FIONA PATERSON overcame the odds to achieve her sporting dream of competing at the Olympic Games.
The women's rowing nominee out of the Wairau Club, successfully battled cancer a few years back and, although missing out on qualifying an eight for the Beijing Olympics, teamed with her Central High Performance team-mate Anna Reymer to gain a place in the double scull crew for London.
Despite a gutsy row after an injury disrupted build-up, they finished a creditable fourth following on from their World Cup bronze medal the previous year.
A member of the Wairau Rowing Club competing for the Central RPC at the club nationals, Paterson won gold with Reymer in the double scull and was part of the Central quadruple scull crew which finished second.
Her nomination is sponsored by McKendry Ford.
DRESSAGE nominee JANELLE SANGSTER-WARD proved her abilities with notable success on not one, but four horses over the past year.
Riding main mount Astek Ghisella, Sangster-Ward won the Young Dressage Horse Champion of Champions and Five year-old Young Dressage Horse Champion at the national and South Island champs. In level two, the pair were the Marlborough, Nelson and Canterbury champs and finished runner-up at national level, also taking out the five year-old Dressage and Performance Horse of the Year titles. At the 2012 NZ Nationals, Sangster-Ward rode two horses as part of the four-horse Marlborough team that won the national teams crown.
Her nomination is sponsored by JTC Viticulture Limited.
Women's hockey nominee ROBYN ROWE enjoyed an excellent season, stepping up to be a key member of the Arotea Kiwi team in the combined Marlborough/Nelson premier competition.
Rowe played for Emcee but, with only one Marlborough team involved in the higher standard combined competition, she turned out for Arotea Kiwi and made a significant contribution each week in a side which eventually finished runners-up.
Juggling work, play and family life, Marlborough's female player of the year also turned out for Emcee in the midweek senior competition where her skills and experience again came to the fore each week.
Rowe carried her good form over from the two club competitions to the Marlborough senior A representative team.
Her nomination is sponsored by Mitchell Sports Power.
TAEKWONDO nominee BRAEDON O'BRIEN enjoyed a superb year of competition in this highly-competitive and physically-demanding sport.
The 17 year-old from the Renwick Taekwondo Club is ranked number one in New Zealand as a junior black belt in his division. He won a Union black belt title and competed at the World Federation junior championships.
He also gained preliminary selection for the New Zealand team to compete at the world taekwondo Oceania championships.
O'Brien is a very dedicated, confident and enthusiastic person who enjoys his sport with a passion and has a great attitude.
As well as competing himself and always looking to improve, the talented teenage assists coaching others at events and running classes. He is involved with fund-raising events and is well on course to achieve his ultimate goal of representing New Zealand at Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
His nomination is sponsored by Trillo Metals.
MOTORSPORT nominee JOHN KENNARD is a world champion.
The experienced Blenheim competitor was co-driver for Hayden Paddon as the duo convincingly won the Production World Rally Championship title, staged over various locations around the world, in 2011 and this year competed in the Super 2000 series.
Kennard's experience is a key factor in Paddon's rise to the top in recent years and during their successful 2011 season, winning the New Zealand round of the series was a major highlight of series which ran in conjunction with the World Rally Championship.
For his efforts, Kennard was inducted into the New Zealand Motorsport Hall of Fame and not surprisingly he won the President's Cup for best competitor at national level as a member of the Marlborough Car Club.
His nomination is sponsored by Owen Brothers Marine Electrical.
HARRIERS nominee RAY WATERS just keeps on keeping on.
The 75 year-old has been a stalwart of the Marlborough Harrier Club for many years and he doesn't just compete, he wins titles.
As well as being a regular competitor at most Marlborough events, he's not shy of competing on the national stage where he's enjoyed plenty of success in his age group.
Over the last judging period, the wily veteran took out the New World Marlborough half marathon title in his age group, doing likewise at the New Zealand Mountain Running Championships and the Hanmer half marathon event.
At the Oceania Games in Tauranga, Waters achieved bronze medals in his age group in the 5000m, cross-country and half marathon races.
His nomination is sponsored by Grapelander.
VAL WADSWORTH is once again the smallbore shooting nominee and continues to perform at a high level on the provincial and national scene.
