Awards reflect school’s history
Mason Nestor, winner of the Supreme Sports Award at Forest View High School’s annual sports prizegiving, received a number of trophies that reflect the school’s history.
The ultimate accolade, the Supreme Award, was presented by Sport Waikato and his prize for Best All-round Sportsman was donated by National Mutual Insurance. The Mcalpine Trophy, which Mason shared with Mitchell Hansen, was donated by Chris Mcalpine, a teacher at the high school in its earliest years. Chris, originally from Putaruru, also taught at other South Waikato Schools.
The James Elder Memorial Trophy for Consistently Dedicated Contributions by a member of the 1st XV is an impressive trophy which was donated in 1982, by Church College after James Elder, the deputy head boy, was fatally injured during a rugby match.
Forest View was playing Church College for the Tricolor Trophy when James was injured. Despite being transported quickly to Hamilton, James did not survive his injuries. James’ family had close connections with Forest View High School as his siblings attended the school and his mother Beverley Elder was teaching at the school at the time. His father, Jim, was the mayor.
A teacher who was on the staff at the time of the tragedy recalls the whole school walking, in selfimposed silence, from the high school to St Mark’s where the funeral was held; such was the effect of James death on his schoolmates.
The Best All- Round Junior Sportsperson of the Year was Danni- Jane Umaki. She also received the Trisha Katene Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Achievement in Netball, as she is member of the Waikato Under-15 High Performance Development Squad. This trophy also marks a tragic event in the school’s history. Trisha was one of two young netballers tragically lost in a car crash on their way home from a game in Matamata, in 1991. The other was Melissa Vartiainen. Their friend and team- mate Anneka Kara was seriously injured and her mother, who was a strong supporter of high school netball and driving the car, was also killed. Both girls were players with great futures. It is important to remember the history behind the awards received at prizegivings, which can often be forgotten at the time of celebration.
SUPREME WINNER: Forest View High School’s Mason Nestor won the Supreme Sports Award at the school’s sports awards assembly.
ALL ROUNDER: Danni-jane Umaki received the trophy for All-round Junior Sportsperson of the Year.