Fi­nal­ists ready for big awards night

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - MIKE BAIN

There is a strong ex­pec­ta­tion Mata­mata-Pi­ako fi­nal­ists will be among the win­ners at the Brian Perry Waikato Re­gional Sports Awards.

Five fi­nal­ists from the district will con­test the re­gion’s top sports awards at a spe­cial event in Hamil­ton on Thurs­day night.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako fi­nal­ists in­clude Graeme Laing (com­mu­nity coach); Mor­rinsville Bulls Rugby League Club (club of the year); Tar­ryn Davey (emerg­ing tal­ent); Cailen Calkin (sec­ondary school - sports­man) and Te Miro Moun­tain Bike Club (in­no­va­tion in sport and recre­ation).

For hockey player Tar­ryn Davey the awards event caps of a stel­lar year, cap­tain­ing the Mid­lands U21 team to suc­cess and play­ing four games against Malaysia for the Black Sticks.

‘‘I was very ex­cited to be nom­i­nated as a fi­nal­ist and I feel very priv­i­leged to be up against ath­letes of such a high cal­i­bre,’’ said Davey

Swim­ming Coach Graeme Laing re­mains hum­ble call­ing his nom­i­na­tion for the Com­mu­nity Coach Award a ‘‘great hon­our’’.

‘‘Sport in the Waikato is go­ing through a good time at the mo­ment, there are so many good peo­ple out there,’’ said Laing.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako’s five fi­nal­ists is the most for a num­ber of years and Sport Waikato district co­or­di­na­tor Lou Beer is hope­ful the district will win at least one cat­e­gory.

She was con­fi­dent the sport or­gan­i­sa­tions in her district had per­formed well enough to win.

‘‘Or­gan­i­sa­tions like Te Miro Moun­tain Bike Club has shown what the vol­un­teers can do by work­ing to­gether to cre­ate a fab­u­lous recre­ational as­set and main­tain it to very high stan­dards,’’ said Beer.

‘‘Show­ing true com­mu­nity spirit, The Mor­rinsville Bulls Rugby League Club over­came sev­eral ob­sta­cles to meet the rapidly grow­ing mem­bers’ needs and the needs of the game. The whanau spirit that has grown with the club was a de­cid­ing fac­tor in their win at the district awards,’’ he said.

An in­di­ca­tion of how healthy sport is in the district is Cailen Calkin with Beer claim­ing the young­ster’s skill and drive to make it to the top of BMX as the ‘‘one to watch’’.

Tar­ryn Davey, Graeme Laing and Cailen Calkin are among the fi­nal­ists at this year’s Waikato sports awards.

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