Team’s turnaround gets recognised at awards
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.