Winners from the finalists released today will be announced at the prestigious 2018 Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards, which celebrates and acknowledges sporting excellence and service in the greater Waikato region. The event finalists showcase achievement from local grassroots clubs through to high performance level, and were selected from the winners and judges’ recommendations of all the nine District Sports Awards held throughout November.
 
Sport Waikato CEO Matthew Cooper explained a high calibre of finalists within the categories came from another busy sporting year for the Waikato region.
           
“What a year we’ve had as a region. The Commonwealth Games were a real highlight, and our awards finalists are a reflection of the success our athletes have had this year. We have some outstanding achievements both locally, nationally and internationally and our sportspeople and supporters can be extremely proud to be nominated for these awards,” Cooper said.    
 
World champion athletes, international and world class coaches, administrators and officials feature in this year’s finalist list. Sport Waikato Regional Capability & Events Advisor Gilly Alexander commented on the tough job the judges had this year.
 
“The judges have included additional finalists in some categories this year as they found the judging exceptionally hard - finding a winner with such a high standard of finalists is not easy and I commend them for their hard work,” Alexander said.  
 
Winners will be announced on Friday 1st February, 2019 at Claudelands Conference & Exhibition Centre, Hamilton. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online from www.sportwaikato.org.nz or Sport Waikato, 51 Akoranga Road, Hamilton, Ph. 07 858 5388.
 
 

2018 Finalists

 
First Name Last Name Sport Club/Organisation District

Administrator

Tim Bailey Football Cambridge Football Club Waipa
Alison Howie Multiple Sports Addictive Events Hauraki
Stephanie Ngamotu-Tahana Rugby League Taupo Phoenix Rugby League Club Taupo
Damien Puddle Parkour Parkour NZ Hamilton
Tjitte (TJ) Weistra Badminton Waikato Badminton Association Hamilton

Club

Cambridge Athletics and Harriers Club Inc Athletics   Waipa
Hauraki Plains Youth Cricket Cricket   Hauraki
Horsham Downs Badminton Club Badminton   Hamilton
Taupo Motorcycle Club Motor Sport   Taupo
Thames Gymsports Gymnastics   Thames Coromandel

Community Coach

Rhys Carmichael Athletics Special Olympics Thames Valley Hauraki
Hemi Keelan Martial Arts Waihi Community Martial Arts Hauraki
Richard Petherick Hockey Hamilton Old Boys & Old Girls Hockey Club Hamilton
Michael Polley Volleyball Fraser High School Hamilton
Leanne Walker Basketball St Peter’s School, Cambridge Waipa

Club Team

Aber Old Boys Men’s Hockey Team Hockey Hamilton Old Boys & Old Girls Hockey Club Hamilton
Hamilton Volleyball Club’s Senior Women’s Team Volleyball Hamilton Volleyball Club Incorporated Hamilton
Melville United AFC Men’s Northern United League Team Football Melville United AFC Hamilton
Thames Coast Bowling Men’s Club Fours Team Bowls Thames Coast Bowling Club Inc Thames Coromandel
Whangamata Motorboaters (Surf Boat Rowers) Surf Lifesaving Whangamata Surf Life Saving Club Matamata Piako

Disability

DG Sport Waikato Stampede Wheelchair Rugby Team Wheelchair Rugby Parafed Waikato/ Waikato Wheelchair Rugby Hamilton
Danielle Aitchison Athletics Hauraki Plains College Hauraki
Shannon Cleave Triathlon Achilles Waikato Hamilton
Willem van Vroonhoven Powerchair Football Hillcrest High School Hamilton

Performance Coach

Jon Andrews Cycling Cycling New Zealand Waipa
Matt Cameron Cycling Cycling New Zealand Waipa
Jono Gibbs Rugby Union Waikato Rugby Union Hamilton
Gareth Hopkins Cricket Northern Districts Cricket Association Hamilton
Bruce Hunter Triathlon Triathlon NZ Waipa

