North­cott sport star of the year

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Cy­cling, cue sports and judo were the big win­ners at the South Waikato Sport Awards held on Wed­nes­day at Te Wananga O Aotearoa’s Toko­roa cam­pus.

Moun­tain biker Mike North­cott was awarded Sportsper­son of the Year. Fel­low Forest­land Wheel­ers Club mem­bers Graeme Bell and Jim McMur­ray were named Ref­eree/Um­pire and 40+ Sportsper­son of the Year.

Pool sports took the Team of the Year award through the Q-Masters team with Ju­nior Sports­man of the Year go­ing to team mem­ber Nick Pera.

Toko­roa Judo Club took two awards with Shawnee Fel­ton Ju­nior Sportswoman of the Year and coach Joe Takao named Sport­ing Per­son­al­ity of the Year. Sport Waikato district co-or­di­na­tor Heather Ry­don said North­cott’s suc­cess over the past year, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, had set him apart.

‘‘He’s our na­tional champ in both cross coun­try and short track and is def­i­nitely hold­ing his own against the best in the world.’’

Judges for the awards were South Waikato District Deputy Mayor Jenny Shat­tock, South Waikato News edi­tor Mathew Grocott and Pu­taruru Col­lege head of phys­i­cal devel­op­ment Rob Rogers.

North­cott said he was ‘‘shocked’’ to re­ceive the Sportsper­son of the Year award.

‘‘I was up against some tough com­pe­ti­tion, it seemed even be­tween the three of us.’’

Ser­vice to sport awards were pre­sented to Fraser Boyd, Jim Buck­eridge, Mark Hughes, Glenn Tre­main and Phoebe Tre­main.

Guest speaker at the awards was War­riors team mem­ber Is­sac John, a na­tive of Toko­roa.

John was in­ter­viewed on stage by Toko­roa High School prin­ci­pal and for­mer Ki­wis se­lec­tor Wil­lie Ford.

John talked about his ca­reer, train­ing regime, pre­par­ing for games and play­ing with league leg­end Stacey Jones.

He also had ad­vice for the young sports­peo­ple in the au­di­ence.

‘‘Work hard and make sac­ri­fices,’’ John said. ‘‘It’s amaz­ing what hard work and a lit­tle bit of self be­lief will do.’’

Wed­nes­day’s win­ners would be con­sid­ered for the Waikato Re­gional on Jan­uary 27.

HOME­COM­ING: Wil­lie Ford in­ter­views Toko­roa’s own Isaac John from the War­riors rugby league team.

SHARP SHOOTER: Nick Pera was both the Ju­nior Sportsper­son of the Year and a mem­ber of the Team of the Year.

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