Tūrangi's top sports

Karate again tops the win­ners at 20th event

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - Front Page - Les­ley Hardisty

Last Satur­day night the 20th An­nual Tu­rangi-Ton­gariro Sports Awards was held at The Delta in Tu­rangi, cel­e­brat­ing the out­stand­ing ath­letes Tu­rangi cre­ates and recog­nis­ing the hard work the sport­ing com­mu­nity, (coaches, ad­min­is­tra­tors and ath­letes) com­mit to mak­ing Tu­rangi a bet­ter place to live in.

Karate once again topped the win­ners, with Premier win­ner Mark Wil­lis, who this year gained his 8th Dan Black Belt, mak­ing him the most ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cial for Tra­di­tional Shoto-kan Karate Fed­er­a­tion in both New Zealand and Aus­tralia. The Tu­rangi Black Belt Girls Karate Team, made up of three girls 15 and un­der, have only been de­feated by one team in New Zealand, and that’s the ex­pe­ri­enced Manukau Black Belt Men’s Team.

Also recog­nised was the huge con­tri­bu­tion Tsunami South­ern Tribes Tuwhare­toa Brazil­ian Ji­u­jitsu Team has made to Tūrangi sport, with Club of the Year and Sportsper­son and In­di­vid­ual Fair­play.

With the Ton­gariro School rippa rugby team’s in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful cam­paign to rep­re­sent King Coun­try at the Na­tion­als in Welling­ton, they gained spe­cial men­tion from the judges.

With a de­vel­op­ing new soc­cer team and a suc­cess­ful U11 ju­nior rugby team in the mix, it was ex­tremely hard for the judges to call.

Andy Hema from the TūrangiTon­gariro Com­mu­nity Board, Kevin Tamepo (a well known Tūrangi and Taupō Dis­trict BMX sports­man and coach) and Chris­tine Tur­ton (Sports Waikato’s Taupō co-or­di­na­tor) did a great job mak­ing some dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions, when so many of the nom­i­nees demon­strated such out­stand­ing tal­ent and com­mit­ment.

Speaker James Porter, (BOP Rugby Union academy man­ager) was ex­tremely im­pressed by both the young tal­ent here in Tūrangi and the com­mit­ment of Tūrangi sports club coaches and the hard work they put in to play­ers.

Ton­gariro School’s team of teach­ers and stu­dents pro­duced a de­li­cious meal to set the evening off in a for­mally and beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated venue. These hard­work­ing com­mit­ted stu­dents are fundrais­ing to travel to China.

We would like to thank Tūrangi Ton­gariro Com­mu­nity Board mem­bers Andy Hema, Wally van der Aa, Te Takinga New and Shar­lyn Holt for rep­re­sent­ing the board and Taupo¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil at this im­por­tant event.

Rugby, foot­ball, ki-o- rahi, vol­ley­ball, bas­ket­ball, rippa rugby, karate, ji­u­jitsu, Ton­gariro School, Te Kura o Hi­rangi, net­ball, bad­minton, and swim­ming were all rep­re­sented .

The speaker for the evening, James Porter of the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union, pre­sented the Fair­play Team Award to the Ton­gariro U11 Colts, pic­tured with their coach Paul Hal­lett (right) who also was awarded Coach of the Year for his coach­ing of ju­nior and rippa rugby.


The Tu¯rangi Black Belt Girls Karate Team, com­pris­ing Tan­gia­riki Wanikau, Dan­ica Bell and Sha­nia Moa­naroa, were awarded Ju­nior Team of the Year. The award was pre­sented by sports­man and coach Kevin Tamepo. The Tu¯rangi Karate Club’s head coach and 8th Dan black belt Mark Wil­lis won the evening’s Premier Award but was over­seas coach­ing.

Tau Thomp­son of the South­ern Tribes Tu¯whare­toa Brazil­ian Ji­u­jitsu Team was pre­sented with the Sportsper­son of the Year award by Te Takinga New of the Tu¯rangi-Ton­gariro Com­mu­nity Board. His club was also named Club of the Year.

New Coach of the Year Emma Billing, pic­tured with Ja­pan You from the Tu¯rangi Bak­ery & Cafe, who pre­sented her award.

Tan­gia­riki Wanikau of Tu¯rangi Karate Club was awarded Ju­nior Sportsper­son of the Year. She is pic­tured with Aaron Moeke of Tuwhare­toa FM.

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