Wadsworth's major achievement in a year marked by success came when he was selected for the New Zealand side to shoot against the English Home Counties after a impressive performance for the South Island in the inter-island match. Complementing that, he was the master grade and open champion at the Marlborough Closed Champs and Champion of Champions event and runner-up at the Ashley Champs. In May, he was the top individual in the annual DB Seddon Shield match against Nelson and West Coast.
A contributor outside the range for many years, Wadsworth is the Marlborough Smallbore Rifle Association secretary, the RSA club president, a Marlborough selector and the co-coach of the Marlborough Girls' College shooting team.
His nomination is sponsored by Blenheim Engineering Supplies.
CLAY WILSON'S contribution to his chosen sport has been immense over the past 12 months.
The men's hockey nominee captained the Tasman team which finished third equal at the national tournament in Wellington where they were narrowly pipped for a place in the final. He led the Beawai premier men's team to championship honours and, in the season just finished, shone for Arotea Kiwi in the combined Marlborough/Nelson competition.
The versatile midfielder/forward worked tirelessly each game, playing a pivotal role in the success of the teams he played in.
Despite a heavy playing involvement, Wilson was also one of Marlborough's top umpires, officiating at premier and Top of the South club level. His onfield leadership extended off the field as well, being a valuable member of the Hockey Marlborough management board.
His nomination is sponsored by Wallace Diack Accountants.
ROAD cycling nominee CALLUM SAUNDERS carried on from last season's track success, winning a national title on the road.
In September he became the national secondary schools road champion and finished fourth in the time trial and points race. In August he finished third overall in the Cuddon secondary school tour and was the points jersey winner. The multi-talented teen, along with Quinn Karwowski, has been chosen to represent NZ on the track at the Oceania Games in Adelaide this month. He also notched up six fastest times during the Marlborough club season. There is a big future in store for this dedicated trainer.
His nomination is sponsored by Mayfield Motors.
TOUCH nominee KENNY HILL has made a huge contribution to his sport as both a player and a coach during the past 12 months.
The standout touch player from the Marlborough region, Hill captained the Marlborough Boys' College senior side which placed a respectable 15th at the National Secondary Schools Champs and also led the Tasman under-17 mixed team that placed seventh at national tournament. His strong performances at these tournaments earned him a spot in the New Zealand Touch Academy programme.
A dedicated and committed young sportsman, who consistently displays maturity beyond his 17 years, Hill also volunteered his time to coach the Renwick School year eight side and led them to the grade one Marlborough title.
His nomination is sponsored by Blenheim Round Table
REPRESENTING New Zealand and winning gold at the national championships highlighted a stellar year for gymnastics nominee ANNA TEMPERO.
A dual nominee (she's also nominated for athletics) Tempero competed for New Zealand at the Aloha Gymnastics Festival in Hawaii where she performed outstandingly well to win an overall bronze medal up against competitors from the United States, Japan and Australia. In the apparatus events she won gold on the vault and silver on the parallel bars.
In the GI Invitational event she was first overall in level nine and achieved gold on the beam and silver on the floor.
Tempero won several gold medals at the Marlborough, Top of the South, Canterbury and South Island championships throughout a very successful campaign.
Her nomination is sponsored by Wisheart Macnab and Partners
Nominee ABBEY GREENWOOD continues to make a big contribution to Marlborough indoor volleyball, on and off the court.
A Marlborough representative since 1997, Greenwood's major achievement during the past year came when she travelled to Vietnam with the New Zealand women's team for an international tournament. As the team's libero (defensive specialist), she played a prominent role in helping them beat arch-rivals Australia and place seventh overall.
Following that, Greenwood was vice-captain and a standout performer in the Marlborough Redbacks side that placed seventh at the Division One Club Nationals. It was the equal best finish for Redbacks at that tournament and made them the highest-placed South Island team.
A great ambassador for young Marlborough female volleyballers, Greenwood was also the assistant coach of the Marlborough Girls' College senior A team.
Her nomination is sponsored by Fairweathers.
BEACH volleyball nominee MICAH LINDSAY-BROWN has undoubtedly been one of New Zealand's foremost female athletes over the past 12 months. Nationally, Lindsay-Brown won Grand Slam events in Nelson, Mount Maunganui and Karapiro and collected wins at Challenger events in Marlborough, Tasman, Mount Manganui, Hamilton, Auckland and Karapiro.
