Dis­trict’s sports stars’ night to shine

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯ RONGORONGO -

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.

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