Coaches win accolades
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.