Im­pres­sive nom­i­nees for sports award

Matamata Chronicle - - Classified - REXINE HAWES

A for­mer New Zealand Olympic road and track cy­clist will be the guest speaker at the Ing­ham Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Sports Awards this year.

The awards will cel­e­brate the suc­cess of ath­letes and vol­un­teers from within the sport­ing com­mu­nity and will be held at Tat­u­anui Hall on Novem­ber 10.

Sport Waikato area co­or­di­na­tor Lou Beer is thrilled with the nom­i­na­tions re­ceived this year, not only with the num­ber of nom­i­na­tions, which proved to be a strug­gle last year, but also the cal­i­bre of those nom­i­nated.

‘‘Last year I had to chase ev­ery last nom­i­na­tion, this year they came in by them­selves. There were a few who I would like to have seen that weren’t nom­i­nated.

‘‘The qual­ity of the nom­i­nees is very im­pres­sive, there is a high stan­dard of achieve­ment this year and it makes me proud to be sup­port­ing sport in this dis­trict,’’ she says.

Among those nom­i­na­tions are Dwayne Bar­low, Graeme Laing, Ron van de Molen, Lo­gan Web­ber, Shay­dene Be­govich, Kevin Guest, Waikato Stud Mata­mata Swifts, Awhina Pearce, Hin­uera Bowl­ing Club, James Ray­mond, Matt Hyde and Thomas Ray­mond, Danielle En­gle­brecht, Jor­dan Rogers, Debbie White and Matthew Stan- ley.

Win­ners from the dis­trict awards be­come el­i­gi­ble for the judg­ing and short list­ing of the Brian Perry Waikato Re­gional Sports Awards.

Another high­light of the awards evening will be speaker Cath Cheat­ley, a re­tired NZ pro- fes­sional road and track cy­clist.

She won two New Zealand cham­pi­onship ti­tles in both road race and in­di­vid­ual track pur­suit, and rep­re­sented NZ at the 2008 Olympics.

Cheat­ley will be speak­ing about her ex­pe­ri­ence at the Olympics as ath­lete sup­port. Beer says no doubt her story will be an in­spi­ra­tion for many.

‘‘She will be in­ter­est­ing for any­one with as­pi­ra­tions for high per­for­mance sport,’’ says Beer.

From Mata­mata, the 2015 win­ners were bowl­ing pair James Thomp­son and Kasey Gar­forth who won Team of the Year.

Andrew Kil­ham won Coach of the Year and the Mas­ter Sportsper­son and Sport­ing Per­son­al­ity awards were won by Danie van der Linde.

Tick­ets are now avail­able, on­line at sport­waikato.org.nz or through the coun­cil of­fice for $25 each.

BW ME­DIA

New Zealand swim­mer Matthew Stan­ley is among other sport­ing iden­ti­ties to be nom­i­nated in the area sports awards.

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