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Pathway to Podium athletes prepare for busy awards season

Auckland Pathway to Podium athletes prepare for busy awards season

Source: Aktive


As the end of year draws near, 29 young emerging athletes involved in Auckland’s Pathway to Podium programme have been nominated or won awards at annual sports awards across the region.

Pathway to Podium, managed by Aktive for Sport NZ and High Performance Sport NZ, is a nationwide athlete development programme that grows capability in emerging athletes who are identified as potential future winners on the world stage.

Athletes on the programme are selected by their respective national sporting organisations across 14 hubs around New Zealand. Auckland is the largest hub with over 90 young emerging athletes taking part in the programme.

Luke Morriss, Coaching and Talent Development Manager, says Aktive is proud to see so many Pathway to Podium athletes winning or being nominated across the multiple awards.

"It is a real testament to the hard work that these young athletes are putting into not only their training but also their ‘off-field’ development as pre-elite athletes," says Luke Morriss. "We are confident that we will see many of these athletes nominated and winning in their respective codes in the future."

Award winners are as follows;

Howick Local Board Sport Awards

Junior Sportswomen of the Year, Jessica Manchester (Cycling); Junior Sportsman of the Year, Joshua Oxenham (Cycling)

Award nominees and dates are as follows;

Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards - 17 November 2017

Junior Sportswomen of the Year, Olivia McTaggart (Ahtletics); Junior Sportsman of the Year, Finn Kennard-Campbell (Swimming); Junior Sportsman of the Year, Josh Armit (Yachting); Junior Sportsman of the Year, Connor Bell (Athletics); Regional Sportswomen of the Year, Malia Steinmetz (Football); Regional Team of the Year, Mitchell Ottow (Hockey); Regional Team of the Year, Dylan Stevenson (Hockey)

The Trusts Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards - 18 November 2017

Junior Sportsman of the Year, Keegan Pitcher (Para Athletics)

College Sport Young Sports Person of the Year Awards - 23 November 2017

All Rounder, Jacey Cropp (Triathlon); All Rounder, Tori Kolose (Netball); Athletics, Anthony Nobilo; Athletics, Mellata Tatola; Athletics, Oliver Miller; Cycling, Aaron Wylie; Cycling, Jenna Merrick; Distance Running, Jacey Cropp; Distance Running, Madison Doar; Distance Running, Theo Quax; Football, Amy Waters; Football, Hannah Blake; Hockey, Callum Dempster; Hockey, Connor Greentree; Hockey, Madison Doar; Hockey, Tonya Botherway; International Achievement, Gina Galloway (Swimming); International Achievement, Joshua Oxenham (Cycling); International Achievement, Scott McKenzie (Yachting); Netball, Lahaina-Lee Upu-Toparea; Netball, Tayla Earle; Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquathon, Dylan McCullough; Triathlon/Duathlon/Aquathon, Jacey Cropp; Yachting, Sebastian Lardies

Counties Manukau Sport Excellence Awards - 26 November 2017

Junior Sportswomen of the Year, Madison Doar (Hockey)


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