Community group skating to success

Trustpower Western Bay of Plenty District Community Awards supreme winners Omokoroa Community Skate Group will represent the area at the Trustpower National Community Awards in Rotorua next weekend. Photo: Trustpower/Facebook.

Omokoroa Community Skate Group is going head-to-head against the country's best and brightest voluntary groups and organisations at the Trustpower National Community Awards.

The supreme winners of the Trustpower Western Bay of Plenty District Community Awards held last year, will represent the area at the national awards which will be held in Rotorua on March 24-26.

Joining Omokoroa Community Skate Group at the awards will be representatives from 24 other voluntary groups or organisations from around New Zealand who were also named supreme winners at their regional Trustpower Community Awards.

Trustpower community relations representative Teresa Partridge says Omokoroa Community Skate Group have put together a wonderful eight minute presentation on what they have has achieved and why they deserve the title of Trustpower National Community Award Supreme Winner.

They will be judged on their presentation, along with a 1000 word summary of the organisation.

“This band of volunteers worked so hard to make their skate park dream a reality, getting very creative with fundraising. The resulting skate park facility is for the community and offers a challenging, yet modest neighbourhood skate facility that can be enjoyed by all ages.

“We can't wait for them to share their story on the national stage.”

Heading along to the awards from the skate group will be Erin and Sam Cartwright, along with Western Bay of Plenty District Mayor Garry Webber and his wife Carole.

Should they be named the national supreme winner, the Omokoroa Skate Group will walk away with a custom-made trophy, $4000 in prize money, a framed certificate, plus a $1000 consultancy voucher from one of New Zealand's leading training providers for the community sector, Exult.

The runner up will receive $2500 in prize money, a $500 Exult voucher and a framed certificate, while the Whetū Mātaiata Award recipient receives a framed certificate and a consultancy service package from the award sponsor Exult.

The presentations take place on Saturday, March 25, in the BayTrust Forum at Rotorua Energy Events Centre, with the supreme winner, runner-up and Whetū Mātaiata Award winner to be announced at an awards dinner that evening at Blue Baths.



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