Sportsper­son of the year four times over

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Ti­rau cy­clist Jim Mc­mur­ray se­cured his forth Sportsper­son of the Year ti­tle at the Mer­cury South Waikato Dis­trict Sports Awards last night.

Mc­mur­ray, has an im­pres­sive list of ac­com­plish­ments to his name, in­clud­ing win­ning the Na­tional Long Dis­tance Time Trial M4 age group four years in a row.

That in­cluded set­ting the na­tional, all ages, one hour record at the Avan­tidrome in Cam­bridge [47.733km], win­ning the Union Cy­cliste In­ter­na­tionale Gran Fondo World Se­ries masters time trial fi­nal on Aus­tralia’s Rot­tnest Is­land, and com­ing sec­ond in the masters road race in Perth dur­ing the same event.

He is now pre­par­ing to take part in the World Cham­pi­onships in Au­gust 2017 by com­pet­ing in sev­eral New Zealand based events.

But Mc­mur­ray was not the only sports per­son to be recog­nised dur­ing the awards held at the Plaza in Pu­taruru with netball coach Ali­cia Tay­lor also hon­oured.

Tay­lor was named Coach of the Year for her out­stand­ing achieve­ments on and off the court with the Pu­taruru Col­lege Se­nior A netball team.

The team was the joint win­ner of the Toko­roa Netball Cen­tre Bill Gray Me­mo­rial Cham­pi­onship Pre­mier Grade and also fin­ished as run­ners up dur­ing the Gold Coast Netball Car­ni­val in July.

Sport Waikato South Waikato Dis­trict co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Mansell said she was ‘‘very pleased with the high cal­i­bre of nom­i­na­tions, fi­nal­ists, and win­ners this year’’.

‘‘Sport­ing suc­cess is alive and well in the South Waikato.’’

‘‘Sport­ing suc­cess is alive and well in the South Waikato.’’ Lis Mansell

Ser­vice to Sport: Frank Brown­hill, Mark Hotham and Mon­ica O’rourke.

Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Year: Sue Con­roy.

Coach of the Year: Ali­cia Tay­lor.

Team of the Year: Toko­roa High School Touch Team.

Ju­nior Sportswoman: Al­ley Car­son.

Ju­nior Sports­man: Dy­lan Clark.

Sportsper­son of the Year: Jim Mc­mur­ray.

Club of the Year: South­ern United Rugby Foot­ball Club.

Sport­ing Per­son­al­ity of the Year: Josiah Teoko­tai.

Sec­ondary School Con­tri­bu­tion to Sport: Danielle White.

Ti­rau’s Jim Mc­mur­ray in ac­tion.

Jim Mc­mur­ray has won his fourth South Waikato Sportsper­son of theyear Award.

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