Sporting and supporting talent have been recognised at the annual Howick Sports Awards.
Funded by the Howick Local Board and now into its 10th year of operation, the event celebrates the region’s local talents and their efforts over the past year on and off the field.
Howick Local Board chair Damian Light says that it is important the board and area recognise the individuals and organisations who support them to perform at local, regional, national, and even global levels.
“We have some incredible local talent and it's great to be able to take some time to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements. It’s also important that we acknowledge the people behind these sports starts – the coaches, staff, officials and volunteers who make their success possible.”
Board funding allows free tickets for all finalists, substantial price reductions for other guests, purchasing awards, a guest speaker, and the administration costs.
Event organiser and Pakuranga United Club general manager Mike Bongiovanni adds, “The significance is not only in recognising winners, but also in getting to meet everyone. We’d like to thank Howick Local Board for allowing us to administer the awards, all the volunteers across all codes that make local sports possible, the judges and our MC.”
There were 13 categories with 97 total nominations across 33 clubs/schools.
Some of the highlights of the night included Patrick Holmes from Special Olympics Pakuranga win Internationalist (outstanding athlete performance at the international level) of the Year, 10 different clubs/schools winning awards and 180 in attendance, the largest to date.
Sportsman / Sportswomen of the Year
Wendell Stanley from Revills Boxing Gym
Zoe Benson from Macleans College for football
Coach of the Year
- Wade Tresadern from Bucklands Beach Yacht Club
Masters Athlete of the Year
- Rachel Penny a joint nomination from Pakuranga Athletics Club & Bucklands Beach Football Club
Service to Sport
Aaron Martin from East Skate Club
Brian Long from Counties Manukau Orienteering
Colin Horgan from Howick Pakuranga Hockey Club
David Pasco from Bucklands Beach Football Club
Desiree Jenkins-Allright from Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club
Ian Davies from Fencibles United AFC
Jono Frankle from the Cockle Bay Tennis Club
Leigh Mckenzie from East Skate Club
Lorena Ennor from Cockle Bay Tennis Club
Vinson Chao Yu across multiple sports
Official of the Year
- Steve Wilson from Special Olympics Howick Pakuranga
Club of the Year
- Bucklands Beach Football Club
Junior team of the Year
- Callum Noyer & Callum Hyde from Bucklands Beach Intermediate/Macleans College for Sailing
Team of the Year
- Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club Premier Women
Junior Sportsmen / Sportswomen
Finn Wilson from Macleans College for Cycling
Olivia Rooney from St Kents for Triathlon
Administrator of the Year
- Louisa Smith from Pakuranga Athletics Club
Primary/Intermediate of the Year
- Bucklands Beach Intermediate
Volunteer of the Year
- Jai Hira from Howick Pakuranga Hockey Club
Internationalist of the Year
- Patrick Holmes from Special Olympics Howick Pakuranga
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