Cup sailor reigns supreme at local sports awards
New Zealand sailor and America’s Cup champion Andy Maloney was awarded top honours at the 2017 Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards. Maloney won Sportsman of the Year before being named the Supreme Award winner. Maloney was a key member of Emirates Team New Zealand who won the 35th America’s Cup. World champion canoe sprinter Lisa Carrington won the Sportswoman of the Year honours, as well as the International Team Performance of the Year award with Caitlin Ryan. Carrington won the gold in the K1 200 and silver in the K1 500 at the world championships this year. also brought home New Zealand’s first ever team boat gold medal in the K2 500 and placed 3rd in the K4 500. Sailing continued its tradition of success at the annual awards evening as Junior Girls 470 sailors Courtney and Brianna Reynolds-Smith were named Junior Team of the Year, and the Aon Youth World Sailing Championships earned top honours with the Sporting Event of the Year category. In all, 17 category winners were announced, with volunteers, clubs, coaches and officials among the many other sectors of sport recognised. See harboursport.co.nz for all winners.
Synchronised swimming in New Zealand embarks on a new chapter of development this week, with a New Zealand team competing in the Singapore Open for the first time. They come up against teams from Singapore, South East Asia and Sri Lanka – giving the team of 10 swimmers aged 12 to 17 a chance to measure their skills. North Harbour Synchro Club’s Nina Brown, Amber FraserMackenzie and Josie Wells are part of the development team coached by former New Zealand Olympian, Lisa Daniels, and former
‘‘Competing internationally is an important stepping stone’’
SSNZ chair Shirley Hooper
Brazilian representative Suzanne Ribeiro. Synchronised Swimming New Zealand chairwoman, Shirley Hooper, said the athletes are working through a Development Pathway to enable New Zealand to send more regular teams to the FINA World Championships. ‘‘Competing internationally is an important stepping stone in their development – learning to control their nerves in tight competition situations, and working with athletes from across the country.’’
Sailor Andy Maloney won big at the 2017 Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards.