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Wells again

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.

Row­ers hon­oured

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.

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