SPORTS PEO­PLE OF THE YEAR

The Taranaki Daily News Taranaki Sportsper­son of the Year awards will be held on Fri­day, Novem­ber 24. Over the next week we will fea­ture the nom­i­na­tions across the 11 cat­e­gories, start­ing with the se­nior sports­man and se­nior sportswoman.

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Se­nior Sportswoman of the Year Aliena Wal­lis

Wal­lis has been able to il­lus­trate to the wider com­mu­nity that the New Zealand path­way was avail­able through the Net­ball Taranaki Rep­re­sen­ta­tive pro­gramme. One of three Taranaki open play­ers who at­tended the Beko screen­ing day in Septem­ber, she was and has been named in the wider Beko Squad for 2018. She was also named Net­ball Taranaki se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tive player of the year and was an key mem­ber of the Taranaki team who re­main un­beaten this year from 12 matches.

Tiana Davison

One of the most com­mit­ted train­ers in­volved in women’s rugby in Taranaki, Davison was nom­i­nated to trial for the New Zealand Un­der-17 sev­ens team. Davison helps out in any way she can with the younger rugby girls teams at Sa­cred Heart Girls’ Col­lege. Her list of achieve­ments for the sea­son saw her in­cluded in the Taranaki women’s sev­ens squad, the Taranaki Un­der18 sev­ens squad and the Taranaki 15-a-side.

Charlotte Webby

A na­tional 200m but­ter­fly open cham­pion this year, Webby won the ti­tle 10 years since she won her first. It was her sixth open ti­tle in the last 10 years. Webby’s abil­ity to stay at the elite level for that length of time re­flects her stamina and de­ter­mi­na­tion, two things that helped her again win the New Zealand Open Wa­ter Championships. Com­pet­ing in New Zealand and across the Tas­man, Webby has been com­pet­i­tive in ev­ery race. Webby was also awarded the tro­phy for 2016-2017 Taranaki Swim­mer of the Year.

Olivia Ea­ton

A dual code New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive for both 2016 and 2017 in surf life­sav­ing and ath­let­ics, Ea­ton holds the Open World Beach Sprint ti­tle, the Aus­tralian Open Beach Sprint ti­tle and the New Zealand Open Beach Sprint ti­tle. In surf life­sav­ing, she had an out­stand­ing sum­mer on the beach, win­ning a num­ber of na­tional ti­tles be­fore she headed off to Aus­tralia where she took gold again in the Open Women’s Beach Sprints at the Aus­tralian Na­tion­als. Ea­ton was then named in the New Zealand Open (Black Fins) team to com­pete at the In­ter­na­tional Surf Chal­lenge in Mt Maun­ganui in Novem­ber 2017. She was also part of the na­tional ath­let­ics squad who com­peted in Aus­tralia.

Ella Toa

A stress frac­ture in a rib se­ri­ously slowed Toa’s progress in row­ing this sea­son. How­ever, she man­aged to still pro­duce enough good re­sults at the na­tion­als to be given the chance to trial and her abil­ity to still be se­lected in the New Zealand Un­der23 squad proved her po­ten­tial. That po­ten­tial was again con­firmed when she made the A fi­nal in the dou­ble sculls at the world championships. Her other achieve­ments this sea­son in­clude a sec­ond plac­ing in the un­der-22 na­tional women’s quadru­ples sculls and wins in re­gional re­gat­tas in the women’s open dou­ble and women’s open.

Se­nior Sports­man of the Year Jordie Bar­rett

An ex­cep­tion­ally tal­ented all-round sports­man. Rep­re­sented the New Zealand Un­der-20 rugby team for the past two years be­fore be­ing se­lected in the All Blacks for his de­but against Samoa and the Bri­tish and Irish Lions test se­ries. Bar­rett also won the Mitre 10 Cup with Can­ter­bury be­fore he was named player of the com­pe­ti­tion. His per­for­mances saw him earn a con­tract with the Hur­ri­canes where he kept a num­ber of se­nior play­ers out of the start­ing side. Bar­rett has also rep­re­sented Taranaki at cricket.

Matthew Bax­ter

Bax­ter’s ath­letic ca­reer has con­tin­ued to thrive since he took up a schol­ar­ship in the United States. The for­mer na­tional age­group cham­pion has shown his ver­sa­til­ity across a wide range of dis­tances as well as his abil­ity to per­form at both in­door and and out­door tracks. As well as a host of top three fin­ishes at na­tional col­le­giate events, Bax­ter won Greater Louisville Clas­sic over 8km.

Javon McCallum

Equally com­pe­tent at beach flags and sprints in surf life­sav­ing, McCallum has put a great deal of hard work in be­com­ing suc­cess­ful at both. McCallum made the World Surf Life­sav­ing team to com­pete at the World Cham­pi­onship in Hol­land where he fin­ished third in the youth beach sprint and sec­ond in the youth beach relay team. At the na­tional champs he fin­ished third in the open men’s beach sprint, sec­ond in the beach sprint and first in the un­der-19 flags.

Tom Bruce

Se­lec­tion in the Black Caps Twenty20 cricket side was un­doubt­edly Bruce’s best achieve­ment of the past sea­son. The hard hit­ting top or­der bats­man earned his call up af­ter a string of im­pres­sive per­for­mances for Cen­tral Districts. Bruce made 59 off just 39 balls in the sec­ond T20 match against Bangladesh and 33 in the sec­ond T20 against South Africa. He scored 261 runs in the Ford Tro­phy one-day com­pe­ti­tion which in­cluded one cen­tury and two 50s. In the longer form of the game Bruce scored 540 runs at an av­er­age of 41 with a high score of 127 not out.

Stephen Hills

The para cy­clist con­tin­ues to im­prove the longer he spends in the sport. Some of his best per­for­mances in the past sea­son saw him fin­ish third in the time trial at the UCI Para World Championships .02 of a sec­ond off from be­ing the world cham­pion in the road race in South Africa.

Corey Peters

The for­mer Taranaki sportsper­son of the year is a com­pet­i­tive sit-skier and since 2012 has been a mem­ber of the New Zealand Adap­tive Snow Sports team as part of the Snow Sports NZ High Per­for­mance Pro­gramme. He won NZ’s only medal at the

2014 Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games and is track­ing well towards se­lec­tion for the 2018 Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games. Peters won the

2016 Adap­tive Snows­ports Ath­lete of the year award and is nom­i­nated again.

Charlotte Webby

Ella Toa

Jordie Bar­rett

Tom Bruce

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