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Finalists for Wellington Sportsperson of the Year 2014

Media Release
16 May 2014

Finalists announced for The Dominion Post Wellington
Sportsperson of the Year Awards 2014

Sport Wellington has announced the finalists for The Dominion Post Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards 2014. Six external and independent judges deliberated over 200 nominations from 26 different sports to compile the list of 46 finalists. Every district in the region was represented through the nominations submitted.

Finalists have been announced in 11 categories covering Sportspersons, Coaches, Officials, Administrators, Clubs and Teams. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony held Thursday 12 June at TSB Banks Arena. From these category winners will come the supreme winner; The Dominion Post Wellington Sportsperson of the Year 2014. Past winners of the supreme award include Peter Taylor, Conrad Smith and Ricki Hebert.

One winner has also been selected as to receive the Lifetime Contribution to Sport award. The winner of this award will be revealed at the awards ceremony. As well as the categories named, the Personality of the Year award will be put to a public vote with finalists announced in The Dominion Post for this category in late May.

Amongst the finalists, Rugby, Cricket, Swimming, Basketball, Hockey and Athletics feature repeatedly with a few less renowned sports making an appearance such as Equestrian, Shooting and Barefoot Water-skiing.

Sport Wellington Chief Executive Phil Gibbons said “this has been yet another great year for the number of nominations received. The quality of the nominees and their level of achievement are outstanding. The judges had a very difficult task in separating the finalists in each category. The range of sports recognised really highlights the diversity of Wellingtons sporting landscape with 20 different sports recognised within the finalists alone. Every corner of our region is recognised and we can all be justifiably proud of the finalists announced today.”

Sport Wellington has also announced New Zealand television broadcaster and TVNZ Sports Icon Geoff Bryan as the host for the evening. Growing up in Wellington, Bryan has worked as a presenter across several local media channels. Bryan has covered five Commonwealth Games, numerous Rugby, Cricket and Football World Cups and a wide variety of other sports at top level.

Established in 1969, the awards ceremony is attended by many of Wellingtons top sporting achievers and is now recognised as the most prestigious event on Wellingtons sporting calendar. The Awards dinner will also include the 2014 induction of the Sports Legends of Wellington. Once inducted the Legends will have plaques unveiled in their honour at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie on the morning after the awards.

Tickets for the awards can be purchased through Sport Wellington by phoning (04) 380 0228 or email, or visit


strong>Finalists by category are:

Steinlager Sportsman of the Year
Conrad SmithRugby
Steven AdamsBasketball
James HunterRowing
Stephen JennessHockey

Wither Hills Sportswoman of the Year
Mary FisherPara Swimming
Anita PuntHockey
Georgia GroenBarefoot Waterskiing
Samantha LeeSwimming & Surf lifesaving

Hiremaster Team of the Year
Wellington 7’sRugby
Hutt Valley/Porirua FlyersBasketball
Wellington FirebirdsCricket
CanSurvive DragonboatingDragonboating

Gibson Sheat Lawyers Coach of the Year
Gary HurringSwimming
Jamie SiddonsCricket
Scott Waldrom Rugby
Chris BoydRugby

Wellington City Council Emerging Sportsman of the Year
Kurtis ImrieSurf Life Saving
Joseph Baker-ThomasAFL
Ben WalshSwimming
Izayah Mauriohooho Le’afaBasketball

Wellington City Council Emerging Sportswoman of the Year
Whitney SounessNetball
Julianne AlvarezGolf
Jackie KiddleRowing
Jacinta BeckleyBasketball

PAK'nSAVE Kilbirnie Club of the Year
Petone Rowing ClubRowing
Wellington Scottish Athletics ClubAthletics
Hutt Valley Gym SportsGym Sports
Greytown Junior Football ClubFootball

Pelorus Trust Disabled Athlete of the Year
Kate HoranPara Cycling
Mary FisherPara Swimming
Greg ReidShooting
Santana ChapmanPara Swimming

New Zealand Community Trust Volunteer of the Year
Simon RoseingraveCricket
Lyn MacIntyreEquestrian
Mark HarrisAthletics
Geoff HenryAthletics and Cross Country

BDO Official of the Year

Mike FraserRugby
Kathy CrossCricket
Jim McIlroyAthletics

Pub Charity Administrator of the Year
Matt WoodOcean Sports
Mark BergeSwimming
Louise Evans -McDonaldAthletics
Jo MurrayAthletics

Super Colour Personality of the Year*

*The Super Colour Personality of the Year is decided by a people’s choice promotion run through The Dominion Post.

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