6 September 2016
Dame Susan Devoy to speak at community awards
Tickets for the gala dinner are $45 each and are available from the Gore Visitor Centre. The dinner starts at 6.30pm.
A New Zealander who conquered the world of women’s squash in the ‘80s and is now leading the way in protecting the human rights of all New Zealanders will be the guest speaker at this year’s Gore District Community Awards.
Dame Susan Devoy will bring her wealth of experience as an international sportswoman and advocate for many sectors of the community to the Gore Town and Country Club stadium stage at the awards’ gala dinner on Friday 28 October.
Nominations close this Friday for the awards. There are nine categories, recognising outstanding achievements and contributions by young and old to the arts, sports, performing arts, business and community.
Dame Susan’s confirmation as this year’s guest speaker continues the event’s reputation for bringing high profile, inspirational New Zealanders to the rural heartland.
Since being appointed New Zealand Race Relations Commissioner in 2013, Dame Susan has taken a high profile role in encouraging New Zealanders to take personal responsibility for race relations and to stand up for victims of racial abuse.
Prior to that her career on and off the squash court had been a stellar one.
She was ranked world number one in women’s squash from 1983 until her retirement in 1992, and won four world championships. Dame Susan was named New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year in 1985, 1987 and 1988.
A Member of the British Empire and Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her achievements in squash, in 1998 she became a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit - the youngest New Zealander since Sir Edmund Hillary to receive such a high accolade from the Queen.
She has chaired the Halberg Trust, was patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Association, and served a term on the Auckland District Health Board.