Eastern Courier : December 15th 2010
24 EASTERN COURIER, DECEMBER 15, 2010 SPORT Honour caps 'horrible year' Supreme award: Shot putter Valerie Adams won the Sportswoman of the Year award and the overall Sporting Excellence Award for the seventh time. Top man: Sportsman of the year rugby player Sherwin Stowers. Still going: Masters athlete of the year winner Patricia Aspin of the Counties Manukau Orienteering Club. Good group: Southern Districts Hockey Club won the club of the year title. Good servants: With Sir John Walker are Service to Sport recipients Ivan Willis of the Howick Judo Academy; Jo Richards of Special Olympics Howick-Pakuranga; Debbie Mahoney and Vicky Ashley of Counties Manukau Swimming; and Rachel Williams of the Southern Districts Hockey Club. By ALAN APTED Even a year from hell wasn't enough to stop Valerie Adams con- solidating her position as one of the greatest Counties Manukau sports- people ever. The 25-year-old registered her fifth successive double at the Counties Manukau Sporting Excel- lence Awards at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre last Thursday night. She was voted sportswoman of the year and then won the overall Sporting Excellence Award. She has now won the double seven times -- in 2001 and 2002 and five in a row between 2006 and 2010. She also has a junior sportswoman of the year title to her credit. Adams told the 450 guests the win was a blessing in a year she'd rather forget. It has been a horrible year but I think I've pulled through,'' Adams says. This win is the icing on the cake.'' Adams is looking forward to mak- ing a fresh start next year. Steelers' flyer and New Zealand Sevens representative Sherwin Stowers won the sportsman of the year title. Former Kiwi Richie Blackmore was named coach of the year for his deeds with the Otahuhu Leopards premier rugby league team, the Counties Manukau under-17 league team and the New Zealand Maori Rugby League team who drew 18-18 with England earlier this year. His under-17 team won junior team of the year. They were the inaugural winners of the national rugby league cham- pionship's Mark Graham Cup. They beat Auckland 22-12 in the final and averaged 52 points in seven games. Volleyball also had an awards night to remember. The Manukau South Women's Volleyball team won team of the year and John Hall of the Sparta Volleyball Club and the Counties Manukau Volleyball Association was named administrator of the year. Shooting guard Reuben Te Rangi beat seven others for the junior sportsman of the year title. Te Rangi, who started playing basketball in Manurewa, is a Junior Tall Black, New Zealand three-on- three representative and NZ Breakers academy member who is ranked among the top 10 secondary school players in the country. Tennis player Victoria Cheng of Macleans College beat eight other finalists to win the junior sportswoman of the year award. In other awards orienteer Pat- ricia Aspin of the Counties Manu- kau Orienteering Club was named masters athlete of the year; Papa- kura whistleman Jan-Hendrik Hintz won referee of the year; and Southern Districts Hockey Club with their seven Black Sticks, four New Zealand masters and one New Zealand under-18 representative and 67 Auckland representatives was voted club of the year. Four people were acknowledged for their service to sport: Ivan Willis of the Howick Judo Academy; Jo Richards of the Special Olympics Howick-Pakuranga; Debbie Maho- ney and Vicky Ashley of Counties Manukau Swimming; and Rachel Williams of the Southern Districts Hockey Club. Former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga was guest of honour.
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