Matamata sports stars acknowledged
Matamata sporting superstars took away four of the prizes at the Matamata-Piako District Sport Awards 2015.
The winner of the Team of the Year was bowling pair James Thompson and Kasey Garforth. They had wins at the Waikato Secondary Schools competition and the New Zealand National Secondary Schools.
The Coach of the Year award went to Andrew Kilham, the teacher in charge of volleyball at Matamata College. This year he was selected to coach the Waikato Under 17 girls’ volleyball team and then the North Island Youth women. This latter team won the gold medal at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships.
The Master Sportsperson award went to Danie van der Linde. After winning the Central North Island National Karate Competition in 2013 and 2014, van der Linde was prevented from completing a hat trick when he tore a calf muscle in the final round. However, he came second in the Japan Karate Association National Event and is a top contender to represent New Zealand at the Goyu Ryu Karate World Cup later this year. He also won Sporting Personality of the Year. Sportsperson of the Year is Morrinsville’s Brad Weber.
Matamata winners with mayor Jan Barnes, are, from left, Kasey Garforth and James Thompson, Andrew Kilham and Danie van der Linde.