Sport nominations rise
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.