Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards
Steven Adams and Mary Fisher big winners at the 2014 The Dominion Post Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards
Steven Adams and Mary Fisher are the big winners at is year’s annual The Dominion Post Sportsperson of the Year Awards run by Sport Wellington.
Adams, who was in attendance at the awards, took out the Steinlager Sportsman of the Year award along with the supreme The Dominion Post Sportsperson of the Year award. Following a successful rookie year in the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder in which he made the 2013-2014 NBA All-Rookie Second Team and helped the Thunder progress to the finals series. Adams has shown that he is a bright prospect for the future.
Fisher added to her 2013 Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
title by once again taking out this year’s Pelorus Trust
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award along with the
Wither Hills Sportswoman of the Year award. This achievement
was off the back of another stellar year for Fisher who
finished up with four new world records and two Oceania
records in her class, showing once
again she is a shining light for New Zealand in the pool.
At a star studded gala event at the TSB Arena, in front of 520 people, 47 finalists were celebrated for their achievements, dedication and commitment across all levels of sport, from community based sport through to that of the highest level.
Other notable winners on the evening included the Tulsi Wellington Firebirds who were named the Hiremaster Team of the Year after winning the 2013/14 Ford Trophy, the first national silverware for Cricket Wellington in 10 years. Jamie Siddons was also recognised for the work he has done in helping the Firebirds to claim that silverware by taking out the Gibson Sheat Lawyers Coach of the Year award. Rounding out a successful night for cricket in the region, Simon Roseingrave was named New Zealand Community Trust Volunteer of the Year for the work completed as a coach, club coordinator and administrator, along with being a Wairarapa Woman’s Cricket Board representative.
Irene Van Dyk was recognised on the night, after announcing her retirement and ending what has been an outstanding international career. Van Dyk was awarded the Super Colour Personality of the Year after being a clear winner through the ‘people’s choice’ promotion run through The Dominion Post.
Sport Wellington CEO, Phil Gibbons thanked all stakeholders and supporters who continue helping such events saying “Sport Wellington is working to ensure everyone in the greater Wellington region has a life-long involvement in sport and active recreation. It is evident through the 200 nominations we received for these awards along with great stories from the work we do in the community, the Wellington sport and active recreation sector is as strong as ever and more and more people are getting involved”
Another highlight for the evening was the induction of four new Sport Legends of Wellington. Once again, Keith Quinn, the quintessential Wellingtonian inducted 1972 Munich Olympian Bevan Smith (athletics), the late Ron McKenzie (tennis), Kenny McFadden (basketball) and softball great Mark Sorenson.
The full list of winners from the 2014 The Dominion Post Wellington Sportsperson of the Year
The Dominion Post Sportsperson of the Year
Steve Adams – Basketball
Wither Hills Sportswoman of the Year
Mary Fisher – Para Swimming
Steinlager Sportsman of the Year
Steven Adams - Basketball
Hiremaster Team of the Year
Tulsi Wellington Firebirds – Cricket
Gibson Sheat Laywers Coach of the Year
Jamie Siddons – Cricket
Pelorus Trust Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
Mary Fisher – Para Swimming
Wellington City Council Emerging Sportswoman of the Year
Julianne Alvarez – Golf
Wellington City Council Emerging Sportsman of the Year
Ben Walsh – Swimming
Super Colour Personality of the Year
Irene Van Dyk – Netball
Pak’n Save Kilbirnie Club of the Year
Wellington Scottish Athletics Club – Athletics
New Zealand Community Trust Volunteer of the Year
Simon Roseingrave – Cricket
BDO Official of the Year
Kathy Cross – Cricket
Administrator of the Year
Matt Wood – Ocean Sports
Wellington Community Trust Lifetime Achievement Award
John Bradbury – Football
2014 Sport Legends of Wellington inductees
Kenny McFadden – Basketball
Bevan Smith - Athletics
Mark Sorenson – Softball
Ron McKenzie - Tennis