Friday’s Manawatu Standard and Student City Secondary School Sports Awards saw Scott Burch (Awatapu College - Athletics) and Te Paea Selby-Rickit (PNGHS - Netball) take out the Supreme Male and Female Awards respectively. Four Horowhenua students were recognised from amongst the cream of the crop receiving Code Awards for high performance in their chosen sports.
The Team of the Year award went to the Feilding High School 1st XV Boys Rugby team and the Official of the Year went to Palmerston North Girls’ High School student, Sarah Robson for her contributions to netball.
This year’s awards ceremony was held in the Elwood Room at the Palmerston North Convention Centre. Proud parents and supporters filled the room to watch as over 100 secondary school students were recognised and congratulated for their sporting achievements.
Scott Burch, Male Supreme Award winner, attended the Osaka Grand Prix as a member of the 4x400m Senior Men’s Relay team. He also went to the Oceania Regional Championships where he placed 1st in the 400m, 1st in the 4x400m relay, 2nd in the 200m and 2nd in the 4x100m relay.
Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Female Supreme Award winner, vice captained the New Zealand Secondary Schools team and made the New Zealand U21 squad. She was a member of the 2009 Western 1 Netball team and the Lois Muir Western team. Te Paea was named Most Valuable Attacking Player at the 2009 Lower North Island Secondary School Tournament.
Among individual award recipients were several students from Horowhenua who received Code Awards for high performance in their sport. These students were Hannah Staples for Canoe Polo, Tyler Hodge for Golf and Aramai Tahau for Taekwan-Do from Horowhenua College, and Jennifer Wilson for Track Cycling from Waiopehu College.
The Team of the Year winners, Feilding High School 1st XV Boys Rugby team, were champions of the National Co-ed Rugby competition. They also won the Hurricanes Co-ed rugby Competition, the Christchurch Boys High School international competition, and the Premier 1 Manawatu Competition.
Sarah Robson was named Official of the Year for her contributions to netball in the Manawatu region. The Palmerston North Girls’ High School student holds her New Zealand Umpiring Theory Badge gaining the 2nd highest mark in New Zealand this year. She also achieved her New Zealand qualifying practical award. Sarah was the only secondary school student from the Western region to be awarded her New Zealand badge.
Clive Jones, a Palmerston North mountaineer, was the guest speaker for the evening. Clive shared his experiences of climbing Mount Everest and being the first New Zealander to ascend Cho Oyu in Tibet in 1994.