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Past Experience Winner

Elliot Hira and the kids of Kohukohu School


 Elliot Hira - team experience winner (April 2017)

Noticing the lack of sporting opportunities in his tiny Northland town, local policeman and volunteer Elliot Hira took it upon himself to set up a free community gym.

To say thanks, Lotto rewarded him and the kids of Kohukohu School with the ultimate team experience — a trip to Auckland to met boxing legend Shane Cameron!


Steve and Debbie - team experience winners (December 2016)

Meet Steve & Debbie Hitakaiwai of the Waitakere Bears Softball Club our latest 'Thank a Sport Maker' team experience winners. 

Steve and Debbie having been volunteering at the club for over 10 years as manager and coach. This dynamic duo go above and beyond for their team and really bring out the best in their players - they just won Auckland Grand Final for their age group!

As winner's of the team experience prize, Lotto NZ organised a team trip so that they could have bit of fun! The day kicked off with a few games of paintball in Woodhill forest. This was followed by a team lunch at a local orchard to refuel before we surprised the team with a luxury hummerzine ride around Auckland.


Nevo Simanu - team experience winner (August)

Nevo has been a volunteer volleyball coach at Sacred Heart College for over 10 years. He gives up 20 hours a week training four teams on top of his normal full time job, as well as fundraising for uniforms and trips away for the girls.

A team reunion was organised for Nevo, where past and present volleyballers came together for an afternoon of food, fun and games!


Dallas Storer — team experience winner (April 2016)

Sport Maker winner Dallas Storer (centre) was nominated for his extraordinary efforts in transforming unused land in his community into BMX track and skate park for everyone to enjoy. 

Being the humble man Dallas is, he wanted his team experience to be about giving back so we organised a club day for everyone in the community to enjoy.

Dallas was presented with his Sport Maker award by BMX NZ Sportswoman of the Year Caitlin Georgantas along with some new bikes and gear for his BMX Club. Spot prizes were given out and everyone enjoyed a BBQ and delicious cake before getting out on the track to show off their skills.  


Jason King — team experience winner (November 2015)

Sport Maker Jason King was nominated by multiple people thanking him for his voluntary work with the First Kicks Whanganui football programme. Jason has been running the programme for the past four years on Saturday mornings at Wembley Park.  

As a part of Jason's team experience prize, Wellington Phoenix players Ben Sigmund and Lewis Italiano came along and did some training drills with the kids for an afternoon of football fun. 


Kara Hodge — team experience winner (August 2015)

Kara Hodge received a Sport Maker award and an ultimate team experience for his inspirational commitment to the Tokoroa High School Girls 1st XV team.

A renowned rugby league man of 20 years, he has been known to watch YouTube for rugby moves, rules and game plans and often finishes work early to hold team trainings. The support from Kara and his wife, Ange, who is also the team manager, means the girls always have transport to games and meals at the ready, no questions asked. He has taught the girls to support each other, work as a team and respect their opposition no matter what the outcome and takes very little credit for their success. 

Kara' s team experience was a team trip to Rotorua, where the team had some fun on the zipline, luge and gondola followed by some relaxation in the hot pools. 



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