The ADBA Sports Awards

Established in 2014 every year the Auckland Dragon Boat Association (ADBA) members and committee takes time to recognise the epic drive and passion of our outstanding coaches, captains, team managers and volunteers.  

Members of the ADBA are invited to submit nominations at the end of the season describing the outstanding attributes of a ADBA coach, manager and/or captain for the annual award.  

Each nomination is reviewed by a select panel who form a short list which is reviewed by merit and voted on.  The winners of each category are announced middle of May each year.  See our Wall of Fame for the past recepients.


The Categories

The following categories are ADBA member nominated:

  • Coach of the Year
  • Sweep of the Year
  • Captain of the Year
  • Team Manager of the Year

The following categories are ADBA committee nominated:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Novice Sweep of the Year
  • Novice Coach of the Year
  • Chairman's Award
  • Most Improved Team is based on team "final" times 2020 vs 2021



The Criteria

Coach of the Year

  • Excellent technical knowledge & execution

  • Excellent teaching skills

  • Excellent leader

  • Excellent motivator

  • Excellent sportsmanship


Sweep of the Year

  • Excellent technical knowledge & execution

  • Excellent sportsmanship

  • Calm in all situations

  • Reliability

  • Excellent communication skills

  • ​​​​​​​Working within the team's skills and capabilities


Team Manager

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Well organised

  • Well respected and respectful

  • Excellent administrator


Team Captain

  • Excellent motivator

  • Excellent communication

  • Fellowship

  • Leadership

  • Knowing your team

  • Excellent sportsmanship


Novice Coach (added in 2018)

  • In first year of coaching

  • Same criteria as a coach

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