Team’s turn­around gets recog­nised at awards

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

An im­pres­sive sea­son for the Cromwell pre­mier rugby team was re­warded on Satur­day night, when it scooped three awards at the Cromwell Sportsper­son of the Year awards, in­clud­ing the top award. The team, which fin­ished third in the Cen­tral Otago com­pe­ti­tion, won the team award, with cap­tain Ant Dickey tak­ing out the se­nior sportsper­son award along with the supreme award for the over­all sportsper­son of the year award. Dickey said he was a ‘‘bit em­bar­rassed’’ to win the awards, par­tic­u­larly as there were no other nom­i­na­tions for the se­nior sportsper­son award. ‘‘There’re so many other wor­thy peo­ple out there who could have taken the award. It’s a shame their clubs didn’t nom­i­nate them.’’ The team fin­ished last in the 2012 Cen­tral Otago com­pe­ti­tion, so to fin­ish third this sea­son was an amaz­ing turn-around for the team. The team’s other achieve­ments this sea­son in­cluded win­ning the Paul Tygh me­mo­rial tro­phy, the John Scott me­mo­rial shield and the Bat­tle of the Gorge tro­phy. Mean­while, Cromwell karate kid Michael Man­son won the ju­nior sportsper­son ti­tle af­ter a top year in the sport which saw him graded to first kyu (brown) belt in the adult grade. His Cromwell in­struc­tor and New Zealand coach Chris McGre­gor said the grad­ing was a tes­ta­ment to his skills, com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to the sport. Other achieve­ments for the young­ster in­cluded win­ning gold in kata and ku­mite at the New Zealand Samurai Cham­pi­onships in Septem­ber, as well as win­ning golds at the South Otago mul­ti­style open cham­pi­onships and at the Can­ter­bury-West­land open karate cham­pi­onships ear­lier this year. The ser­vices to sport award was won by Re­becca An­der­son for her con­tri­bu­tion to the Cromwell Row­ing Club. She is the safety of­fi­cer and also or­gan­ises and helps out with the club’s fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as or­gan­is­ing the cater­ing for the re­gat­tas the club’s mem­bers at­tend each year. A youth as­sis­tance grant of $500 was pre­sented to top Cromwell swim­mer Nikayla Bolch to help her with her travel costs.

Tro­phy haul: Cromwell pre­mier rugby team cap­tain Ant Dickey with the tro­phies he re­ceived for win­ning the se­nior sportsper­son award and the supreme award at the Cromwell Sportsper­son of the Year awards held on Satur­day night.

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