Hatrick of awards for cyclists
Nominees for the South Waikato District Sports Awards came from a wide range of sports. More than 40 nominees vied for seven awards including 24 nominees in the two youth categories. And the winners were:
After winning the national cross-country and short-track mountain bike titles Northcott came third in the Oceania champs, third in the Ontario Cup in Canada, second in the Quebec championships and ninth in the Canadian Cup.
The last three events were a build up to the world mountain biking championships in America where he finished 60th and a world cup event in Quebec, Canada where he came 63rd.
Last month Northcott was sixth in the single-speed World Mountain Bike Championships in Rotorua.
Junior sportswoman of the year, Shawnee Felton.
The top-ranked cadet and junior woman judoka at club level, Felton won the cadet women under 63kg New Zealand championship judo title this year.
Felton won a silver medal in the under 57kg cadet division and a bronze in the under 57kg junior women’s division at the Auckland international competitions, which included competitors from Australia, England, New Caledonia and New Zealand.
Junior sportsman of the year, Nick Pera.
In November, 2009, Pera won the Junior National 9 Ball Championships. Now he is the 2010 International Junior Pool champion after winning the under 21 division in Minnesota.
Pera also won the men’s open division Levin Classic 8 Ball championship at Easter.
40+ sportsperson of the year, Jim McMurray.
The winner of several Waikato/ BOP masters’ titles McMurray was second in the two-lap Taupo Cycle Challenge.
Described as a machine by fellow cyclists, McMurray competed in the 400km Coromandel K4 and broke the record by more than an hour.
McMurray won two national road cycling titles in the veteran 3 grade and was fifth veteran overall in the 11-day cycle tour of Tahiti.
Sporting personality of the year, Joe Takao.
Coach of Tokoroa Judo Club’s juniors and
Year, Mike seniors, Takao is working towards his Judo New Zealand level 1 coaching certificate.
The club has seen a steady increase in membership and improvement in competition results under Takao’s coaching.
Although Takao has only been involved with the club for a year the effect of his enthusiasm for the sport is evident in the impact he has made on the Tokoroa Judo Club. Coach of the year, Chris Williams. A recipient of a Prime Minister’s scholarship to study elite training systems leading into the 2012 Olympics, Williams coaches top athletics sprinter Monique Williams and junior Robyn Engels.
This year Williams has coached rugby, rugby league and hockey players in speed development, fitness and mental skills training. He gained a level five coaching qualification with the Australian Coaches Association and attended various top level seminars throughout the country. Team of the year, Q-Masters. The Q-Masters team of Nick Pera, Denise Wilkinson and Tim Putu competed in international cue sport competition in the US, gaining a fifth placing in the Majors Team championship, a competition with players from 10 American states, two Canadian provinces and New Zealand.
Each member also competed individually and two as a pair.
Club of the year, Tokoroa Youth Boxing Club.
Tokoroa Youth Boxing Club has seen a growth in members and improved financial performance in 2010.
Having successfully organised two ama- teur tournaments with boxers from throughout the North Island the club has also supported volunteer coaches in gaining qualifications, introduced new health and safety initiatives and linked with community programmes and schools.
Referee/umpire of the year Graeme Bell.
Bell qualified as a national grade commissaire, allowing him to officiate at road, track and mountain bike events throughout New Zealand.
Bell has worked at the Tour of Southland, the Women’s Tour of Wellington and the national club championships.
He has also been chief judge/timekeeper at track events at Oceania, national and age group level.
Bell was awarded the Bike New Zealand Official of the Year title in May 2010.
THREE WHEELERS: Forestland Wheelers club members (from left) Jim McMurray, Mike Northcott and Graeme Bell with their awards.
WINNING WOMAN: Judoka Shawnee Felton was awarded the junior sportswoman title.