Farquhar honoured at awards
Retiring javelin champion Stuart Farquhar was the only MatamataPiako athlete to claim an award at the recent Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards.
The standard of sports people in the Waikato ‘‘is exceptionally high’’ and Sport Waikato coordinator Lou Beer while obviously disappointed was still proud of the achievements of the district’s five finalists contesting this year’s awards.
‘‘To be named as a finalists is an achievement in, its acknowledgement of their dedication and training to their individual sport,’’ she said.
Stuart Farquhar, from Te Aroha, received a special award for his service to athletics after an 18 year involvement which resulted in winning 15 national titles and a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
But it was Eric Murray’s night as he claimed his seventh Sportsman of the Year Award.
The award has almost been exclusively Murray’s since 2009 for his outstanding achievements in rowing, with Hamilton boxer David Nyika the only other winner of the prize after winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.