Coaches win ac­co­lades

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Toko­roa High School has had two sports coaches recog­nised with re­gional and national awards.

Tama Teaukura was named as the most out­stand­ing coach at the Sec­ondary Schools’ Rugby League Na­tion­als in Auck­land.

Tour­na­ment of­fi­cials said tak­ing the team from eleventh place in 2010 to the semi­fi­nals this year was an achieve­ment that could not be over­looked.

The school’s sec­ond ac­co­lade has gone to Nooroa Manu at the Waikato Rugby Union’s awards cer­e­mony for the most out­stand­ing Waikato sec­ondary school coach.

Mr Manu took the hon­our af­ter his team played their way into the Premier Divi­sion of the Waikato Sec­ondary Schools’ com­pe­ti­tion.

Both coaches were hum­ble about their achieve­ments say­ing there was a team of coaches who all de­served to be recog­nised.

School prin­ci­pal Wil­lie Ford, who was also the man­ager for both teams, said: ‘‘Our school is lucky to have coaches of this cal­i­bre.

‘‘ We are right up there in terms of coach­ing not only in these sports but in other sports like net­ball too.

‘‘We are start­ing to turn out some ex­cel­lent ath­letes who can com­pete at an elite level. It’s our coaches who are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence here.’’

The school recog­nised all of its coaches at the an­nual Sports Coaches’ din­ner on Fri­day night.

Coaches and man­agers were treated to a buf­fet meal and waited upon by the school’s Ju­nior Ser­vices Academy.

The guest speaker was Jar­rad Gal­lagher, In­ter­na­tional Rugby Board’s gen­eral man­ager for Asia, who en­ter­tained the au­di­ence with anec­dotes about sports in Asia.

CEL­E­BRA­TION: Toko­roa High School recog­nised its school sport coaches at a din­ner last Fri­day.

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