Talented Basalaj keeps best to last

Last updated 05:00 05/11/2012
Scott Basalaj
TOP CLASS: Scott Basalaj and Julianne Alvarez, college sports’ big achievers this year. It was the second Young Sportswoman of the Year honour for Alvarez and the first best Sportsman award for gifted goalkeeper Basalaj.

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Scott Basalaj lost one and won one yesterday.

The St Pat's Silverstream year 13 pupil had a loss on the pitch but recorded a notable triumph off it.

Basalaj was in goal for Team Wellington when they lost their national league football match against defending champions Waitakere United in Auckland but was back in Wellington in time to receive his trophy as the College Sport Wellington Young Sportsman of the Year.

Basalaj shared the limelight at the CSW awards dinner with Julianne Alvarez, who was named the Young Sportswoman of the Year for the second time.

Basalaj, 18, made a mark on the national and international stage this year.

The gifted goalkeeper was called into the New Zealand Olympic squad in London as injury cover, and appeared on the bench for the All Whites against Jamaica in February.

He also made one appearance on the bench for the Wellington Phoenix and was a member of the Phoenix academy.

In addition, Basalaj played a key role in getting Lower Hutt City through to the Chatham Cup final, as well as doing his bit, when available, for the Silverstream first XI.

Alvarez, a year 11 pupil at Sacred Heart College, had another stellar year on the golf course.

Alvarez, 16, is the No 1-ranked women's golfer in Wellington and represented the New Zealand senior team in the Trans-Tasman Cup competition.

She was the top qualifier after two rounds of strokeplay in the New Zealand amateur championship in April, before bowing out of the quarterfinals of the matchplay section.

Alvarez demonstrated her potential again last month, when recording her first win on the domestic Charles Tour, with a seven-shot victory in the Harewood Open in Christchurch.

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- The Dominion Post


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