Emerging Talent

Ellesse Andrews Cycling University of Waikato Waipa
George Jackson Cycling Te Awamutu Sports Cycling Waipa
Rebecca Petch Cycling Te Awamutu Sports Cycling Waipa
Isaiah Priddey Athletics Hamilton City Hawks Athletics Inc Hamilton
Jessie Smith Cycling Hillcrest High School Hamilton
Quinn Tupaea Rugby Union Waikato Rugby Union Hamilton

Official

Glenn Carson Squash Squash Waikato Hamilton
Belinda Clark Netball Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty Hamilton
Ella Higgins Netball Cambridge High School/Cambridge Netball Centre Waipa
Mark Willis Martial Arts Turangi Karate Club Taupo
Michael Winter Rugby Union Waikato Rugby Union Hamilton

Sportswoman

Bryony Botha Cycling University of Waikato Hamilton
Rushlee Buchanan Cycling Te Awamutu Sports Cycling Waipa
Brooke Donoghue Rowing Waikato RPC Waipa
Joelle King Squash Squash Waikato Waipa
Julia Ratcliffe Athletics Hamilton City Hawks Athletics Inc Hamilton
Stacey Waaka Rugby Union Waikato Rugby Union Hamilton

Sportsman

Sam Gaze Cycling Te Awamutu Sports Cycling Waipa
Oliver Leydon-Davis Badminton Waikato Badminton Association Hamilton
David Nyika Boxing Hit Fitness HQ Hamilton
Aidan Sarikaya Hockey Midlands Hockey Hamilton
Tim Seifert Cricket Northern Districts Cricket Association Waipa

Team

Knights Cricket Northern Districts Cricket Association Hamilton
Thames Valley Swampfoxes Rugby Union Thames Valley Rugby Union Thames Coromandel
Tui Medical Waikato Wisden Cup Team Badminton Waikato Badminton Association Hamilton
Waikato Mitre 10 Cup Team Rugby Union Waikato Rugby Union Hamilton

Innovation in Sport & Recreation

Avantidrome Community Trikes     Waipa
Real Health NZ     Matamata Piako
Te Kuiti High School This is ME Leadership Group     Waitomo
Trail Trilogy     Hauraki
Waikato Badminton Association     Hamilton

Secondary School Sportswoman

Aimee Ferguson Athletics Rototuna Junior High School Hamilton
Kayla Goodwin Athletics Sacred Heart Girls College Hamilton
Charlisse Leger-Walker Basketball St Peter’s School, Cambridge Waipa
McKenzie Milne Cycling Waikato Diocesan School for Girls Hamilton
Montessa Tairakena Rugby Union Hamilton Girls’ High School Hamilton
Ally Wollaston Cycling St Peter’s School, Cambridge Waipa

Secondary School Sportsman

Campbell Crouch Rowing Hamilton Boys' High School Hamilton
Finn Fisher-Black Cycling St Peter’s School, Cambridge Waipa
Ryan Marshall Wrestling Hamilton Boys' High School Hamilton
Blake Ross Cycling Cambridge High School Waipa
Maxim Stephens Basketball Hamilton Boys' High School Hamilton
Gideon Wrampling Rugby Union St Paul’s Collegiate Hamilton

Secondary School Team

Hamilton Boys' High School Sevens Rugby Sevens Hamilton Boys' High School Hamilton
Hamilton Boys' High School U18 Coxed Four Rowing Hamilton Boys' High School Hamilton
Hamilton Girls’ High School 1st XV Rugby Union Hamilton Girls’ High School Hamilton
St Peter’s School, Cambridge Girls U18 Rowing Eight Rowing St Peter’s School, Cambridge Waipa
St Peter’s School, Cambridge Premier Girls Basketball Team Basketball St Peter’s School, Cambridge Waipa
St Peter’s School, Cambridge Premier Girls Lacrosse Team Lacrosse St Peter’s School, Cambridge Waipa
             
 
 

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