Sports stars at awards

Wa­ter cham­pion Anne Cairns is Tararua Supreme Sportsper­son of the Year

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Tararua re­gion’s top sports­peo­ple were at the Downer Tararua Sports Awards, held at the Dan­nevirke Town Hall on Fri­day April 20.

The evening cel­e­brated and recog­nised their achieve­ments over the last two years.

Tak­ing out the Downer Supreme Sportsper­son of the Year was wa­ter sports star Anne Cairns. Cairns, who rep­re­sented Samoa at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is also the first fe­male to rep­re­sent New Zealand across four dis­ci­plines: wild­wa­ter kayak­ing, sprint flat­wa­ter kayak­ing, white­wa­ter raft­ing and waka ama. The pro­fes­sional fire­fighter was the choice for the judg­ing panel.

Anne thanked the peo­ple of Tararua who had helped her with fundrais­ing to get to the Rio Olympics, say­ing with­out spon­sor­ship and sausage siz­zles she prob­a­bly would not have gone.

The crowd was also treated to a newly re­turned Com­mon­wealth Games sports star speak­ing at the awards, with paraswim­mer Chris Ar­buth­nott not only win­ning the Tararua Dis­trict Coun­cil Ju­nior Sports­man of the Year but meet­ing with MC, James Oliver for a Q&A ses­sion.

Oliver, son of for­mer All Black Cap­tain Frank Oliver and brother of cap­tain An­ton Oliver, jet­ted in from at­tend­ing the US mu­sic fes­ti­val Coachella.

Chris said all the hours in the pool and gym had paid off.

He was pleased to have the ex­pe­ri­ence of gold medal­list So­phie Pas­coe to guide him and the games were so well or­gan­ised he felt com­pletely at home.

Join­ing Ar­buth­nott on the Q&A couch was lo­cal sport­ing hero Naioma Chase, who took out the Hawke’s Bay To­day Ad­min­is­tra­tor/Vol­un­teer of the Year.

Chase, who drove the rein­vig­o­ra­tion of the Dan­nevirke Tigers Sports Club, was Re­gional Sport­maker of the Year win­ner in 2017.

The club, which with Chases’ in­put and drive, went from one team to to­day hav­ing more than 230 peo­ple mem­bers, also took a club win with the U17 Tigers tak­ing out Prop­erty Bro­kers Team of the Year.

Naioma said the de­ter­mi­na­tion of her son Chance and his mates to be­come an­other Shaun John­son drove her to start up an un­der-11 Tigers team, and it just grew from there.

The event was sold out, with more than 160 peo­ple at­tend­ing.

Sport Manawatu CEO Trevor Shailer says the Downer Tararua Sports Awards were an im­por­tant part of the re­gion’s rich com­mu­nity spirit.

“With­out evenings such as th­ese awards, we wouldn’t be able to cel­e­brate in­di­vid­u­als and teams who work tire­lessly to achieve on the lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional stages.

“Tararua is a breed­ing ground for sports­peo­ple who not only have a love of sport, but a love of com­mu­nity too. It’s fan­tas­tic to be able to recog­nise the last two years of suc­cess in the re­gion.”

The youngest fi­nal­ist was 8-year-old Maz Parkes, who caught the mo­tocross bug aged six, and was crowned Na­tional Cham­pion in his class in 2017.

While not nec­es­sar­ily the old­est fi­nal­ist, Masters ath­lete Lau­rie Mal­colm­son is hailed as a lo­cal leg­end with five cur­rent Na­tion­als Masters records un­der his belt and the world rank­ing for 300m hur­dles.

Tararua Mayor Tracey Col­lis pre­sented the awards for Ju­nior Sportswoman and Sports­man of the Year say­ing she was in­spired by the qual­ity of the en­trants who had achieved just by be­ing nom­i­nated for an award.

She thanked the spon­sors say­ing with­out them sport would strug­gle.

2018 Downer Tararua Sports Awards Win­ners:

Visique Op­tometrists Sportsper­son of the Year — Anne Cairns. Tararua Dis­trict Coun­cil Ju­nior Sportswoman of the Year — Rachel Can­non. Tararua Dis­trict Coun­cil Ju­nior Sports­man of the Year — Chris Ar­buth­nott. Dan­nevirke Car­ri­ers Of­fi­cial of the Year — Re­becca Mahoney. Dan­nevirke New World Coach of the Year — Kevin Laskey. Hawke’s Bay To­day Ad­min­is­tra­tor/Vol­un­teer of the Year — Naioma Chase. Prop­erty Bro­kers Team of the Year — Dan­nevirke Tigers Boys U17 Rugby League Team. Downer Supreme Award — Anne Cairns. Visique Op­tometrists Per­son­al­ity of the Year: Kevin Laskey.

Anne Cairns, Tararua Supreme Sportsper­son of the Year, thanks Tararua for its sup­port.

Rachel Can­non — Tararua Ju­nior Sportswoman of the year.

Kevin Laskey — both Tararua Coach and Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year.

The glitzy scene in the au­di­to­rium.

Coun­cil­lor Hull rep­re­sent­ing her daugh­ter Re­becca Mahoney who was Tararua Sports Of­fi­cial of the Year.

Naioma Chase with Nikki O’Leary of Hawkes Bay To­day spon­sor of Tararua Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Year.

Rep­re­sent­ing Dan­nevirke Tigers Un­der 17 Boys Rugby League Team — Sports Team of the Year.

Chris Ar­buth­nott — Tararua Ju­nior Sports­man of the Year with Tararua Mayor Tracey Col­lis.

Naioma Chase and Chris Ar­buth­nott chat with James Oliver.

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