Pick­ing win­ners tough for judges

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

‘‘It shows that Porirua's sports­peo­ple and teams are achiev­ing on many dif­fer­ent lev­els.’’

Pity the poor judges tasked with pick­ing the win­ners of this year’s Porirua Sports Awards.

The an­nual awards recog­nise, cel­e­brate and re­ward sports peo­ple liv­ing in Porirua City for their achieve­ments over the past year but it’s no mean feat choos­ing who takes the prize.

One of four judges, for­mer Kapi-Mana News re­porter, Kris Dando said he was im­pressed with the va­ri­ety of sports rep­re­sented in the nom­i­na­tions.

‘‘It shows that Porirua’s sports­peo­ple and teams are achiev­ing on many dif­fer­ent lev­els.’’

Al­though the nom­i­na­tions started with a trickle, they ended in a flood with 44 en­tries the fi­nal re­sult, well up from a few years ago.

Dando said it was par­tic­u­larly good to see nom­i­na­tions in the Dis­abled Sportsper­son cat­e­gory con­tinue to grow.

Choos­ing win­ners in the ser­vice to sport and vol­un­teer cat­e­gories was es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult for the judges, as all the peo­ple nom­i­nated had given so much of their lives to their cho­sen sport, he said.

Join­ing Dando on the judg­ing bench were Pulse and Samoa net­baller Frances So­lia, coun­cil­lor Faafoi Seiuli and for­mer Norths, Lions, Hur­ri­canes and All Blacks player John Sch­wal­ger.

So­lia said strong can­di­dates across most cat­e­gories made it tough choos­ing win­ners.

‘‘While some nom­i­na­tions stood out, there was full and frank dis­cus­sions among the judges for a good few of the awards.’’

Some of the high­lights of this year’s en­tries were Eli­jah Just in the Young Sportsman cat­e­gory, and De­clan Edge from the Cen­tral League-win­ning Western Suburbs foot­ball side.

Nom­i­na­tions for new Sil­ver Fern Whit­ney Souness and ris­ing star Mila Reulu-Buchanan meant net­ball was well rep­re­sented, and stun­ning young golfers Jay­den Ford and Daniel Hil­lier were given the nod.

There were plenty of wor­thy team en­tries, in­clud­ing the all­con­quer­ing Ti­tahi Bay A surf boat crew, Ngati Toa bas­ket­ballers and the Porirua Col­lege 1st XV rugby side.

Black Sox coach Mark Soren­son will be a firm favourite - he is also the guest speaker on the night - and there were high­cal­i­bre ser­vice to sport en­trants in Ron Wood, Denys Latham (both rugby) and Viv Mor­ton (swim­ming).

Win­ners will be an­nounced at the awards at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Oc­to­ber 26.

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