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One of Queenstown’s most dedicated ski volunteers is up for a prestigious award for his services to the sport. 

Nigel Brown, co-founder of Browns Ski Shop, is among 30 athletes, coaches and volunteers selected as finalists for the Snow Sports New Zealand annual awards in Queenstown on Saturday night. 

Brown’s a finalist in the volunteer of the year category for his countless hours spent helping with alpine ski racing, according to SSNZ alpine boss James Lazor. 

“He’s unbelievably valuable to the sport and has a wealth of knowledge,” Lazor says. 

“From the start of June to the end of October you’ll find him at Coronet Peak or on one of the other venues,” he adds. 

Former NZ B team rep Brown began volunteer work as chief-of-race at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak in 1987 and has continued officiating events every year since then, including last year’s Winter Games. 

He became a FIS technical delegate in 1994 – helping oversee races in Colorado, Argentina, Chile, Australia and NZ each year. 

Brown, father of National Development Team member Harriet Miller-Brown, and also the licensee for Browns-Sotheby’s International Realty, says he’s happy to help. 

“I don’t know what makes me do it. I’ve been involved in skiing forever, really. I enjoy it.” 

He joins fellow Queenstown nominees Grant Stockman (coach of the year), snowboarder Hamish Bagley (emerging talent of the year), Tim Cafe (alpine ski racer of the year), Mitchey Greig (freeskier of the year) and Nick Brown (snowboarder of the year). 

The awards will be held at Winter Festival’s American Express Ice Box on the corner of Ballarat and Stanley Streets.