Cup sailor reigns supreme at lo­cal sports awards

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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

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.

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