Golfer in Maori Sports Award finals
Tokoroa golfer Chantelle Cassidy has been named as one of the nominees for junior Maori sportswoman at the 2011 Maori Sports Awards.
In what has been a tremendous year for Chantelle, the former Tokoroa High School student now finds herself vying for the coveted accolade.
The awards ceremony will be held on December 10 at the Telstraclear Pacific Events Centre in Manukau and Chantelle is up against boxer Thea Awhitu, athlete Merewarihi Vaka and netball player Sheridan Te Aorere Bignall.
‘‘I found out in November. I was pretty excited when I found out,’’ Chantelle said.
This is the first time she has been nominated for the award.
‘‘I think it is because of what I have achieved this year and everything that I have accomplished. This year I won the Bay of Plenty Open and I was selected for the New Zealand team.’’
The 18-year-old said her family was thrilled with the news.
Chantelle also said she doesn’t know any of her fellow nominees.
‘‘I’m just really excited about going to the Maori Sports Awards and finding out whether I have won the Junior Maori Sportswoman of the year,’’ she said.
The Maori Sports Awards were established by the late Albie Pryor to foster, promote and encourage Maori sportspeople in the pursuit of excellence.
Executive director Dick Garratt said world international, national and regional champions are among the finalists who will represent 20 sports and 24 iwi.
PRESTIGIOUS: Chantelle Cassidy is a finalist for junior Maori sportswoman at the 2011 Maori Sports Awards.