Win­ners se­lected

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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