Top sportspeople are recognised at awards
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.