Northcott sport star of the year
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.