West pays tribute

JULIAN RAETHEL
Last updated 10:29 08/11/2012
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SUPREME: Mahe Drysdale winning the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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ROCKET RICO: BMX rider Rico Bearman took home the Junior Sportsperson of the Year award.
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WELL-DESERVED: Eric Verdonk receives his Sportsperson of the Year Award.

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The cream of the crop of Waitakere sport rolled into Trusts Stadium on Friday night to celebrate the Unitec Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards.

The evening showcased some of West Auckland's finest sporting talent and highlighted their achievements throughout 2012.

It was a big night for the West End Rowing Club with four of their rowers receiving awards.

Mahe Drysdale picked up both the Supreme Award and Sportsman of the Year, Juliette Haigh won the Sportswoman of the Year and Eric Verdonk took the Sportsperson of the Year award.

Sporting Acknowledgement Awards:
Howard Baker, Athletics
Steve Bencsy, Hockey
Jo Draisey, Swimming
Thomas Goer, Surf Life Saving
Jenni Roby, Netball
Andrew Sylvester, Triathlon
Max Telford, Diving
Graham Whitford, Football
Excellence Awards:
Sport Volunteer Award, Peter Bult, Waitakere United
Administrator of the Year Award, Lloyd Banton, Rowing
Junior Sportsman of the Year, Rico Bearman, BMX
Junior Sportswoman of the Year, Makaira Berry, Waka Ama
Pacific Island Achievement in Sport, Solonaima Maria TutaiantsGsubs ticknte, Netball
Maori Achievement in Sport, Cathrine Latu, Netball
Official of the Year, Cory Mills, Football
Coach of the Year, Shane Knowles, Bay Olympic Football
Team of the Year, Piha Senior Men’s A Boat Crew
Club of the Year, United North Piha Lifeguard Service
Sportsperson of the Year, Eric Verdonk, Rowing
Sportsman of the Year, Mahe Drysdale, Rowing
Sportswoman of the Year, Juliette Haigh, Rowing
Unitec Supreme Award, Mahe Drysdale, Rowing

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