Club of year gets boost
The Matamata Amateur Swimming Club was awarded Club of the Year at the Matamata Piako District Sports Awards, held last week at the Matamata Memorial Centre.
The club renewed its administration processes this year which resulted in a membership increase.
Local Olympic swimmer Matthew Stanley was awarded Sportsperson of the Year, finishing a year which saw Stanley break his own 200m freestyle record in March.
Don Stanley, Matthew’s granddad, accepted the award on his grandson’s behalf.
‘‘I’m extremely proud of all my grand children,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ll pass the award onto Matthew and I think I’ll give the flowers to his grand mother.’’
Matthew’s grandmother Jackie was hugely influential in developing him as a swimmer.
Matthew was unable to attend the awards ceremony as he is training for various competitions and is also one of eight elite athletes selected to participate in Athlete Life which empowers athlete capability for competitive greatness.
‘‘I would be very surprised if Matthew doesn’t come away from the next Commonwealth Games with a medal,’’ Mr Stanley said.
‘‘ He has the combination of natural ability, drive and determination.’’
As the new Sport Waikato Matamata Piako District coordinator, Lou Beer was very pleased to see such a great turnout to the
of function from members community.
‘‘ As the new District Coordinator it was very pleasing to see the local Matamata Piako community come together to recognise, acknowledge and celebrate district sporting achievement,’’ she said.
Team of the Year was awarded to Reid and Harrison Hinuera A Cricket team. Stoked team members Alan Tappin and Jason Rusk accepted the award.
Winners are now considered for the Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards on Thursday January 30, 2014 at Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton. 2013 winners: Service to Sport: Donna Arnold,
the Johnathon Brown, Keith Walker
Club of the Year: Matamata Amateur Swimming Club
Referee / Umpire of the Year: Dwayne Paul
Administrator of the Year: Kristine Nicholas
Coach of the Diprose
Team of the Year: Reid and Harrison Hinuera A Cricket Team
40+ Sportsperson of the Year: Roseanne Berryman
Sporting Personality Year: Robert Hewitt
Junior Sportswoman Year: Tarryn Davey
Junior Sportsman of the Year: Brandon Jesen
Sportsperson of Matthew Stanley