He has been recognised as the best hockey administrator in the country but Nelson’s Fabian Amor refuses to accept sole credit for the rise of the sport in the region.
Fabian was last week named Hockey New Zealand’s 2019 Administrator of the Year after joining Nelson Hockey as operations manager in 2017.
While humbled, Fabian says he has not been alone in helping Nelson Hockey reach new heights.
“A lot of people that have been doing a lot of work like the clubs, coaches, players, umpires, staff, board, all different areas have been doing their job. So, this is more of a recognition of the Nelson Hockey community which is the important thing for me.”
Among his notable achievements since arriving in Nelson, Fabian helped institute a multi-sport holiday programme.
In 2019, Fabian oversaw the establishment of a Super League competition for the associations located at the top of the South Island.
Fabian ran the Hatch Cup in Nelson, a junior tournament which saw up to 20 games a day.
He has also helped improve the overall quality of junior sides by creating a dedicated performance officer role and introducing specific development programmes.
Perhaps most impressive, however, particularly given the current global financial climate, Fabian managed to turn a profitable year for the first time in four years in 2019.
All while overseeing the installation of a new turf and new scoreboards.
“To make that turnaround in three years is huge because achieving that is important because we are now in a good position to plan the next years.”
Fabian says he feels very humbled and happy to receive such a prestigious award.