We are incredibly proud of Maia Mariner for winning the Commonwealth Points of Light Award. Maia is the founder of Lazy Sneakers and winner of the Delta-sponsored Emerging Leader Award at the GirlBoss Awards 2020.
Lazy Sneakers collects and redistributes reusable sneakers for free, to increase access to sports for young people. Maia came up with the idea when she was 12 years old after seeing how some of her peers could not participate in sports because they did not have the appropriate footwear. She launched ‘Lazy Sneakers’ a year later in 2018, which has since enabled over 2,000 young people to participate in sports across New Zealand.
Maia said of the Award:
“I am extremely humbled and honoured to have received this award from HM The Queen. To know that our project is being acknowledged in this way means so much to me, my whanau, our team of volunteers and the communities that have supported our work – thank you to HM The Queen for naming Lazy Sneakers as Commonwealth Points of Light.”
Laura Clarke OBE, British High Commissioner to New Zealand, said of Maia:
“I’m delighted to award Maia Mariner with the Commonwealth Points of Light award. She’s a truly inspiring young woman and her work through Lazy Sneakers is making a real difference to children who may not have had the opportunity to participate in sport or play had they not had Maia’s help. Ngā mihi nui, Maia – congratulations for all you’ve done in your community.”