Valu­able life lessons for stu­dents

Ruapehu Press - - Sports Awards - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

King Coun­try Rams co-cap­tain, Rob Sher­son shared a few life lessons at the Tau­marunui High School Sports Awards last Wed­nes­day evening.

The awards cel­e­brated sport­ing achieve­ments and paid trib­ute to stu­dents in a range of dis­ci­plines. Stu­dents were given a few words of wis­dom from Sher­son who con­grat­u­lated them on their suc­cess. Re­turn­ing to his old stomp­ing group, the for­mer Head Boy said sport played an im­por­tant part in shap­ing his fu­ture. The ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing for the Ist XV fu­elled his am­bi­tion. Win­ning the Wakato Di­vi­sion Two in 2004 cre­ated strong bonds.

‘‘For a small coun­try school, that was quite an achieve­ment.

‘‘I think sport is very im­por­tant in life.

‘‘It’s a great way to make friend­ships and I’d say the best friend­ships I’ve got has come out of play­ing sport.

‘‘If you think you’ve got the goods, go for it and grab it with two hands. It takes a lot of ded­i­ca­tion and a lot of time and ef­fort but it’ll be worth it in the end.’’

Chris­ti­aan Cum­ming, Jr Boy Ath­lete, Hunta Con­rad, Jr Girl Ath­lete, Baylee-dean­hamm, In­ter­me­di­ate Boy Ath­lete, Lara Dempsey, In­ter­me­di­ate Girl Ath­lete, Jasper Hel­len­thal, T.D.H.S Se­nior Boy Ath­lete, Kaiyahte Ahuru, T.D.H.S Se­nior Boy Ath­lete, Ali­cia Wi-he­m­ana T.D.H.S Se­nior Girl Ath­lete, Ben­jamin Reid Jr Boy Swim­ming Ina Jones Cup, Geor­gia Ivimey, Jr Girl Swim­ming Newdick Cup, Is­abella Reid, In­ter­me­di­ate Girl Swim­ming Newdick Cup, Brad Ivimey, In­ter­me­di­ate Boy Swim­ming Gil­bert Fam­ily Cup, Cole Bolten, Se­nior Boy Swim­ming Ba­gley Cup, Brigid Casey, Se­nior Girl Swim­ming Jac­ques Tro­phy, Chris­ti­aan Cum­ming, Jr Boy Cross Coun­try, Geor­gia Ivimey Jr Girl Cross Coun­try, Har­ley Marsh, In­ter­me­di­ate Boy Cross Coun­try Tip Leckie Me­mo­rial Cup, Lara Dempsey In­ter­me­di­ate Girl Cross Coun­try - Ken Leckie Me­mo­rial Cup, Max Fer­gu­son, Se­nior Boy Cross Coun­try Don­ald Hodge Shield, Mad­di­son Bing­ham Se­nior Girl Cross Coun­try Carter Shield, Eden Baker, Best Ju­nior Girl/1st XI Girls Soc­cer, Han­nah Mahu, Most Im­proved Player Volleyball, Jasper Hel­len­thal, Most Valu­able Player Volleyball, Shanae Po­nen, Most Im­proved Player Bad­minton, Huia Rauhina, Most Valu­able Player Bad­minton, Todd Ja­cobs, Most Im­proved Player Squash, Jema Jensen, Most Valu­able Player Squash, Shay­lah Ma­son, Most Im­proved Player Girls Rugby Sevens, Shani An­gus, Most Valu­able Player Girls Rugby Sevens, Max Fer­gu­son, Craig Shield Most Pro­gres­sive Player/rugby, Yah­weh Jhanke, Coogan Rugby Cup Most Im­proved Player 1st XV, Ge­orge Bir­kett, Hil­ton Rugby Tro­phy Most Valu­able Player 1st XV, Ty­rone Be­ban, Alf Cribb Me­mo­rial Shield Player Dis­play­ing Most En­thu­si­asm 1st XV, Tanira Hepi, Jack Don­nelly Me­mo­rial Tro­phy For Stu­dent Vol­un­teer,

‘‘The best friend­ships I've got has come out of play­ing sport.’’ Rob Sher­son

Hin­erau Morete, Jack Don­nelly Me­mo­rial Tro­phy For Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer, Ari­ana Te Wake, Jack Don­nelly Me­mo­rial Tro­phy For Staff Vol­un­teer.

Geor­gia Ivimey, Stu­art Mcnaughton Most En­er­getic Jr Drama, Caleb Find­lay, THS Out­stand­ing Jr Per­former in Jr School, Hunter Mills, Clare Huitema Award Jr Per­form­ing Arts, Erin Wood, New & Emerg­ing Tal­ent, Dav­ina Zim­mer Per­form­ing Arts Ex­cel­lence in Drama, Sofia Rehu C Smith Tro­phy Gen­eral Mu­si­cian­ship and Dili­gence, Aimee Gra­ham Best Fe­male Per­for­mance, Fin­lay Long Best Male Per­for­mance, Neil Mow­bray Con­tri­bu­tion to Lighting, Brad Ivimey Con­tri­bu­tion to Drama, Dav­ina Zim­mer Con­tri­bu­tion to Drama, In­dia Rika Arts Lead­ers 2017, Bran­don Be­ban Arts Lead­ers 2017, Ryan Gram Con­tri­bu­tion to the Arts, Nicholas Keel­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to the Arts, In­dia Rika An­dree Brown Tro­phy For Creative Ex­cel­lence in Mu­sic, Ryan Gram THS Par­tic­i­pa­tion and Ded­i­ca­tion to the Arts, Dav­ina Zim­mer Mcminn Tro­phy For Ef­fort in Pur­suit of Mu­si­cal At­tain­ment, Brigid Casey Per­form­ing Arts Award Most Out­stand­ing Per­for­mance.


Guest speaker Rob Sher­son and his wife Tracy.

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