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This is a very large scale event with many variables to consider. The fact that is also so beneficial to the local community in terms of the visiting numbers and fundraising opportunities for local sports and community groups is also fantastic.
Jess Somerville, TrustPower Community Relations Representative

The Awards were announced and presented on Monday 12 November at a function at the EdgeWater Resort. The TrustPower Queenstown Lakes District Community Awards are run in conjunction with the Queenstown Lakes District Council. 

For winning the Supreme Award, Sevens with Altitude Committee received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Sevens with Altitude Committee will now represent the region at the 2012 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in the Far North district in March 2013. 

In total, TrustPower has given away $5,250 to various community groups through tonight’s Awards. 

For nine years now the Sevens with Altitude Committee have organised the player focused National Rugby Sevens’s tournament in Queenstown. 

In the lead up to the event the ‘Sevens with Altitude’ committee liaise with 26 provincial unions and various suppliers, such as Air new Zealand, about the movement of the 256 players and management to the tournament. On top of this accommodation is organised, pub charities approached, local bodies consulted and the logistics of the event organised. 

This event is also used as a fundraising vehicle by other sports clubs and community groups and closer to the day more than 100 volunteers are rounded up to assist with work behind the scenes including selling programmes, fencing off areas, removing rubbish and security. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says the energy and enthusiasm the Sevens with Altitude Committee pour into this event each year is very inspiring. 

“This is a very large scale event with many variables to consider. The fact that is also so beneficial to the local community in terms of the visiting numbers and fundraising opportunities for local sports and community groups is also fantastic. 

“This group have also worked hard to raise the profile of this tournament, and s you can imagine planning happens throughout the year. It’s a huge credit to all that are involved but particularly the seven gems who drive this competition. We are looking forward to having them along to 2012 National Community Awards in March next year!” says Miss Somerville. 

The competition for this year’s TrustPower Queenstown Lakes District Community Awards was close with 36 entries, the largest amount of different entries ever received for the Awards. 

Other winners at tonight’s TrustPower Queenstown Lakes District Community Awards were: 

Heritage and Environment
Winner: Wakatipu Community Maritime Preservation Society
Runner-Up: Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust
Commendation: Lake Hawea Thursday Morning Foreshore Working Group 

Health and Well Being
Joint Winner: Arrowtown police Station Volunteers
Joint Winner: St John Wakatipu
Runner-Up: Upper Clutha Senior Citizens Club Incorporated 

Arts and Culture
Winner: Festival of Colour
Runner-Up: Rockformation 

Sport and Leisure
Winner: Bike Wanaka
Runner-Up: Queenstown Ice Hockey Club 

Educational and Child/Youth Development
Winner: Altrusa International Club Queenstown
Runner-Up: The St Margaret’s Remarkable Readers 

Supreme Winner
Sevens with Altitude