So 5 months into my placement at Harbour Sport and I still love life in New Zealand! Throughout this sheep covered land you are always bumping into and spotting celebrities when you are out and about. I got the chance to mix with a lot of famous people, as for one night I was amongst many past and current Olympic medal winners, and future Olympians and Champions. The event was the Harbour Sport ‘Sport Excellence Awards’, and what a night! After many months of planning and preparation making sure the best decorations, music and food were sourced, selecting the deserving winners from a wide pool of nominees, and selling all the tickets; the night could now go ahead.
My duties on the night required being seen by all and not to fall over. I was a trophy girl for the first half of the night, and photography assistant for the second half. These were great opportunities to build up my communication and presenting skills.
- When being a trophy girl I had to stand on the stage in the spot light ready to hand the trophy to a sponsor or award to a winner. Standing on stage in front of lots of people, including your whole work force and famous people, well all I can say is that it was scary but fun. Thank goodness....I didn’t drop a trophy or fall over! (See photo)
- When I was a photographer’s assistant I ushered the winners from the stage, congratulated them, and took them to have their photos. This was awesome as I got to chat to all of the famous sports heroes. I may have had a few sneaky photos with the stars (See photo).
A few of the sporting celebrities I have met over my time in New Zealand so far are:
- Usain Bolt – Fastest man on land.
- Valerie Adams – Double Olympic Shot Put Gold Medallist from Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
- Gary Freeman – one of New Zealand’s greatest rugby league players.
- Lisa Carrington’s partner (Missed Lisa by 5 minutes).
- Barbara Kendall – Won a Gold, Silver, and Bronze at three different Olympics in boardsailing. (See photo)
- Lydia Ko – Ranked Number 1 amateur golfer in the world.
- Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie – Gold medal Women’s Double Handed class London 2012 in sailing.
- Martin Devlin – One of New Zealand’s leading sports broadcasters and columnists.
- Brent Newdick – 1st Australian Decathlon Championship, and 12th Decathlon at London 2012 Olympics.
- Nathan Handley – Coach to Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie – Gold medal Women’s Double Handed class London 2012.
- New Zealand’s Women’s Waterpolo Team.
- Harbour Sports very own staff member Richard Casutt – Beach Volleyball 1st Men’s referee at World Tour’s 2012 and London 2012 Women’s quarter and semi-final.
- Swimming – 7 Olympians and 3 Paralympians represented New Zealand at London 2012 Olympics.
- Tony Woodcock’s wife (Tony was absent on the night of the Awards, but he was in the Champion All Blacks side that won the world cup.
- New Zealand Warriors – NZ’s Team in the Australian NRL..
With NZ being a country with a small population there is a pretty good chance of spotting someone famous, especially sports stars. I love being in New Zealand as it is such a nice place, and why not top it off with mixing with the celebs!