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Young Auckland Talent Wins National Kilikiti Award

MEDIA RELEASE 22 DECEMBER 2004

YOUNG AUCKLAND TALENT WINS NATIONAL KILIKITI AWARD

Auckland kilikiti player, Vienna James, has won the kilikiti category of the MILO GO SportsKid of the Year award 2004.

The MILO GO SportsKid award is open to all participants of events in the MILO GO Sport Programme across a range of sports throughout the year. The award is designed to honour youth who strive to develop their skills and potential, and who demonstrate the core values of sport, such as sportsmanship, effort, teamwork, commitment and perseverance.

More then 50 children were nominated for the award for displaying positive sporting attributes during the MILO Netball Discovery Day series, the MILO Rugby Coaching Clinic series, the Small Whites Tournament and the MILO Junior Kilikiti Tournament.

>From the nominees for the award, one winner was selected for each of the sport categories. Vienna was selected as the winner of the rugby category and will receive a $250 voucher from Rebel Sports and a MILO Pack. From the category winners, one overall winner was selected as the MILO GO SportsKid of the Year.

ASB Sport's Lara Collins, who organised the MILO Junior Kilikiti Tournament, said Vienna was nominated for the MILO GO SportsKid of the Year award following an outstanding performance at the tournament last month.

"Vienna is a really enthusiastic player and clearly loves the sport of kilikiti," said Collins. "She has a high level of agility and skill in all aspects of the game. She worked extremely well with the others in her team throughout the tournament and displayed great sportsmanship. She really deserves to win this award."

Blenheim netball player, Kirby Heath, was the winner of the netball category and was also named the overall winner as the MILO GO SportsKid of the Year 2004. Kirby will receive a trophy, a certificate, MILO pack and an additional $500 voucher from Rebel Sports.

Other category winners are Auckland's Harrison Eden who won the soccer category following the Small Whites National Soccer Tournament, and Alexandra's Rowan Tumai who won the rugby category following the Central Otago MILO Tens Rugby Day.

Nestle New Zealand has been committed to supporting youth sports in New Zealand for decades, investing significantly in grassroots sports sponsorships. The MILO GO Sport Programme encapsulates all of MILO's historical individual sport sponsorships of netball, rugby, soccer, kilikiti and cricket.

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