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An Olympic boxer from the Manawatu will be the guest speaker at the annual Far North District Council Sports Awards this month.
Trevor Shailer (41) represented New Zealand in the light-welterweight (64kg) class at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
He also won a bronze medal at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria and was New Zealand’s cultural advisor and athlete support person at the 2012 London Olympics.
He will speak at an awards dinner the council will hold at Te Ahu Centre in Kaitaia on October 12 at 6:30pm.
Sport Northland Mid-North Community Sports Advisor and former Black Fern Cheryl Smith says the council and Sport Northland are thrilled that Trevor accepted Sport Northland’s invitation to speak at the awards.
“He is a Commonwealth Games medallist, has 13 national titles and runs a boxing academy in Wellington, so it is a great honour to have an athlete of his calibre at the awards.”
Sports clubs have nominated more than 80 individuals and teams for 29 awards covering 25 codes.
“Once again, a large number of nominees are secondary school students, which bodes well for the future of sport in our area.”
People wishing to attend the awards can buy tickets ($40 each for finalists, $45 for others) from the Far North i-SITE at Te Ahu Centre and from the council’s Kaikohe and Kerikeri (Procter Library) service centres.
Far North Sports Awards 2012 – Finalists
Athletics: Rachel Martin, Imogen Hull, Te Ruawai Herbert-Brown, Kacey Potae, Ene Heremaia, Devean Norman, Hazel Tana, Issac Harris, Raina Mata, Harlym Tepania and E. J. Nathan
Basketball: Ashley Dye
Bike: Rachel Martin
Boxing: Blake Hodges
Equestrian: Madeline Banks, Tegan Newman
Football: Miriama Taylor-Moon
Gymsport: Stevie Newsome, Andrew Van der Linden
Hockey: Georgia Miller, Samantha Wasson, Elley Miller
Inline hockey: Georgia Grimme
Jetsprints: Steve Crene
Mounted games: Jayne Clarke
Netball: Genie Harrison, Nadia Matthews, Arahia, Kamira, Larissa Hona, Oceane Maihi
Powerlifting: Tarei Patuwai
Rodeo: Bradley Lanigan, Klay Lanigan
Rugby: Te Ruawai Herbert-Brown, Claudia McMeekin-Currin, Grace Kapa, Aroha Heta, Noah Cooper, Kirk Gibbons, Mitchell Jurlina, Joshua Mane-Akulu, Sean Windelborne-Rawiri, Reuben Adams-Leef, Himiona Manuel, Raniera Campbell
Rugby League: Tumoana Halkyard, Jayden Bentley-Hape, Corey Naera, Kadince Christensen, Ricky Toby
Shooting: Aroha Heta
Swimming: Jayne Clarke, Michael Larkin, Heremaia Murray, Haydn Jurisich, Stefan Hofstede-Burrows, Daniel Gaualofa
Surfing: Spenser Harrison
Taekwondo: Riley Phillips-Harris
Touch: Jaydenn Bentley-Hape
Triathlon: Rachel Martin
Waka Ama: Merita Heihei, Maoi Clarke, Kingi Herewini
Yachting: Shae Donahoe, James Ayr, Blair Tuke, Andrew Murdoch
All-rounder: Rachel Martin, Donna Hohaia, Ashley Dye
Team of the Year: Abundant Life School Netball, Kaitaia Boys’ First XI Football, Kaitaia Girl’s Rugby, Kaitaia 10-Pin Bowling, Kerikeri High Girls XI Football, Kerikeri High School Sailing, Stingrays Inline Hockey
Coach: Glen Floriaw
Admin: Bruce Brereton, Rachel Johnson, Neta Frost
Service: Waana Puru, Gloria Harrison.