The Hinuera Bowling Club was named club of the year with, among other things, their achievement of consistently increasing player numbers and having secured nine Waikato Championship titles and two New Zealand Championship titles in the past year.
Matamata Piako District Coordinator Lou Beer was very pleased with the high caliber of nominations, finalists and winners this year.
“We have had an amazing spread of talent across all categories this year, and it’s great to see the hard work and determination from all our sportspeople really paying off. And those sportspeople could not do what they do without the fantastic support of the many talented coaches, administrators, officials and supporters,” Beer said.
Eligible winners are now considered for the Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards on Thursday 1st February, 2018 at Claudelands Conference and Event Centre, Hamilton.

2017 winners:

Service to Sport: Brian Wratt, Heather Stringer, Ragvir Singh
Volunteer of the Year: Stephen Lindsay
Team of the Year: Hinuera Bowling Club Ladies Premier A Interclub Team
Junior Sportswoman: Tatiana Kaumoana
Junior Sportsman: Sam Weatherley
Sportswoman of the Year: Tarryn Davey
Sportsman of the Year: Kieran McPherson
Club of the Year: Hinuera Bowling Club
Secondary School Contribution to Sport: Olivia Goodwin
Sporting Personality of the Year: Michelle Montague
For further information, contact:
Matamata Piako District Coordinator Lou Beer
027 226 5297 or email


Summary of winners:

Volunteer of the Year: Stephen Lindsay, Golf 
Morrinsville Golf Club is very grateful to Stephen for his work with the committee and executive staff to re-establish the club on a secure financial footing, and in setting up systems and controls to ensure that management of the club remains sustainable. Outside of contributing financial expertise, Stephen also assists in other ways including organising monthly meat pack tournaments.
Secondary School Contribution to Sport: Olivia Goodwin, Volleyball
Only in Year 10, Olivia has impressed sport staff with her mature outlook and with her versatility and ability to read a volleyball game. Olivia has particularly impressed with her fast development as a member of the College senior team and as the youngest player on the Waikato Under 17 team. In addition to volleyball, Olivia plays hockey for the College1st XI, and came second in the girls 800m Thames Valley athletics. 
Club of the Year: Hinuera Bowling Club 
This club is bucking the trend in bowling by consistently increasing player numbers. This has been achieved through initiatives such as using alternative format club day fixtures for a fun based day, plus ‘have a go’ nights and mentoring younger players in the club and at Matamata College. They also continue to deliver extraordinary results, having secured nine Waikato Championship titles and two New Zealand Championship titles in the past year.
Team of the Year: Hinuera Bowling Club Ladies Premier A Interclub Team 
This seven person team is the 2017 Premier A Interclub New Zealand Champion team. This is the first time it has been won by Hinuera, beating much bigger centres and hugely impressive when you consider that they only have eight competitive woman bowlers to choose from!
Junior Sportsman of the Year: Sam Weatherley, Jockey
Sam signed his apprentice papers just 18 months ago and is already recognised as the standout in New Zealand’s riding ranks, being named the Champion New Zealand Apprentice Jockey for the 2016/17 racing season. Lance O’Sullivan describes Sam as a credit to racing and the jockey profession, and attributes his progress to total dedication combined with the skills to more than hold his own in a competitive and demanding field.
Junior Sportswoman of the Year: Tatiana Kaumoana, Athletics
Tatiana competes at basketball and netball as well as each athletic throwing discipline but it is at discus that Tatiana has truly excelled. At the New Zealand Track and Field Championships she achieved first in Under 18 women’s discus; first in the Under 20 women’s discus and fourth in Open women’s discus. She was then selected for the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games team where she competed in the Bahamas, winning silver in the Under 18’s women’s discus.
Sport Personality of the Year: Michelle Montague, Wrestling
Rugby, mixed martial arts and wrestling are Michelle’s passions, and this year she has achieved in all three - consistently placing in the top three for her category at MMA tournaments. She achieved selection for the Waikato women’s rugby team and built on a talent for wrestling that took her to the Oceania Champs representing New Zealand where she won Gold.
Sportsman of the Year: Kieran McPherson, Xterra Off Road Triathlon
Having only made the switch from traditional triathlon two years ago, Kieran has achieved remarkable results in this gruelling event and travelled to three continents to compete. Eight top three places plus an impressive eighth place at the Pan American Off-road Triathlon champs put him third overall for the 2017 series.
Sportswoman of the Year: Tarryn Davey, Hockey 
Named most valuable player for the Midlands Hockey team, Tarryn has had a stellar season - starting with becoming a member of the Blacksticks Development Squad, playing at the Junior World Cup in Chile and then achieving selection for the Black Sticks v Malaysia and India game. She capped the year with selection for the Oceania Cup and Hockey World League Final to be played in Auckland this month.
Service to Sport: Heather Stringer, Table Tennis
Heather was awarded life membership of Manawaru Table Tennis Club having helped run the club for 22 years. As a committed volunteer, Heather has demonstrated strong organisational skills, taking responsibility for all the administration involved with prizegiving and putting together the programme for the season. Working quietly in the background, the many little jobs she does add up and the smooth running of club nights and championship draws would not happen without her valuable contributions. Her reliability, positive attitude and willingness to pitch in and help wherever needed makes Heather very deserving of this recognition.
Service to Sport: Ragvir Singh, Table Tennis
Ragvir has been a member of Manawaru Table Tennis Club for 37 years and is now a Life Member who holds the record for the longest presidency of the club – 31 years and counting!  He is a great leader and is always looking for ways to move the club forward - from arranging a variety of interclub matches to setting up the tables for club night and organising the annual fundraiser. Even during his busiest periods on his farm, he will make time to ensure that the tables are ready to go. There is no doubt that Ragvir is committed to the club and he contributes good leadership, organisational skills and people skills to the ongoing success of the club.
Service to Sport: Bryan Wratt, Tennis
A junior member of Tatuanui Tennis Club in the 70’s and 80’s, Bryan and his family have long been involved in the club’s success. He returned as a senior member in the 90’s and has a notable volunteer history of participation and contribution, having been a committee member for many years and President since 2007. During this time, he has overseen projects including flood lighting, court resurfacing and replacement of the tennis pavilion. He works behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the programmes and dealing with property maintenance issues. A standout initiative has been the Farmers’ Tennis day which has become a huge success. His volunteer spirit and enthusiasm for tennis inspires others and is evident in the sustained success of club nights, business house and junior tennis.

Tarryn Davey nets Sportswoman of the Year at Ingham Matamata-Piako District Sports Awards

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