Manawatu's Trevor Shailer wins the gong for top Maori sports administrator
Manawatu's Trevor Shailer was named the best Maori sports administrator at the Maori Sports Awards at the weekend.
The Sport Manawatu chief executive and Rio Olympics deputy chef de mission won the gong at the ceremony in Auckland on Saturday night.
A former Olympic and Commonwealth Games boxer, Shailer worked with athletes and team members at Rio to ensure the athletes had every chance of success.
The 45 year old was up against Waka Ama New Zealand's Marinna Millanta and Harko Brown, who has been instrumental in the revitalisation of Ki-o-rahi.
Manawatu will have a new Black Sticks hockey player when the New Zealand women play Malaysia in Stratford in December.
Rangitikei's Pippa Norman, who plays for High School Hockey Club, was named as one of 12 debutants in the Black Sticks squad, which includes Manawatu's Michaela Curtis, for the five-test series.
RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY
This November has to be one of the wettest in recent sporting memory.
Weekend rain cancelled club cricket for the fourth time this summer, which was meant to be on grass for the first time this season, and caused the Manawatu rep cricket game against Hawke's Bay to be abandoned.
The Manawatu open fours bowls finals were postponed and speedway was cancelled after just two races.
Manawatu cricketer Hannah Rowe was part of a New Zealand record partnership with Kate Baxter in the Central Hinds' three-wicket loss to Otago at New Plymouth on Saturday.
The pair set a record 10th-wicket stand of 66 runs in the Hinds' total of 157. Rowe made 36 and Taranaki's Baxter scored a career-best 32 not out.
Baxter was also part of the previous Hinds record stand for the 10th wicket, which was 44, set with Michelle McKay two seasons ago.