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The Ray White 2016 Whanganui Sports Awards were once again a great success with 420 guests in attendance. Included in this were a large number of the 86 nominees from the Whanganui, Rangitikei and Ruapehu region, including coaches and athletes to administrators, referees and more.
Awards were given across eleven categories, with the evening also including the announcement of Tupoho Scholarship recipients, the induction of members to the Whanganui District Council Hall of Fame (where outstanding Whanganui achievers from the past are acknowledged) and the Sport Whanganui Roll of Honour (recognising those volunteers who have contributed 25 years of service).
Guest MC James McOnie kept the crowd entertained and speakers on their toes throughout the night with his quick wit and hilarious anecdotes.
Wanganui Rugby captain Peter Rowe and Grant McKinnon, who recently hung up his broadcasting boots after 42 years, were fantastic during a quick Q & A with James while jockey Lisa Allpress had the audiences empathy after telling of her disappointment at missing out on her Melbourne Cup ride due to breaking her leg just two weeks prior.
Winners on the evening came from a wide range of sports from formula first go kart and thoroughbred racing, through to rowing and rugby. Rower and Olympic medallist Rebecca Scown took away the Wanganui Chronicle Supreme Award after winning the Mitre 10 MEGA Senior Sportsperson of the Year award.
Although the evening is primarily to celebrate performance and achievements, the sporting community is more than aware that these athletes would not be where they are without the support of volunteers and those who work ‘behind the scenes’. These fantastic individuals were recognised in the Sport Whanganui Services to Sport and Roll of Honour categories.
Each year the event is extremely well supported by the community and is only made possible thanks to a number of sponsors. Sponsors include Ray White Wanganui, Stirling Sports, Velo Ronny’s Bicycle Store, NZCT, Mitre 10 MEGA Wanganui, Stihl Shop Wanganui, Mars Petcare, Treadwell Gordon, Ali Arc, David Jones Motors, Wanganui Chronicle and Rivercity Gas.
Sport Whanganui’s Rachel O’Connor says “It was just amazing to see the calibre of sporting talent we have in our region - athletes, coaches and clubs are doing fantastic things both nationally and internationally and to have them all together for the evening is definitely a highlight for us at Sport Whanganui.”
Congratulations to all nominees and winners and a big thanks to everyone who came along on the evening. See page 4 for a full list of winners.