Manurewa golfer makes it a double

21:02, Nov 28 2012
GOLF STAR: Nick Voke of Manurewa High School wins the best male golfer at ASB College Sport Awards last Thursday. 

Nick Voke is the Auckland secondary schools' golfer of the year for the second year running.

The 18-year-old Manurewa High School student from Wattle Downs was named the best male high school golfer at the annual ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year awards at the Ellerslie Convention Centre last Thursday night.

Voke was acknowledged for his four top 10 finishes at national events, which included fourth place in the individual standings at the SBS Invitational in Invercargill.

It was his best performance in a year of highlights that included a four under par 68 to lead round one of the New Zealand Stroke Play Championship.

Voke is one of 10 secondary school winners who hail from South Auckland.

They include world-ranked junior women's discus thrower Siositina Hakeai.


The 18-year-old's achievements included a fourth placing at the under-20 World Championships in Spain, a third at the European under-20 Championship and her becoming the first New Zealand athlete to hold the senior women's and under-20 shot put and discus titles in the same year.

Her win was cause for a double celebration after she was named Counties Manukau Junior Sportswoman of the Year title for the second year in a row on the same night.

The Auckland Girls' Grammar School student was runner-up at the secondary school awards last year.

Nadia Loveday , another finalist in the Counties Manukau Junior Sportswoman of the Year, was named the best secondary school netballer in Auckland.

The Mt Albert Grammar School seventh former who lives in Manurewa overcame a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a knee to win a place in the New Zealand secondary schools and New Zealand U21 teams and picked up the development players' spot on the Waikato Magic for next seasons ANZ Netball Championships. She was also named Counties Manukau player of the year.

The other winners are: athletes with a disability Steven Ramlose (Alfriston College); rugby league, Semisi Tyrell (Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate); girls rugby, Onjeurlina Leiataua (Papatoetoe High School); underwater hockey, Portia Manukuo (Epsom Girls Grammar School); volleyball, Koloti Kamoto (McAuley High School) and waka ama, Rhei Pare (Canoe Southern Cross Campus) and Kata Brown (Alfriston College).

Manukau Courier