Awards re­flect school’s his­tory

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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