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A man in a backwards black baseball cap, grey hoodie and blue sport shorts talks to a group of school children in green jerseys sitting on a gym floor, watched by a brown haired man in a blue tracksuit top with red striped sleeves

Continuing our series profiling the Selwyn Awards 2018 winners. Selwyn Sport Charitable Trust won the Sport Award.

Winning at the 2018 Selwyn Awards a humbling experience.

The Selwyn Sport Charitable Trust were excited about entering the Selwyn Awards, seeing it as a great opportunity to reflect and take a strategic look at how far the trust had come since their creation in 2013.

Winning wasn’t even on their radar. So the announcement at the Awards Gala Dinner at the Lincoln Event Centre (LEC) came as a pleasant surprise. “It was a really humbling experience to be acknowledged and recognised at the dinner [as the winner of the Sport Award], and it was nice to have the validation that the Trust was actually achieving to the level that we thought” says Michael Wilson, Executive Officer of the Trust.

Established to promote and support participation in sport and recreation in Selwyn, the Trust’s primary objective is to increase participation and volunteering in sport and active recreation by supporting, coordinating and complementing existing providers – clubs, schools and community groups.

The Trust has grown steadily and everyone involved is passionate about identifying new opportunities, filling gaps and delivering on the needs and desires of those they work with. “Wow moments happen often, especially with younger children who are so raw and real with their emotions. The Awards process really enabled us to look back on our six year journey and reflect on those wow moments,” says Michael.

He would definitely encourage others to enter the Awards and highly recommends attending the Awards Gala Dinner. The dinner, he says, is a celebration of everything Selwyn and allows individuals and businesses to connect with others in the District who are also achieving amazing things.

So where to now? “We will continue to grow!” say Michael. “Winning has allowed us to develop the reputation and brand awareness [of the Trust] and we now have faith in going out, telling our story and talking about what we are trying to achieve.”