Sport nom­i­na­tions rise

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Three Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents have re­ceived ac­co­lades at the 2013 Waikato Sec­ondary School Sports Awards in Hamil­ton.

Stephanie Wil­liams won a supreme award for um­pire of the year.

Kasey Gar­forth re­ceived an award for her con­tri­bu­tion to bowls while Anilise Fitzi was recog­nised for vol­ley­ball.

Fi­nal­ists to­talled 190 – up from 123 in 2012. There was also a rise in Waikato sec­ondary schools nom­i­na­tions with 772, an in­crease from 246 the year be­fore.

Waikato Sec­ondary School Sport di­rec­tor Jen­nifer Parkes said the in­creases showed the pop­u­lar­ity of the event which ac­knowl­edged 2013 sec­ondary school sport­ing ex­cel­lence in the greater Waikato re­gion.

‘‘ We’ve had en­cour­ag­ing in­creases, in­clud­ing more schools rep­re­sented and ad­di­tional sport­ing codes in­clud­ing ki-o-rahi and wrestling,’’ she said.

‘‘Once again the Waikato com­mu­nity has em­braced th­ese awards, es­pe­cially the Hoyts Peo­ple’s Choice Award which uses so­cial me­dia to de­ter­mine the win­ner; we had 20,000 Face­book likes for our cat­e­gory fi­nal­ists.’’

All in­di­vid­ual code win­ners will be con­sid­ered for the over­all sec­ondary school sports­man and woman awards at the Brian Perry Waikato Re­gional Sports Awards, to be held on Jan­uary 30 at Claude­lands Events Cen­tre.

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