Sportsperson of the year four times over
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.