many whom she engages with a drink will sitting at the table her club purchased for NHHA, and a voice for our family members when she shares considered thoughts across all the working groups and committees she is on.

Judith firmly believes that everyone should be having fun at hockey, and this is evident through the engagement of every stakeholder that interacts with her. Whether she is coaching a primary student trying hockey for the first time or as a fellow committee member planning the next fundraising event at the meeting table. Her warm personality makes her an approachable and friendly coach and a loyal team teammate. While her integrity makes her an honest and therefore a key divisional member for many NHHA concerns and reviews.

Harbour Sport Giesen Sporting Acknowledgement Award: Richard Shorter

This award recognises individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution towards their sporting code. North Harbour is proud to see our whanau recognised on a region cross-code stage and thankful to have such loyal members in our community.

Richard’s contributions to NHHA over the last 29 years includes volunteering as an umpire, and more recently, a match director, competition software manager and member of the Umpires and Official’s Executive Committee. To elaborate, he has volunteered over 12 years, to our committee attending monthly meetings to ensure smooth operational and strategic direction of the Officiating landscape at North Harbour Hockey.

Harbour Sport Giesen Sporting Acknowledgement Award: Murray Goad

Not being a hockey player, like many, Murrays’ first involvement with the Association was as a parent chairing the Junior Division from 2000. After a short break, it was a natural progression to the Chair of the Secondary Schools Division, while he balanced this with various representative volunteer coaching roles. As if this was not enough, Murray also supported Team Orange, as an umpire and a committee member receiving the Emarili Trophy for services to Umpiring in 2012. More recently, Murray is known for leading his team of volunteers to deliver the world class international events hosted at the National Hockey Centre (and always with a story to tell after) as well as his dedication to the role of NHHA president. Not to mention his support in developing High performance Centre on Harbour 5, here at the National Hockey Centre.

Harbour Sport Community Impact Project/programme Award Winner: Cubs and Hawklet's Development Programme

The award recognises an initiative or programme that has gone above and beyond, to make an impact on their sporting community.

The project was not in the original plan for 2020. However, following the 2-3 months of lockdown, we knew delivering this programme was essential for our rangitahi that love our game so much.

Covid restrictions meant we had to think strategically and deliver carefully, but we knew our team were up for the task. We would like to thank every coach umpire and volunteer that was part of the programme, across both he Under 13 and 16 age groups. We would also like to thank all our parents for trusting North Harbour to provide a positive and safe experience to your tamariki, in uncertain times.

Since 2020, we are proud to have enhanced this programme to now span across the Under 12, 14 and 16 age groups, offering a hockey experience to more players, umpires, and coaches.

We also must thank our Hockey Development team, for making this programme happen!

Harbour Sport Finalist: Umpire of the Year: Simon Taylor

After umpiring 150 + international matches, 2021 has been Simon’s last year as an international umpire.  In his time, he was the first umpire to achieve 25 years of umpiring in the National Hockey League. Simon holds the record for consecutive years as NHHA’s Senior Umpire of the year for over 10 years and should we have had a regular hockey season, there is no doubt he would have received this award again in 2021.

Boarder restrictions in 2020-2021, caused restrictions on many international athletes including our officials. Simon performed in every opportunity that was available as an international umpire from New Zealand.

We are sad to see him hang up the whistle but could not be prouder to have been his supporting association throughout his career.