The event was MC’d by sports broadcaster Rikki Swannell and celebrated outstanding achievements within the New Zealand blind and low vision sports community.
Announcing the Team of the Year Award, Packaworld Chief Executive Peter Roberts paid homage to the group’s hard work and impressive international performances on the bowling green.
“The winners of this award have shone on the world stage winning silver at the Blind Lawn Bowls World Championships in the B3 mixed pairs. They went on to place fifth in the B2/B3 mixed pairs at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in a tightly contested tournament.”
Playing with a vision impairment means Stallard and Curran enter the bowling green with directors to give them directions, distances, and a picture of where the bowls have ended up. Stallard plays with Blick as his director and Curran’s director is Muir.
Mr Roberts said the team’s success showed what could be achieved with dedication and hard work behind the scenes. It was a success story that aligned perfectly with Packaworld’s mission of “smashing exclusion” and “making the joy of sport real to more people”, and it was an honour to be able to present them with the award at the blind and low vision community’s premier awards event, he said.
Stallard also won the Blind Sport New Zealand Sportsman of the Year Award, and Supreme Award.
Mr Roberts said Packaworld had worked closely with Blind Sport New Zealand in recent years to develop high quality portable posts for the sport of goalball and full-sized inflatable rugby posts for blind rugby, and would continue support blind and low vision sport in future.
Saturday night’s awards ceremony was the first Blind Sport New Zealand Sport Awards since 2006.
Blind Sport New Zealand National Manager Dan Shepherd said it was “fantastic” to see the blind and low vision sport community coming together to celebrate its sporting achievements.
“I am proud that Blind Sport New Zealand has relaunched this awards ceremony after 12 years and am excited for the future of our organisation”.
Award recipients 2018:
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