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Photo of Andrew Kerr presenting a Service Award for Sue Morris.

2016 Service Award – Sue Morris

A Service Award for Sue Morris, former New Zealand cricketer, was presented at the SCNZ leadership hui in March. Here is her citation, given by Ross Georgiou.


Sue Morris is someone that has achieved in sport in her own right. She knows about competing at high levels as a Christian where there are not many other Christians around.

Sue likes to cut to the chase. Things happen when she’s around. She believes we are on God’s time and need to be good stewards of this. Muck around at your peril.

Mucking around is not the same as slowing down though. A nasty illness put Sue in hospital for three months with a further three months of recovery. She still suffers the effects many years later. Her own story is a profound example of the need for chaplaincy.

One of Sue’s greatest character strengths is to serve to her best wherever God has placed her. She gives from her time, expertise and financial resources so that there is no burden on others.

A wife, a mother of three girls, one of whom has just moved to Hamilton Island. A national cricketer, a teacher, an educator, a fighter – someone who overcomes the odds.


Sports Chaplaincy Service

Sue has become one of our key trainers and this is an area of strength that she wishes to develop further.

Sue has provided operational support at conferences and hui, where she has also played the drums, and undertaken various other areas of administration.

She has provided leadership through assisting in the regional growth of Sports Chaplaincy north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, her general secretary skills in an international Sports Chaplaincy capacity, and project management during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

She has practiced as a chaplain at Rodney Athletics, KingsWay School and has identified new chaplains, including family members, and appointed various ones in their roles.


A richly deserved Service Award for Sue Morris.

As well as this Service Award for Sue Morris, other awards were presented to Kevin Prewett, Grant Harris and Shane Auld.


Author Info

Rebecca Hawkins

Rebecca is the Communications and IT Manager for Sports Chaplaincy NZ. In her younger days she played cricket and football with great enthusiasm but very little skill. Now she spends a lot of time supporting her four sons in their sport. She especially loves scoring their cricket matches, which she insists on doing the old fashioned way, with pen and paper.

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