Wanaka freeskier Beau-James Wells has become the third Wells brother to take home the Otago Junior Sportsman of the Year Award.
Wells was awarded the title at the annual awards held in Dunedin on Friday.
‘‘I was nominated last year but didn’t win and was pretty disappointed so I was really looking forward to seeing if I would win this year,’’ Wells said. ‘‘Once they called my name I was really stoked.’’
The 2014 Otago Sports Awards marks the seventh occasion in 10 years aWells boy has won the title.
Wells’ older brother Byron claimed the title in 2012 and Jossi won it five times between 2006 and 2011, only missing out in 2010.
The past 12 months has seen Beau-James chalk up the biggest wins of his sports career to date. He claimed New Zealand’s first Junior World Championship title, winning the halfpipe competition in Italy in April and coming sixth in the Olympic halfpipe event in Russia in February.
He also earned the second place world ranking overall in the Association of Freeskiing Professionals.
Their father Bruce was a finalist for the Otago Coach of the Year but the honour went to cricket coach Mike Hesson.
Bruce won the Central Otago Coach of the Year award in April.
Wanaka school boy Riley Bruce, 15, right, was named Otago’s top junior rower for 2014 on the weekend. Those at the awards night in Oamaru heard Bruce was unbeaten in the under 16-single and the under 16-double throughout the season and won two gold medals at the Maadi cup.
The Mt Aspiring under-16 double of Bruce and Nathan Redai, 15, left, were named the top Otago crew.
This is the first time the award has come to Wanaka.
Coach Rob Bruce said the gold medal row in the final of the Maadi cup was one which showed the boys have an amazing attitude to plan and execute a winning race. The results reflect a well-planned season, where the preparations started during the winter.