Finalists announced for 2023 HNZ Awards

Hockey New Zealand is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2023 edition of our annual awards.

There were lots of wonderful people nominated which made it difficult to narrow down the awards to a list of finalists.

Our sport wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for the dedication and sacrifice of individuals, who mostly volunteer, and they are responsible for creating experiences that enable more people to see, experience, and love hockey. 

And, while we congratulate our wonderful finalists, we would like to recognise the innumerous people whose often unseen work keeps things working smoothly.


Volunteer of the Year:

  • Hannah Le Quesne (North Harbour)
  • Richard Baggs (Waikato)
  • Andrew Bethwaite (Manawatu)
  • Geoff Williamson (Tauranga)

Most Outstanding Young Person of the Year:

  • Emilie Gordon (North Harbour)
  • Benjamin Pilmore-Evans (Waikato)
  • Alyssa Velluppillai (Nelson)

Club of the Year:

  • Hornby Hockey Club (Canterbury)
  • Omanu Beach Hockey Club (Tauranga)

Community Initiative of the Year:

  • Te Hōnonga a Iwi Rosedale Restoration Project (North Harbour)
  • Disability Play Partnership (Canterbury)
  • Hockey for Everyone (Nelson)

Technical Official of the Year:

  • David Potter (Counties-Manukau)
  • Nicola Rankin (Canterbury)
  • Jackie Tomlinson (Manawatu)

Community Umpire of the Year:

  • Emma Bromell (Invercargill)
  • Alexander Stokes (Waikato)

Most Promising Female Umpire of the Year:

  • Sara Cox (Canterbury)
  • Lexie Etherington (Wellington)
  • Sabina East (North Harbour)

Most Promising Male Umpire of the Year:

  • Ethan Booth (Canterbury)
  • Chris Hill (Wellington)
  • Michael Marychurch (North Harbour)

Male Umpire of the Year:

  • Bevan Nichol (Waikato)
  • David Tomlinson (Manawatu)
  • Gareth Greenfield (Canterbury)

Female Umpire of the Year:

  • Amber Church (Poverty Bay)
  • Katrina Turner (Canterbury)
  • Kelly Hudson (Tauranga)


Posted on Tuesday, 31 October, 2023 | Feature