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Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - SPORTS AWARDS

Dwayne Bar­low, Graeme Laing and Matthew Stan­ley were among the re­cip­i­ents who re­ceived top hon­ours at the Ing­ham Mata­mataPi­ako Dis­trict Sports Awards.

Graeme Laing was not only named Coach of the Year but also won Per­son­al­ity of the Year at the awards held on Thurs­day night at the Tat­u­anui Com­mu­nity Hall.

Laing at­tended the Olympics in Rio this year while con­tin­u­ing his out­stand­ing form with ath­letes from the Mata­mata Swim­ming Club.

Sport Waikato Mata­mataPi­ako Dis­trict Co-or­di­na­tor Lou Beer was very pleased with the high cal­i­bre of nom­i­na­tions, fi­nal­ists and winners this year.

‘‘Sport­ing suc­cess is alive and well in Mata­mata-Pi­ako, our ju­nior cat­e­gories once again rep­re­sented the wealth of youth tal­ent com­ing through. The judges found some cat­e­gories very dif­fi­cult to judge, which is great for sport and recre­ation in the dis­trict,’’ Beer said.

Dwayne Bar­low re­ceived the ad­min­is­tra­tor of the year award, for his ser­vices to foot­ball.

The hum­ble sports­man says while the award was a pleas­ant sur­prise, he recog­nises the team which keeps foot­ball grow­ing.

‘‘We’ve built a good ad­min­is­tra­tion team at the club over the last cou­ple of years and it’s now a proper team ef­fort. I think this award is reflective of the team ef­fort.

‘‘Foot­ball’s on a steady growth tra­jec­tory in our com­mu­nity, as it is across the country. There is so much more on of­fer in the game now than when some of us were grow­ing up.

‘‘As a club some­times it’s hard to keep up and de­liver ev­ery­thing that’s avail­able but we do the best we can with the re­sources we have. We have good play­ing num­bers, some ex­cel­lent coaches, in­cred­i­bly loyal spon­sors and a great group of fans, which is a solid base for fur­ther growth.’’

El­i­gi­ble winners are now con- sidered for the Brian Perry Waikato Re­gional Sports Awards on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 26, 2017 at Claude­lands Con­fer­ence and Event Centre, Hamil­ton. Laing.

Sports­man: Sportsper­son of the Club of

Calkin. Matthew Stan­ley. Mor­rinsville Rugby League Club.

Year: the Year:

Char­lotte

Per­son­al­ity of the Year:

Cailen Bulls

Se­condary School Con­tri­bu­tion to Sport:

Cal­laghan. Sport­ing Graeme

Graeme Laing with his award from the sports awards evening.

WaiBOP Foot­ball’s re­gional foot­ball devel­op­ment man­ager Ken Cress­well and Mata­mata Swifts’ club devel­op­ment man­ager Dwayne Bar­low.

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