Coast sports awards ticket sales slow down

By Tui Bromley

Organisers of the West Coast Sportsperson of the Year awards dinner this weekend hope that late acceptors will snap up the unsold tickets to ensure a capacity audience for the mystery guest speaker at Shantytown.
Awards committee spokesman Chips Robinson said the scheduled guest speaker, Martin Devlin, had had to cancel, but MC Miles Davis had organised a high quality replacement.
“Unfortunately, I can not say who he is because we do not have total confirmation of his availability but we are 99% sure he will be here,” Robinson said.
“In the unlikely event that he, too, is unavailable we have a plan B to fall back on.”
Robinson said ticket sales, which were initially slow, sped up for a while but interest had waned again.
“It’s going to be a great night so I’d urge anyone thinking about going to get in tomorrow and book a seat.”
Previous winner, Hokitika axeman Adam Lowe, is again in the running for the main award, along with former Hokitika athlete Holly Robinson and young Cobden bowler Ethan Kelleher.
Vying for the sports administrator award are Ronnie McGee (hockey) and Anna Gordon (gymnastics), while the Greymouth Athletic Club’s Mahar Cup winning team and the West Coast under-15 boys’ hockey side are finalists for the teams award.