The driving force behind our new National Hockey Centre

2019 Pakistan Trophy winner – Sharon Williamson

The Pakistan Trophy is awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the administration of hockey in the previous 12 months.

At this year’s Hockey New Zealand awards on Friday, we acknowledged two Pakistan Trophy winners – both the 2019 and 2020 recipients of this prestigious award due to last year’s ceremony being cancelled.

Sharon Williamson was the driving force behind the delivery of our new premier hockey venue – the National Hockey Centre.

The North Harbour stalwart volunteered thousands of hours of her time across seven years to ensure this world-class facility opened in time for the first 2020 FIH Hockey Pro League matches.

Williamson has had a lifelong involvement in hockey but it is her leadership of the new National Hockey Centre in Albany that is unquestionably her most significant achievement.

This fit-for-purpose facility with five turfs is the home of North Harbour’s growing 8000-strong hockey community, our Vantage Black Sticks squads and top-tier international events.

As Chair of the centre’s Governance Group, many have commented that the centre would not be a reality today without her input, drive and commitment.

Building and maintaining relationships is where Williamson comes into her own, and the strength of the many complex relationships within this project ensured some incredibly tight timeframes were able to be met.

In any conversation about North Harbour Hockey, our 2019 Pakistan Trophy winner would be one of the first mentioned. Her involvement with Harbour has spanned a lifetime as a player, coach, manager, donor, acting Chief Executive, Board member and Harbour Hockey Charitable Trustee.

Quite simply, North Harbour Hockey is Williamson’s second home.

Posted on Sunday, 2 May, 2021 | CommunityFeature