Sam Vincent, Nikita Howarth and Hamilton Boys rowing eight have claimed the top awards at the Waikato Sports Awards last night.
Westpac Secondary School Sportsman of the Year – Sam Vincent, St Peters School, Cambridge
Sam is a New Zealand junior golf representative; he was runner-up in the men’s New Zealand Amateur, won the Waikato Winter Strokeplay, the North Island u-19 title and sits 8th on the New Zealand Golf Order of Merit. Sam finished 10th at the Greg Norman Junior Masters in a field of over 120 international players.
Sam is a hard working dedicated golfer who is always searching for constant improvement whilst also trying to keep enjoyment in the game. Sam has recently been awarded a full scholarship to Iowa State University and will begin his studies in August.
Westpac Secondary School Sportswoman of the Year – Nikita Howarth, Cambridge High School
After attending the Para World Swimming Champs in Glasgow, Nikita returned as world champion in both the S7 50 metre butterfly and SM7 200 metre Individual Medley. Nikita broke her Oceanic record in the SB8 100 metre breaststroke twice, once in the heat and again in the final finishing 6th.
Nikita is a mature young lady who deals well with her commitments in and out of the pool, be it training, speaking at Schools or doing Media interviews for Paralympics New Zealand. She is friendly and approachable but also very driven to succeed.
Westpac Secondary School Team of the Year – Hamilton Boys’ High School U18 Rowing Eight
Winners of the Maadi Cup U18 eight secondary school championship the team are also winners of the North Island Secondary Schools U18 championship. The team are highly motivated and dedicated with the team consisting of four boys aged under 17 boding well for 2016.
This crew performed with distinction to defeat New Zealand’s premier schoolboy teams, racing through the North Island & New Zealand Championships unbeaten. These boys under the expert coaching of Bruce Holden trained to a level of performance of the highest calibre.
17-year-old kayaker Ethan Moore is aiming for a spot in the Olympics and to become a professional.
Olympic and world champ Lisa Carrington has shown what can be achieved and Ethan is prepared to make sacrifices to reach the top.
A halfback for the St Bernard's College first fifteen, he has decided he will give all his attention to paddling in 2016.
"Rugby has been a big part of my life but I have to bite the bullet and really sort out what I want to do."
Next week he is off to the Oceania Championship in Adelaide as part of the New Zealand Under 18 Development Team, competing over 200m and 500m in a team he predicts will do well.
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NZ ski racers Blake Hartley, Patrick Hartley, Kate Richards, Rose Hadley, Ben Richards, Thomas Knowles and Ethan Baxter-McAsey have been in Vallnord Arcalis, Andorra representing New Zealand at the FIS Youth races for the Trofeo Borrufa.
Trofeu Borrufa is an international junior ski competition for children in U14 and U16 age categories, which is held annually in Andorra. Each year approximately 30 countries compete in this prestigious racing event. Each participating country can field a team of up to 10 racers. Andorra, as host nation and neighbouring Spain and France are allowed to send two teams. Disciplines include: Slalom (SL), Giant Slalom (GS), Super G (SG) and Alpine combined (AC).
The New Zealand team as a whole finished fifth overall from 38 teams and put together strong individual performances throughout the four days, each posting a top 30 result.
Ben Richards made himself familiar with the podium right from day one when he finished second in the U16 men’s Slalom. Days two and three saw Ben in the top spot, winning both the Giant Slalom and the Super-G. He finished third in the Alpine Combined and, on the final day of competition, finished second in the Super G.
Ben's younger sister Kate found her form on day two in the U16 women’s GS, skiing into fifth place after the first run and then attacking her second run with style to finish in third place.
Blake Hartley was no stranger to the podium either, chalking up third in Slalom, second in Super G and second in Alpine Combined in U14 men’s category.
Italy finished top of the team results table, Spain second, Great Britain third and Belgium fourth. Full results can be found here. A full range of action and podium photos can also be found here.
At the conclusion of the U17 tournaments today, NZ Softball has announced their boys and girls tournament teams. Congratulations to all those selected!
TOURNAMENT TEAM - Boys
Reilly Makea, CB
Josh Kelly, USI
Tobias Makisi, WN
Caleb Delaney, USI
Braden Healy, USI
Jayden Britt, CB
Kaleb Rona, NH
Waylon Tuhoro-Robinson, HV
Ash Reihana, CB
Andre Hart, WN
Corban Kireka, HB
Nigel Kelly, USI
Antony Stuart, CB
Nik Cooper, HV
TOURNAMENT TEAM - Girls
Nikita Hiroki (WN)
Nerida Elson (AK)
Bailey Robertson (HV)
Otila Tavite (HV)
Maddison Roy (AK)
Pallas Potter (HV)
Grace Hamilton (WN)
Te Haumihiata Landon-Lane (HV)
Denva Shaw-Tait (HV)
Layla McDowell (CB)
Mikayla Lewin (HV)
Beth Reid (AK B)
Caitlyn Lewin (HV)
Marama Makea (WN)
Pearl-Marli Waetford (AK)
Kiri Shaw (HV)
Dawn Newton (CM)
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