May and Tomlinson Award Finalists

Harness Racing New Zealand is thrilled to announce that two of our industry participants have made the finals for this year’s Norwood Rural Games Awards.

For the first time Harness Racing was included in the awards, which are held to celebrate sports with animal and rural backgrounds.

Held in conjunction with the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North on March 9 and 10, the Norwood Awards are to be held on Friday 8 March at Awapuni Racecourse.

Sheree Tomlinson has made the final three for the Fonterra New Zealand Rural Youth of the Year, with last year’s Australasian Young Drivers Championship victory and her history making Dominion Handicap win propelling her into the final.

Whilst Ricky May made the final cut for the prestigious Toyota Lifetime Legacy category.

The award is for sportspeople who have consistently delivered at the elite level in their sport – fitting for a seven time New Zealand Cup winning driver, with strong rural roots through his ‘other’ career in agriculture.

Harness Racing New Zealand congratulates Sheree and Ricky on this huge achievement to just make the finals, given that this has been the most competitive year for the judges to decide on just three finalists.

We wish them all the very best for the Awards on March 8. Full information on the Rural Games can be found at

2019 Norwood Rural Games Awards Finalists

Norwood NZ Rural Sportsman Of The Year:
• Tony Bouskill – Fencing – Napier
• Kieran Fowler – Gumboot Throwing – Dunedin
• James Kilpatrick – Tree Climbing - Tauranga

Skellerup NZ Rural Sportswoman Of The Year:
• Nicky Ward-Allen – Tree Climbing – Eltham
• Pagan Karauria - Wool Handling – Alexandra
• Bex Baynes – Sheep Dog Trials - Wairoa

Fonterra NZ Rural Youth Of the Year:
• Briar Burnett-Grant – Equestrian - Taupo
• Bradley McDowell – Cowboy Action Shooting - Wanganui
• Sheree Tomlinson – Harness Racing - Canterbury

Levno Contribution To Rural Sport:
• David James – NZ Arb – Blenheim
• Neil Sidwell – Shearing – Waiwera
• Nick Liefting – Fencing – Pukekohe

Toyota Lifetime Legacy:
• Ricky May – Harness Racing – Ashburton
• Hugh McCarrol – Shearing – Whangamata
• Maurice Beatson – Equestrian – Dannevirke


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