District’s sports stars’ night to shine
The future of South Waikato’s sporting reputation is as assured as ever if the South Waikato District Sports Awards are anything to go by.
For the second year running, Forestland Wheelers Cycling Club member Jim McMurray took out Sportsperson of the year.
McMurray’s impressive winning record included coming first in the UMCA 200 mile race, which was twice around Lake Taupo. McMurray was competing against all age groups, against more than 100 competitors, and successfully set a new course record of nine hours and one minute, making him World Champion. McMurray was the only nominee category.
But nominations were not lacking in the Junior Sportsman and Junior Sportswoman categories.
Under- 16 Kiwi New Zealand Rugby League team member Dylan Clark and highest ranked equestrian New Zealand Young Rider Sarah Young won the titles respectively.
In his nomination Clark was said to exemplify an overall commitment to everything that he did, with an ‘‘unbelievable respect and humbleness’’ at school. The 16-year-old said the award came as a complete surprise.
‘‘I didn’t think I was gonna get it – I thought Isaiah [ Cooper-
in the Tetevano] would get it.’’
The aspiring NRL player said the award is as much his mother’s as it is his, with her being his biggest motivator.
Young, who was unable to attend, has another award to add to her ever-growing list.
The former Forest View High School student is ranked 211th in the FEI World Eventing makes her the highest ranked New Zealand Young Rider.
Guest speakers Sarah Ulmer and Tokoroa’s very own Chelsea Alley inspired the audience with encounters during their sporting careers .
AWARDS: Sportsperson of the Year: McMurray Junior Sportsman of the Year: Dylan Clark Junior Sportswoman of the Year: Sarah Young Sporting Personality of the Year: Hamish Allan Team of the Year: Tokoroa High School First XV Rugby Team Club of the Year: Tokoroa Mountain Bike Club Inc 40+ Sportsperson of the Year: Phil Wilkinson Administrator of the Year: Billy Maea Referee of the Danielle Maulde
Fins up: Pacific Sharks club member Dylan Clark comes up trumps despite fierce competition in the Junior Sportsman of the Year category.
Inspiring: Guest speakers Sarah Ulmer, left and Chelsea Alley inspire athletes with tales from their careers.
Success again: There’s something special about winning on your home turf, according to Sportsperson of the Year Jim McMurray
Humble winner: Danielle Maulder is the deserving recipient of the Referee of the Year for her dedication to netball.