Danny Mcbride was named Sportsperson of the Year at the South Waikato District Sports Awards on Monday night.
Mr Mcbride has a long list of achievements that include winning a bronze medal at the Rowing World Champs in 2010 in the single scull arms/shoulders category and he finished 8th in the Rowing World Champs in the same category for 2011, qualifying him for the Paralympics in London 2012.
Mr Mcbride won the gold medal in the same event at the New Zealand national event in Twizel this year and he is also a member of the Waikato Wheelchair Basketball Team which recently won the North Island Championships and the Northern League.
When accepting his award Mr Mcbride thanked his supporters, in particular his two children who had made sacrifices for him to succeed in his sport.
Guest speaker, Tokoroa All Black Richard Kahui talked in depth about his experiences growing up in Tokoroa and winning the Rugby World Cup. He was interviewed by Sport Waikato chief executive Mathew Cooper.
Sport Waikato district coordinator Heather Gaby said the awards held at the Te Wananga o Aotearoa Conference Centre gave the district a chance to recognise sporting success. ‘‘The amazing amount of talent within our district was on full display last night,’’ Mrs Gaby said.
Other winners included Team of the Year going to Pockets and Club of the Year awarded to the Putaruru Squash Club.
Winners are now considered for the 2012 Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards held on Thursday, February 2 at Claudelands Events Centre, Hamilton.