Mata­mata sports stars ac­knowl­edged

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - ABBY BROWN

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.

PHOTO: ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata win­ners with mayor Jan Barnes, are, from left, Kasey Gar­forth and James Thomp­son, An­drew Kil­ham and Danie van der Linde.

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