Golfer in Maori Sports Award fi­nals

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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