Olympians up for supreme Col­lege Sport hon­ours

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

Lo­cal stu­dents have a chance of com­ing away with the glory at the Col­lege Sport Young Sportsper­son of the Year Awards next week.

Olympic swim­mer Orinoco Faa­mausili-Banse-Prince, who is up for best male swim­mer, is among nom­i­nees from Mt Al­bert Gram­mar.

Fel­low Olympian Anna Green from Ep­som Girls Gram­mar could pick up the prize for top fe­male foot­baller.

Auck­land Gram­mar all­rounder Jimmy Nee­sham is a pos­si­bil­ity for best male crick­eter.

Other stu­dents from Auck­land Girls Gram­mar, Avon­dale Col­lege, Dioce­san School for Girls, One Tree Hill Col­lege, Lyn­field Col­lege and Dil­worth School are also up for recog­ni­tion in their sports.

Each sport­ing cat­e­gory has three nom­i­nees, with the win­ners up for the male and fe­male supreme award.

Win­ners of each cat­e­gory and the supreme awards are an­nounced at an awards din­ner next Thurs­day.

Last year’s win­ner of the supreme sportswoman award, An­nalie Longo from Ep­som Girls, could re­peat her suc­cess af­ter rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand at the un­der­women’s world cup.

Col­lege Sport sport man­ager Lara Collins says larger schools of­ten have a higher num­ber of nom­i­na­tions, al­though the em­pha­sis put on sport by the school is also im­por­tant.

“Some schools are strong in arts and drama.”

Ex­perts from the var­i­ous sport­ing codes are in­volved in the se­lec­tion process, along with the schools and col­lege sport staff.

But she says in some sports it can be dif­fi­cult to pick three fi­nal­ists be­cause there are so many out­stand­ing candidates.

A num­ber of pre­vi­ous supreme award win­ners have gone on to na­tional and in­ter­na­tional sport­ing star­dom in­clud­ing Jonah Lomu, Sarah Ulmer and Va­lerie Adams.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

On the up: Mt Al­bert Gram­mar stu­dent Orinoco Faa­mausili-Banse-Prince is a fi­nal­ist Sportsper­son of the Year awards.

in the Col­lege Sport Young

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