Bou­quets for sports stars

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Par­a­lympic ath­lete Danny McBride fin­ished a busy year on Mon­day night by win­ning Sportsper­son of the Year at the South Waikato Dis­trict Sports Awards, spon­sored by Mighty River Power.

Af­ter win­ning the 2012 New Zealand Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, Danny fin­ished seventh in the Men’s Sin­gle Skulls (Arms Shoul­ders Class) at the Lon­don Par­a­lympics.

Due to the vol­ume of ju­nior sportsper­son nom­i­nees this year, the cat­e­gory was split into both Ju­nior Sportswoman ( go­ing to Chelsea Alley for rugby) and Ju­nior Sports­man (won by Tom Mathis for bare­foot wa­ter­ski­ing).

Sport Waikato South Waikato dis­trict co-or­di­na­tor Gilly Alexan­der said the cat­e­gory had many ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples of youth sport­ing tal­ent.

‘‘Golf, out­door bowls, shoot­ing, cue sports, Ki o Rahi, just to name a few of the sports rep­re­sented in our ju­nior cat­e­gories. With this much skill emerg­ing, South Waikato can have high hopes for dis­trict sport in the fu­ture,’’ Mrs Alexan­der said.

The South Waikato Dis­trict Sports Awards, held at the South Waikato Sport and Event Cen­tre, in Toko­roa, high­lighted out­stand­ing achieve­ments from lo­cal sports­peo­ple this year.

Team of the Year was awarded to the Pu­taruru F Grade Men’s Na­tion­als Team and Club of the Year went to the South­ern United Rugby Club.

‘‘ I’m so glad to see lo­cal sport­ing in­di­vid­u­als, clubs and teams ac­knowl­edged,’’ Mrs Alexan­der said.

‘‘ It was ex­cel­lent to have Olympic sil­ver medal­list, BMX rider Sarah Walker as our guest speaker, shar­ing her story of 2012 Olympic suc­cess.’’

Win­ners are con­sid­ered for the Brian Perry Waikato Re­gional Sports Awards on Jan­uary 31, 2013 at Claude­lands Event Cen­tre, Hamil­ton.

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