Call goes out for Central’s superwomen

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YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz

Do you know an amazing, exceptional or inspiring woman?

If so, Crystal Currie and Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay want to hear from you.

They have launched the inaugural Central Otago Women of the Year awards and nominations are now open.

“We thought it was about time to honour women in our district who inspire us, do amazing things, have achieved incredible things, or made an extraordinary contribution to our community” Ms Currie said.

“We want to celebrate those women.

“It will be an honour to have that title and the recognition.

“It will be a prestigious award.”

There are four sections in the awards: Women in Business; Inspirational Women; Community Women and Women of the Future (for 16 to 24-year-olds).

Mrs Stirling-Lindsay said the idea had come from discussions a couple of months ago and following support for the idea from friends and members of the Sharp Pencils Central Otago Network Group the women decided to development the concept even further.

“They were really exciting about it,” Mrs Stirling-Lindsay said.

“It is about acknowledging and lifting people up.”

She said women could come from any sphere, from business and arts to sport and volunteering.

Nomination forms are now available on www.cowomenoftheyear.co.nz and close on October 19.

The nominated women must live in the Central Otago district, which covers Cromwell, Teviot Valley, Maniototo and Alexandra, and they must be available on November 24, the night of the awards function.

After the nominations close, the judges will go through the forms and select the top three finalists in each of the categories.

They will then be interviewed and invited to the awards ceremony where the winners will be announced.

Mrs Stirling-Lindsay said although they had several companies involved as sponsors, they were keen to invite more to get on board.