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Sport Hawke’s Bay Hosts the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards

Sport Hawke’s Bay Hosts the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards

On Saturday, May 20, the annual Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards were held at Pettigrew.Green Arena in Taradale, recognizing the region’s sports people and supporters for their contributions and achievements during the year.

The event hosted over 490 of Hawke’s Bay’s top sporting people and supporters as 15 awards were presented on the night, with John Kirkpatrick being announced as supreme winner. The international shearing champion is the second shearer to claim the award, following Cam Fergusson winning the award in 2011.

The big winners on the night were Waka Ama, claiming the SBS Bank Innovation in Sport (Haeata Ocean Sports Inc), Kennedy Park Resort Napier Masters Sportsperson of the Year (Roni Nuku), Sileni Estates Coach of the Year (Myka Nuku), and Youthtown Disabled Sportsperson of the Year (AJ MacDonald).

2017 saw the introduction of the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Contribution to Increasing Maori Participation Award. This award was designed to recognise a group or individual that has positively contributed to increasing participation in their chosen sport in the Te Matau a Maui region. IronMāori took away the honours narrowly claiming it ahead of Kohupātiki Marae and Heretaunga Ararau O Ngāti Kahungunu Waka Ama.

Hawke’s Bay Netball were once again crowned the Nimons Regional Sports Organisation of the Year for a fourth consecutive year. While the Hawke’s Bay Hawkeyes bounced back from narrowly missing out on the 2016 Senior team award to claim the 2017 Tremains Team of the Year following another highly successful year on the speedway track.

The Hawke’s Bay Sports Hall of Fame were also reintroduced after a 3-year absence .2013 inductee and double Olympian presented the awards to 2017 inductees, Duane Kale and Mark Paston. Multiple medal winner at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Kale said he was ‘honoured to be recognised amongst the Hawke’s Bay public”.

Commercial Manager, Ryan Hambleton says “Hawke’s Bay has a wealth of sporting talent. From sports administration to winning on the world stage, we have a lot to celebrate. Sport Hawke’s bay is proud to deliver an event in which we bring together the sector to congratulate those who have done an outstanding job over the past 12 months”.

Kirkpatrick beat Masters category winner, world champion waka ama paddler Roni Nuku, another world champion waka ama paddler and Disabled category winner Amy Jane MacDonald, Junior Team category winners, the Hastings Boys' High School 1st XV rugby side, Senior Team winners, the Hawke's Bay Hawkeyes Superstock team, and Olympic Games cyclist and Junior category winner Regan Gough for the supreme award.

For a full list of winners please see below.


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FULL LIST OF WINNERS 2017 HAWKE’S BAY SPORTS AWARDS

Sportsground.co.nz Administrator of the Year
Graeme Robinson – Sailing
Nimons and Sons Sports Organisation of the Year
Hawke’s bay Netball
Zeelandt Brewery Grassroots Club of the Year
Napier Old Boys’ Marist Rugby Football Club
SBS Bank Innovation in Sport
Haeata Ocean Sport Inc – Waka Ama
BrebnerPrint Official of the Year
Joanna Burns – Synchronised Swimming
Kennedy Park Resort Napier Masters Sportsperson
Roni Nuku – Waka Ama
Sileni Estates Coach of the Year
Myka Nuku – Waka Ama
Sport Hawke’s Bay MaraeFit
Kohupātiki Marae
The Hits People’s Choice Award
Shea McAleese – Hockey
Spark Lifetime Contribution to Sport
Don McDonald - Rowing
Spark Lifetime Contribution to Sport
Jane Sheldrake
Hawke’s Bay Sports Hall of Fame
Duane Kale – Para-swimming
Hawke’s Bay Sports Hall of Fame
Mark Paston – Football
Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc Contribution to Maori Participation
IronMāori
Konica Minolta Junior Team of the Year
Hastings Boys’ High School 1st XV – Rugby Union
Tremains Senior Team of the Year
Hawke’s Bay Hawkeyes - Speedway
The Lion Foundation Junior Sportsperson of the Year
Regan Gough – Cycling
Youthtown Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
Amy Jane (AJ) MacDonald – Waka Ama
Gemco Senior Sportsperson of the Year
John Kirkpatrick – Shearing
Hawke’s Bay Today/RadioSport Sportsperson of the Year
John Kirkpatrick - Shearing

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