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:

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Sportsper­son North­cott.

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.

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