Sporty pair scoop trophies

01:42, Sep 28 2012
Portia Barcello
High achievers: Georgie Crawford, left, and Portia Barcello hold the trophies they won as top performers at the Marlborough Girls’ College sports awards on Tuesday

Georgie Crawford and Portia Barcello claimed major honours at the Marlborough Girls' College sports awards ceremony on Tuesday evening.

Crawford was named Sportsperson of the Year for her achievements during a year in which she featured in a number of sports. Her successes included making the senior New Zealand volleyball team that toured Vietnam.

She played for the college volleyball team, the Marlborough Redbacks, and played netball for the college team that finished fourth at the South Island championships.

Barcello won the College Sportsperson of the Year award. A member of Marlborough Girls' College teams in cross-country running, netball and equestrian, she also excelled at the Maadi Cup national secondary school rowing champs, winning gold and silver medals.

Champion swimmer Sara Gane won the Junior Sportsperson of the Year title during a year in which she was crowned the college under-14 swimming champion, taking out every event she entered and setting two new records along the way. She set numerous club and regional records and won gold, silver and bronze medals at the New Zealand age group champs.

The MGC A volleyball side won the Team of the Year title.

They won the South Island title and finished a creditable third at the nationals under the expert guidance of coach Alister McKenzie.

College volleyball stalwart Roy Titheridge received a prestigious Secondary School Sports Service Award during the evening. Guest speaker was former Olympic gold medallist and International Olympic Committee member Barry Maister, of Waikawa.


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