Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Selica Winiata named Police Association sportsperson OTY

For the second time, Black Ferns vice-captain and fullback Constable Selica Winiata is the recipient of the New Zealand Police Association Sportsperson of the Year award.

Police Association president Chris Cahill will present Selica with the 2018 award at the Palmerston North Police Station on Tuesday, April 9.

Selica, 32, has always stood out from the pack. From her small stature (1.63 metres tall) to her ability to score length-of-the field tries, she has impressed the sporting world nationally and internationally, and at home in Palmerston North and Manwatu she is an inspiration to young people in her community.

In 2018, Selica was also captain of the Manawatu Cyclones, captain of the Manawatu Women’s Sevens (the first province to win back-to-back national titles that year) and was nominated for Manawatu’s Women’s Sportsperson of the Year Award.

Her ongoing service to the community involves working with the Highbury Whanau Recreation Centre and other local youth groups, being a Mana Wahine guest speaker and a facilitator with the Loves Me Not programme. In 2018, she refereed in the local fifteens/sevens module at the Sir Gordon Tietjens Sevens Tournament, taught rugby skills to girls at Central District high schools and juniors and ran a free boot camp.

Last year, Sky TV made a documentary about Selica and her career. She often appears on Sky TV sharing her expertise during panel discussions on rugby.

She is acknowledged by NZ Rugby as a mainstay of the Black Ferns, with her pace from fullback and on the counter making her a feared opponent.

Selica debuted for the Manawatu Cyclones in 2001 when she was just 14 and still at Freyberg High School, and set myriad records for her province. Her 62 tries are a Farah Palmer Cup championship record, and she has racked up 71 games and 398 points for the Cyclones. Her 110 points in 2012 is a championship record.

She debuted for the Black Ferns in 2008 and her 35 test tries, from just 31 internationals, are second only to Vanessa Cootes. In 2016 she was named NZ Rugby’s Women’s Player of the Year. In 2013 her try against England at Eden Park was voted the fans’ Try of the Year.

Selica also plays in the Black Ferns Sevens.

She previously won the NZPA Sportsperson of the Year Award in 2013.

Selica works in road policing in Manawatu. Her Police colleagues who nominated her for the annual award say she deserves to be recognised because not only is she representing New Zealand, but she is representing Police. In both arenas, she has become a role model and celebrated for hard work and dedication towards others, reflecting the team culture she values so much.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland