Unison medal updates

Unison rewards excellence as the junior sports season closes

September 12, 2018
With the region’s junior winter sports season coming to an end, Unison’s annual medal ceremonies for rugby, netball, hockey and for the first-time, football, saw over 550 young players presented with medals.

Held over the past two weeks at the Bay Outreach Centre in Hastings, junior football players were the first recipients to take the stage to receive their Unison Medal, which recognises excellence in the values of work ethic, discipline and fair play – both on and off the field.

Football medals were presented by Hawke’s Bay United and New Zealand Under 20 International, Jorge Akers, who vividly recalled his experiences as a young player upon meeting the junior footballers in attendance.

“As a young player, you naturally believe that you can achieve anything – and it’s this belief in yourself which ultimately leads to how successful you are in the future.
“I was honoured to be a part of football’s first ceremony, and to see how proud these young players were when they received their medal,” he said.

Medal recipient, Harry Caldwell from Napier City Rovers, said he was excited to receive the medal and to have a photo with Jorge. “It made me feel happy and proud to get one of these special medals for my football – I love playing football.”

Unison Relationship Manager, Danny Gough, said through its support of all four sports – junior football, rugby, hockey and netball – Unison has been able to engage with around 10,000 children and their families this year.

“We’re passionate about supporting our local communities, and about keeping them safe around our electrical assets within the region. These partnerships are a great vehicle for us to deliver electrical safety messages to our young people.

“It is continually recognised that great players of any sport start at grass roots level, and we’re extremely proud that our partnerships are helping to encourage healthy, active children in Hawke’s Bay. The medal ceremonies play an important part in helping to shape these young players,” said Mr Gough.

Junior Rugby Players Rewarded for Excellence On and Off the Field

August 28, 2017

With the 2017 junior rugby season drawing to a close this weekend, around 500 young rugby players, coaches and their families from across Hawke’s Bay gathered for Unison’s annual Junior Rugby Medal Ceremony at the Bay Outreach Centre in Hastings on Tuesday night. Bruno Phillips

Over 160 medals were given out to players aged from 5 to 12 years old who had demonstrated excellence on and off the field during the season. Recipients were presented their medal by members of the Hawke’s Bay Magpies including former All Black, Brad Weber and current Magpies captain, Ash Dixon.

HBRU Commercial Manager, Jay Campbell said the partnership with Unison which started nine years ago had grown from strength to strength.

“Unison’s support of rugby in Hawke’s Bay makes a significant difference to our junior rugby programme. This season the number of young players in Hawke’s Bay has increased by another two percent. This continues an ongoing trend in growth of junior player numbers for the last five years.  Unison’s support also allows us to continually lift the quality of the programmes we offer”

Unison Relationship Manager, Danny Gough, said the Unison Medal had become a highlight of the junior sports calendar for players across Hawke’s Bay. 

“The Medal Ceremony started back in 2009, as part of our initiative supporting grass-roots rugby. We’re thrilled to see how this event has evolved over the years and take immense pride in seeing how delighted the recipients are to receive their medal in front of their family and friends.”

He said the Medal Ceremony played an important role in helping shape young players on and off the field with one player from each team selected for displaying several important values.

Magpies 2017 1“The award recognises the values of work ethic, discipline, and fair play. These are all essential traits for any budding young person, not just in rugby but in life too."

Medal recipient, Bruno Phillips, of Hereworth School said, “I got a real buzz of being a part of the ceremony. I want to go on and become a Magpie, and winning this shows that I can do it.”

Mr Gough said its support of junior rugby, also enabled Unison to engage with children on important safety issues.

“We’re passionate about supporting our local communities, and about keeping them safe around our electrical assets within the region.  Our partnership with Hawke’s Bay rugby enabled us to engage with over 3,000 children and their families involved in the sport this year.”

 

Junior Hockey Players Recognised for Work Ethic and Attitude

August 31, 2015

Rachel-Mace,-Taupo-Pythons-Following the conclusion of the Taupo junior hockey season, Unison this week recognised players for their excellence, both on and off the field.

Unison Group Chief Executive Officer Ken Sutherland said the 41 recipients of the Unison Medal were nominated by their coaches for having consistently shown great work ethic, discipline and fair-play.

“This is the first year the Unison Medal has been awarded, as part of our support for grass-roots hockey in the region. 

“We were thrilled to see how delighted these young players were to receive their medal. We are proud to be able to recognise and encourage the future hockey stars in our region.”

Great Lake Taupo Hockey Club Development Officer, Aniek Lenoir, said the Club was very appreciative of the support from Unison.

“We are so thrilled to have Unison on board, and the kids and their families have really benefited from the partnership.

“The Unison Medal is a fantastic way to recognise the great qualities we encourage in young players, and it was a great moment for them to receive their award in front of their family and friends.”

Mr Sutherland said Unison’s support of junior hockey provided the Company with a valuable communication channel for sharing important safety messages with children, while at the same time supporting the club to enhance their development programmes, and nurture a life-long passion for the game in young players.

“We’re passionate about supporting our local communities, and about keeping them safe around our electrical assets within the region.  We’re proud to be hockey’s greatest supporter in Taupo.”

Coaches - get your thinking caps on!

July 15, 2015
Unison is proud to present the Unison Medal Ceremony for 2015!

The Unison Medal ceremony is the opportunity to recognise one star performer from every Hawke’s Bay junior rugby and netball team, PLUS every Taupo and Hawke's Bay junior hockey team for their outstanding commitment in showing our three key qualities; fair play, great work ethic and discipline throughout the season.

Coaches - get your thinking caps on!

Over the next few weeks, we would love for all coaches of Hawke's Bay junior rugby, netball and hockey teams AND Taupo junior hockey teams to have a think about who they would like to nominate to receive a medal at the Unison Medal Ceremony.
 
NOTE: Your nominee doesn't need to be the team's stand-out performer - it could be the player who consistently tries hard at every game or turns up to every practice with a positive attitude!

Once you have selected your star performer, please send the Nominees Full Name and Team Name to the following -

Taupo Junior Hockey -
send details to Anna at [email protected] (one nominee per team)
 
Hawke's Bay Junior Netball - enter details through Hawke's Bay Netballs website: http://www.hawkesbaynetball.co.nz/ and click on the 'Workshop/Registrations' tab at the top of the page. Once on this page you will see where it says Unison Medal Ceremony Nominations. Fill out the form to nominate your player (one nominee per team).

Hawke's Bay Junior Rugby - send details to Anna at [email protected] (one nominee per team)

Hawke's Bay Junior Hockey - send details to Michelle at [email protected] (one nominee per team)

We also ask for all coaches to please pass on the following information about the Unison Medal Ceremony to your nominee’s parents/ caregivers.
 
Taupo Junior Hockey - Unison Medal Ceremony
Date: Friday 14 August 2015
Venue: Great Lake Taupo Hockey Club
Mini Grade: 5pm start
Maxi Grade: 7.30pm

Hawke's Bay Junior Netball - Unison Medal Ceremony
Date: Wednesday 26 August 2015
Venue: Bay City Outreach Centre, Omahu Road, Hastings (look for the Unison flag at the door)
Time: 5pm start

Hawke's Bay Junior Rugby - Unison Medal Ceremony
Date: Tuesday 1 September 2015
Venue: Bay City Outreach Centre, Omahu Road, Hastings (look for the Unison flag at the door)
Time: 5pm start

Hawke's Bay Junior Hockey - Unison Medal Ceremony
Date: Wednesday 2 September 2015
Venue: Bay City Outreach Centre, Omahu Road, Hastings (look for the Unison flag at the door)
Time: 5pm start

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