Bream Bay Sports Awards History

Bream Bay Sports Awards History

As I write this, the Supreme Award is the only one with a full record of winners.

Winners of the 'Service to Sport' award, and thus people who played signicant roles in their respective sports include Golfers Ivan Bartulovich, Ken Moreland and Pat Fowler. Fowler was also prominent in lawn bowls and Dulcie Leech in Squash.

Patsy Dawes, the co-ordinator at the Ruakaka Rec. at the time, was the inspiration behind the idea to get the ball rolling. After a number of successful years, it was the turn of long time O.T.Pt. resident Gwen Melville. Notable speakers during this period included netball star Bernece Mene and cricket umpire, Billy Bowden. Following on from Gwen was Grant Kewene, who was then the Rec, co-ordinator.

After Grant left the district, the Awards slipped into recess for the next 7 years, until being revived by a small comm. lead by Ken Moreland. He was supported by a former M.C., Jim Edge, Sec. Michelle Halloran, BBay News Editor Marilyn Cox [Nominations], and Rowan Watson contributing financial advice. With the population of BBay having now expanded significantly, and the availability of the new 'Celtic Barn' in Waipu , the discussion was made to make this the Awards new home. NZ Rugby 7's legend, Eric Rush was the first speaker in the new era. With new trophies designed and created by Gary Sandford, the stage is set for the Award evening to be a 'Highlight' on Bream Bay's social calendar now and into the future.