Decades of sports writing recognised

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By ROBYN BRISTOW

A stalwart of local sport in North Canterbury, Lindsay Kerr, who describes himself as nothing more than a “weekend hack”, has been honoured for his contribution to sport over many years.

He was awarded the Garry Frew Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Provincial Sports Journalism at the 2017 Sport New Zealand Sir Terry McLean National Sports Journalism Awards.

He is the first Cantabrian and only the third South Islander to win that particular award.

Lindsay was in elite company, with the Supreme Sports Award going to Liam Napier, from media company NZME, while Peter Montgomery (NewstalkZB/Radio Sports), Martin Tasker and Peter Lester (freelancers) and Mark Reason (Stuff) also picked up awards, to name a few.

Lindsay says he feels privileged and honoured to be recognised. He never thought it would happen “in a million years, particularly as I have only ever been a weekend hack”.

Lindsay has covered sport for local North Canterbury newspapers and reported local rugby for Newstalk ZB and is the author of three books.

However, his contribution to sport has not just been as a journalist or author.

He has been an administrator, coach and umpire, including 30 plus years continuous service for North Canterbury cricket. He is the serving chairman of the Canterbury Country Cricket Association.

He has written two comprehensive publications on the history of cricket in the region, 150 not out to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Rangiora Cricket Club and Out in the Country; the first 50, a history of the Canterbury Country Cricket Association.

Rugby and cricket are not his only passions.

The other is motorsport, which he first started covering for the Christchurch Star in the early 1980s. He was also on the organising committee of the Ashley Forest Rallysprint in its earlier years and today heads the track commentary team at the Ruapuna motor-racing circuit. Recently, he completed another book, Ruapuna, the first 50 years