Top sports­peo­ple are recog­nised at awards

Whangarei Report - - SPORT - With Brent East­wood chief ex­ec­u­tive, Sport North­land

What a fan­tas­tic cel­e­bra­tion of sec­ondary school sport a few weeks ago at the ASB Sta­dium in Whangarei, where the ASB North­land Sec­ondary School Sports Awards were held.

Over 500 peo­ple turned out to recog­nise our best young sports­men and women across all sport­ing codes. The ma­jor in­di­vid­ual awards for the night were won by Kaitaia Col­lege’s young wrestler Arapo Kell­ner (Sports­man of the Year) and Whanga- rei Girls High School’s eques­trian rider Is­abelle Jame­son (Sportswoman of the Year), while the Team of the Year award went to the Whanga- rei Boys High School’s Ro­gaine team.

Kell­ner’s achieve­ments in­cluded a sil­ver and eight gold medals for New Zealand at the 2018 Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onships in Cadet Freestyle and Greco wrestling.

Jame­son was one of only three New Zealan­ders se­lected to com­pete at the Friend­ship Games in Rus­sia at which she in­di­vid­u­ally won a gold medal.

The Whangarei Boys’ High School Ro­gaine team is the 2018 New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools 6-hour Ro­gaine Cham­pi­ons.

Three ath­letes re­ceived Northtec Emerg­ing Tal­ent Awards: Imo­gen Ear from Huanui Col­lege in karate, Madi­son Wain­wright from Whanga- rei Girls’ High School in wa­ter ski­ing and Crys­tal Wikaira from Kaitaia Col­lege in road cy­cling. Sixty one North­land sec­ondary school stu­dents were named as ASB Code Award win­ners. They re­ceived their awards from lo­cal and na­tional sport­ing celebri­ties — Grace Kuku­tai (Mys­tics net­baller); Richie Black­more (War­rior and Kiwi League player); Leilani Perese (Black Fern); Scott Gre­gory (NZ U20 and Tani­wha rugby player); Finn Trim­ble (NZ Ju­nior squash player); and Brad Far­rand (Volvo Ocean race yach­tee).

All fi­nal­ists were of­fered com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to the func­tion through spon­sor­ship that at­tracted many North­land busi­nesses and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

More fi­nal­ists were there to be recog­nised for their sport­ing deeds.

With many of our young sports­peo­ple el­i­gi­ble to at­tend three, some­times four, of the five func­tions, the sports awards sea­son can be ex­pen­sive and we wanted as many sec­ondary school fi­nal­ists as pos­si­ble to at­tend this year. There was in­evitably still the odd fi­nal­ist away play­ing their sport, but it was fan­tas­tic to see a much higher at­ten­dance than in pre­vi­ous events. A huge thank you to those 24 or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who con­trib­uted.

A big thanks also to ASB for their longterm spon­sor­ship of this event — this was the 27th event and the 27th time that ASB has sup­ported it through nam­ing rights spon­sor­ship —an achieve­ment that ASB and Sport North­land are very proud of.

Thanks to Glen Hard­ham, North­land’s Re­gional Man­ager, and his ASB team for the on-go­ing sup­port.

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