North Shore Times : November 19th 2010
19 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 SPORT 2010 Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards The Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards are proud to be associated with the following companies: The 18th Annual Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards saw 340 Harbour sportspeople, Sporting Legends and their supporters in attendance on Friday 12th November at the Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna. The 2010 Regional Sport Excellence Awards organised by Harbour Sport celebrated outstanding sporting achievements of past and present Harbour people involved in sport. Harbour athletes, administrators, coaches, umpires, referees and volunteers are all instrumental to the success of sport in the region and the evening is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the winners and finalists of the 13 Excellence Award Categories and 12 AUT sponsored Sport Acknowledgement Awards. Three new athletes were honoured and inducted into the prestigious Legends of Harbour, Harbour Sport Sports Hall of Fame. For further information please contact Tracy Kemp, Project Manager on 09 415 4650 or firstname.lastname@example.org Massey University Sporting Excellence Award - Supreme Winner Jacko Gill The Spencer on Byron Sportsman of the Year Tony Woodcock - Rugby Union North Shore Times Sportswoman of the Year Lisa Carrington - Kayaking McDonalds Junior Sportsman of the Year Jacko Gill - Athletics McDonalds Junior Sportswoman of the Year Stacey Michelsen - Hockey Massey University Inter national Performance by a Team Lisa Carrington and Teneale Hatton - Kayaking Prosper Financial Regional Team of the Year North Harbour Water Polo Senior Men's Team Youthtow n Junior team of the Year Westlake Boys Premier1 Badminton Team Beachside Health and Fitness Referee/Umpire of the Year Simon Taylor - Hockey Youthtow n Coach of the Year Didier Poppe - Athletics Hayes Knight Administrator of the Year Brian Palmer - Swimming Tass Print Sporting Event of the Year Lion Foundation Pan Pacific Series and Westpac New Zealand Junior International - Badminton North Harbour Watties Maori Sports Performer of the Year Lisa Carrington - Kayaking Cube Creative Print and Design Club of the Year North Harbour Bays Athletics - Bays Cougars 2010 Legends of Harbour Bernard 'Tom' Hadfield - Rugby League Walter Little - Rugby Union Eric Verdonk - Rowing Sport to AUT Acknowledgement Awards Alan Ker r - Netball Allan Dickinson - Volleyball Danny Wrigley - Hockey Darrell Simpson - Hockey Dorothy Callister - Badminton James Slater - Rugby union Peter Smith - Special Olympics Richard Wood - Diving Sandy Doherty - Golf Scott Talbot - Swimming Russ Hoggard - Athletics Victoria Bernice Toohey - Synchronised Swimming Jacko Gill IN BRIEF Beach volleyball Westlake Boys are the North Harbour beach volleyball champions. Tom Hartles and Jesse Hawkins showed what talented all-round players they are by winning the senior final comfortably. They played Rangitoto in the final and defeated them 21-12, 21-16. Long Bay were third with the Westlake Boys second team of Jack Beasley and Tom Davies coming fourth. In the junior beach volleyball competition Jake Seymour and Mayne Brown of Westlake competed well and ended up winning the third/fourth play- off 15-11, 15-7. Snow sport Catch Snowplanet's Hammers & Mash freestyle ski and snowboard competition tonight from 7pm. New Zealand and Olympic snowboarder James Hamilton who hails from Albany will be on hand to judge the competition. Give golf a go North Harbour Golf are running a Give Golf a Go Day at the Waitemata Golf Club on Sunday. New Zealand Golf in conjunction with regional golf associations and local clubs throughout the country are keen to increase the number of junior golfers in the game. The event runs from 9am to noon. Visit www.harbourgolf.co.nz for information. Holt dips his feet in ocean swim Crossing challenge: Swimmer Daniel Holt, who has albinism, will use landmarks to help find his way across the harbour. Photo: BEN WATSON Visually impaired paralym- pian Daniel Holt will be swimming among the strongest field ever in the State Harbour Crossing. On Sunday Holt, 18, will use the Sky Tower and har- bour bridge as landmarks as he swims from Bayswater to the Viaduct Harbour. Holt has albinism. It causes abnormal develop- ment of the retina and abnor- mal patterns of nerve con- nections between the eyes and brain. He has 6/60 sight -- what most people can see at 60 metres he has to be six metres away from to see. It's good for cross-training and it keeps things interes- ting,'' Holt says of ocean swimming. I've only done pool train- ing so I'm going to wing it and see how it goes.'' The Albany resident joins more than 1200 swimmers at this year's event. The Har- bour Crossing marks the beginning of another summer of ocean swimming with the State New Zealand Ocean Swim Series attracting some of the world's best open water swimmers to New Zealand over six races. Event director Scott Rice says the race is shaping up to be one of the greatest in the series' history. We have five out of the previous six Harbour Cross- ing champions on the start line this year -- it is going to be a great battle, particularly between Bryn Murphy, Kane Radford and Steven Kent. Between the three of them, they won all six of last season's ocean series swims.'' Commonwealth Games swimmer Glenn Snyders from North Shore Swimming Club will also be keeping the ocean water specialists honest. The women's race sees a strong showing of talent as well, led by Cara Baker who earlier this year finished sec- ond behind the world cham- pion in the 10km race at the Australian Open Water Championships. She went on to win the 5km event. That result qualifies her for the New Zealand team com- peting at the World Open Water Swimming Champion- ships in Canada in July next year. Commonwealth Games swimmer Melissa Ingram, also from North Shore Swim- ming, took second last year while Shore teenager and New Zealand representative open water swimmer Alan- nah Jury came third. Visit www.oceanswim.co.nz for more information. Hockey well represented in sport excellence awards The Harbour Sport Excel- lence Awards for 2010 were held last Friday night at the Spencer on Byron, hosted by Geoffrey Dolan and Tania Dalton, the evening entertained several sporting stars along with laughter and a very nice meal. North Harbour Hockey was well represented in sup- port of their five finalists. Former chief executive Darrell Simpson received a pleasant surprise when he was acknowledged for his services to sport after retir- ing from the chief executive role at North Harbour Hockey this year while Simon Taylor and Stacey Michelson were the stars for North Harbour Hockey taking out their respective awards ahead of high qual- ity finalists. Taylor was announced as referee/umpire of the year after being named Hockey NZ umpire of the year in 2010 for the fifth consecutive year. While Michelson took out the Junior Sportswoman of the Year award as a member of the Black Sticks women's team. I was overwhelmed with the evening and receiving this award, there are some great sporting names on the trophy and it's an honour to have my name on there, it has topped off a pretty suc- cessful season,'' says Michel- son, who will also be part of the Celebrity Hockey Match on December 10. However, North Harbour Hockey again left empty- handed in the team of the year award category. Between the men's and women's North Harbour sides they have won the National League seven times over the last 10 years. But neither side has been able to defend their titles. North Harbour Hockey holds their senior prizegiving tonight starting at 7pm in their club rooms. Coach of the year should see national champions Shelley Hiha and Sharon Williamson go head to head.
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