Steven Adams nets supreme prize
Sports stars awarded at Wellington gala
Steven Adams landed another two-pointer last night.
The 2.13m basketballer picked up both the sportsman of the year and the supreme award at The Dominion Post-sponsored Wellington sportsperson of the year awards at the TSB Arena.
Adams was a popular winner of the supreme award, heading off 47 other finalists on a night where 520 people attended the gala dinner.
His mentor, Kenny McFadden, and several of Adams' family were in attendance, making the night all the more memorable for the former Scots College student.
Adams' reward was recognition for a sterling 12 months for the Oklahoma City Thunder, a period in which little was expected from the NBA rookie. Adams was a valuable member of Oklahoma's successful season, his performances earning him selection in the 2013-14 NBA All Rookie Second Team.
Adams tipped out Conrad Smith, hockey player Stephen Jenness and emerging rower James Hunter for the sportsman of the year title.
It was a night for doubles. Para-swimmer Mary Fisher predictably won the disabled sportsperson of the year award and was also crowned sportswoman of the year on the back of four world records and two Oceania ones in the qualifying period.
Fisher edged defending sportswoman titleholder Anita Punt (hockey) as well as Commonwealth Games bound swimmer Samantha Lee and barefoot waterskier Georgia Groen.
The Wellington Firebirds also picked up two awards, winning team of the year for their victory in the 50-over one-day final and their coach, Jamie Siddons, named coach of the year.
Personality of the year went to Irene van Dyk, who only last week announced she was hanging up her Silver Ferns bib. Van Dyk, who turns 42 on Saturday week, was a clear winner through the people's choice voting process run through The Dominion Post.
The other finalists in the personality category were All Black TJ Perenara, injured Phoenix veteran Paul Ifill and Firebirds skipper James Franklin.
Sportsperson of the year: Steven Adams (basketball)
Sportswoman of the year: Mary Fisher (para swimming)
Sportsman of the year: Steven Adams (basketball)
Team of the year: Wellington Firebirds (cricket)
Coach of the year: Jamie Siddons (cricket)
Disabled sportsperson of the year: Mary Fisher (para swimming)
Emerging sportswoman of the year: Julianne Alvarez (golf)
Emerging sportsman of the year: Ben Walsh (swimming)
Personality of the year: Irene van Dyk (netball)
Club of the year: Wellington Scottish Athletics Club (athletics)
Volunteer of the year: Simon Roseingrave (cricket)
Official of the year: Kathy Cross (cricket)
Administrator of the year: Matt Wood (ocean sports)
Lifetime achievement award: John Bradbury (football)
Sports Legends of Wellington inductees: Kenny McFadden (basketball), Bevan Smith (athletics), Mark Sorenson (softball), Ron McKenzie (tennis).
- The Dominion Post
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