Marie Dale recognised at regional awards for her efforts to help kids play sport

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Hautapu Sports Club’s Marie Dale has been recognised at Sport Waikato’s regional awards, as a nominee for Community Unsung Hero.

Her nomination was celebrated at the 2022 Waikato Sport & Active Recreation Awards held at the Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton, in late January.

Club president Dave Simes congratulated her, saying: “While Marie is the major driver behind our junior hockey programme and junior summer touch, she has also provided fantastic voluntary support to Hautapu Sports across junior netball and junior rugby, assisted managing the senior men’s 7’s team, senior touch module, and is the go-to for all club registrations, player clearances, and general administration for all senior rugby grades.

“The level of her voluntary work and commitment to supporting young sports people across all codes was acknowledged in 2022 where she received the club’s highest award as ‘Volunteer of the Year’.”

Marie Dale won the Wayne Sheeran Memorial Award for services to Hautapu Sports.

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Main photo: How Marie Dale’s achievements were displayed at Claudelands Events Centre.

The award citation

Here’s what the Sport Waikato award citation said about Marie Dale:

“Marie goes above and beyond for kids* sports in the Cambridge community.

“Marie Dale has made a significant impact on the sports community in Cambridge, particularly in hockey and touch.

“She has organised and managed the Cambridge mini hockey league, and has been involved in organising for nearly 300 kids.

“She has been instrumental in getting hundreds of Cambridge kids involved in sport and has worked tirelessly to ensure that sports leagues in the community run smoothly.

“Marie’s efforts have been of great benefit to the community, and she is a deserving candidate for the Unsung Hero’ award.”

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