Jun 26, 2017
Ricoh Southland was once again proud to support the Coach of the Year category at the 2016/17 ILT Southland Sports Awards.
The Ricoh-sponsored award was won by cycling coach Karl Watson who, over the past year, coached two athletes – Bradly Knipe and Emma Cumming – to gold medals at the UCI Junior World Track Cycling Championships.
In front of a 425-strong crowd at the Ascot Park Hotel, Ricoh Southland Managing Director Reece McDonald acknowledged the important role coaches played in sport.
“Ricoh Southland is proud to continue its longstanding support of this category at the ILT Southland Sports Awards,” he said, after the awards.
“The value of a good coach just can’t be underestimated.”
“The dedication, commitment and enthusiasm Karl displays, as well as the results his athletes achieve, are simply outstanding. While we congratulate him on winning this well-deserved award, we’d also like to acknowledge and congratulate the other finalists in the Ricoh Southland Coach of the Year category – Joe Findley, Nathan Muir and Dennis Thompson – who all achieved some fantastic results over the past year.”
Sport Southland Acting Chief Executive Vanessa Hughey said it was brilliant to have Ricoh Southland on board to support the ILT Southland Sports Awards.
“Ricoh Southland are wonderful supporters of sport and of individual athletes at a variety of levels in the south, and they are also a long-time partner and provider of services to Sport Southland,” she said.
“We really value their ongoing support and it’s fantastic to have them involved with such a positive event.”