And the win­ner is . . .

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Olympian Re­gan Gough won the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Sportsper­son of the Year award for a fourth con­sec­u­tive year in Waipuku­rau on Fri­day night.

Eight-time win­ner of the ju­nior award at the an­nual Sport Hawke’s Bay-or­gan­ised func­tion, Gough, 22, col­lected the pre­mier award af­ter ear­lier win­ning the se­nior award for the first time in front of a crowd of 360 in the AW Par­sons Sta­dium.

It has been an­other mem­o­rable year for Gough.

In late 2017, when the judg­ing pe­riod for the awards be­gan, he com­peted at the world road cham­pi­onships in Ber­gen be­fore tack­ling the world track cham­pi­onships in the Nether­lands.

Af­ter over­com­ing the re­stric­tions of a re­cur­ring health is­sue which he con­tin­ues to keep pri­vate, Gough re­gained his fit­ness to world-class level in a rel­a­tively short pe­riod and com­peted at the Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast in Aus­tralia dur­ing April. He fin­ished ninth in the points race and as a mem­ber of the New Zealand pur­suit track team qual­i­fied for the ride off for bronze against Canada.

The Ki­wis were dis­qual­i­fied for hav­ing an il­le­gal bike on the start line. De­spite be­ing only 21 for most of this year, Gough was the se­nior rider in the Kiwi team.

Gough beat mas­ters award win­ner triath­lete Julie Boshier, ju­nior team award win­ner the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Col­lege se­nior boys vol­ley­ball team, se­nior team award win­ner the Otane se­nior men’s rugby team, ju­nior fe­male award win­ner eques­trian Iso­bel Thom­son, ju­nior male award win­ner swim­mer Be­van Ja­cobs and fel­low cy­clist and se­nior award win­ner Amanda Jamieson for the pre­mier award.

Ear­lier this year Gough won the ju­nior award at the an­nual Hawke’s Bay Sports awards func­tion in Taradale.

Boshier fin­ished fourth in her age group at the World Triathlon Grand Fi­nal on the Gold Coast in Septem­ber.

The CHB Col­lege vol­ley­ball team fin­ished sec­ond in Hawke’s Bay’s divi­sion two com­pe­ti­tion last year and this year have recorded 13 wins, a draw and a loss.

The Otane rugby team was un­beaten in 18 games this sea­son as they won the Bay’s Town and Coun­try and divi­sion two com­pe­ti­tions be­fore los­ing their pro­mo­tion-rel­e­ga­tion game against Ta­matea. Thom­son rep­re­sented the New Zealand un­der-17 Mounted Games team at their world cham­pi­onships in Bel­gium.

Ja­cobs won bronze medals at the Queens­land open wa­ter cham­pi­onships in the 10km and 7.5km sec­tions and won his 15-19 years age group and fin­ished sec­ond over­all at the 2.5km Napier Port Ocean Swim. In­ter­na­tional rider Jamieson fin­ished eighth at the Her­ald Sun Tour in Aus­tralia against riders from all over the globe and was sev­enth in the Bev May Tour, New Zealand’s biggest women’s event.

For­mer All Black and Hawke’s Bay Mag­pies rugby team player and coach Rob­bie Stu­art was in­ducted into Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay’s Hall of Fame.

Two-time world cham­pion Black Fern and Sky Sports tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Melodie Robin­son was the guest speaker.

Re­gan Gough, four­time win­ner of the Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Sportsper­son of the Year award.

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