At international level she and partner Julia Tilley, of Hamilton, won the first stage of Oceania Olympic qualifying in Samoa and were runners-up in the second stage at Mount Maunganui. That saw Lindsay-Brown travel to China and compete in the final Olympic qualifying phase at the Asian Confederation Continental Cup finals.
She finished the season NZ's No 1 ranked female player and won the award for best setter on the NZ International Tour.
Lindsay-Brown has a strong commitment to developing local talent through her coaching and is also a key member of the Marlborough Redbacks indoor team.
Her nomination is sponsored by New World.
Age is no barrier to achieving at international level for tennis nominee JUDY SHANAHAN.
Earlier this year, Shanahan was selected in the four-player New Zealand women's 70-75 years team and in September that team travelled to Croatia to compete in the World Super Senior Championships. The team placed a creditable 11th out of 16 teams and Shanahan chalked up two wins and two losses along the way.
Her selection for the NZ team came about largely because of her other major achievement in the past 12 months. In January, she and Warkworth's Gloria Wilmot won the 70-75 years doubles title at the NZ Seniors Championships.
On top of her on-court performances, Shanahan is the president of the Marlborough club and assists in running the highly successful Drop In Tennis programme for young players on Saturday mornings during summer.
Her nomination is sponsored by Te Whare Ra Wines.
PINGKARAWAT MUANWONG is the Marlborough table tennis nominee following his most successful season in senior ranks.
The 38 year-old took out the men's singles title at the Marlborough closed championships as well as the mixed doubles crown and at the halfway season tournament won the men's singles against the best in the province. He was runner-up in the Marlborough Open B grade event.
Muanwong also represented Marlborough at the South Island championships and in the annual clash against Nelson.
He's been an integral part of the Bamboo Garden A grade club team for the past six seasons, very rarely misses a night of competition and is a very popular member of the table tennis fraternity, never afraid to help out others and play doubles with those of lesser ability when the need arises.
His nomination is sponsored by PinkFit.
SWIMMING nominee SARA GANE continues to realise her huge potential and collects her sport's nomination for the third consecutive year.
A self-driven and determined young athlete who often trains on her own, 14 year-old Gane won a medal of each colour in her specialist breastroke event at the New Zealand Short Course Age Group Champs in October last year. The Blenheim Swim Club and Nelson Marlborough region swimmer of the year also collected the Belsham Trophy, awarded to the Nelson Marlborough swimmer coming closest to the winning time in their event at the NZ Open Champs, for a third year running.
Regionally, Gane won seven golds and one bronze at the Nelson Marlborough winter champs in September and seven golds, four silvers and one bronze medal at the Nelson Marlborough summer champs in February.
As well as being elected the co-captain of the BSC swim team, Gane actively engages with younger club members through the Dive Right In initiative. Her nomination is sponsored by Aaron Davis - Harcourts.
There should be little surprise that, for the fourth straight year, rising star MEGAN CRAIG is the squash nominee.
A hardworking, dedicated and talented young sportswoman, Craig bagged her second and third professional tournaments titles when she won the Tasmanian Open as 6th seed and was also victorious at the Coffs Harbour event, where she was top seed.
In addition to those triumphs, Craig was fourth at the NZ Senior Champs, one better than 2011, and scored the biggest win of her career when she beat the world No 20 on her way to the quarterfinals at the Victorian Open. She also won the Marlborough, Christchurch and Squashways Opens and significantly lifted her world ranking from 123 to 53.
Craig is one of five Squash NZ ambassadors for the year of women's squash.
Her nomination is sponsored by Debbie the Webster.
FULLBORE rifle shooting nominee SAM TEELING earned his sport's nomination thanks to a superb performance for his country at the World Long Range Champs in October last year.
A member of the full national team and the under-25 NZ team for the event in Brisbane, Teeling returned home with one gold and two silver medals for his efforts. His gold medal came in the stage two aggregate, where he won silver in the 1000-yard match and was 16th in the 900-yard match in a field of 370 of the best long range shooters in the world. The second silver medal came in the under-25 1000-yards aggregate.
On top of competing himself, Teeling was the wind coach for the NZ under-25 team which placed fourth in the world.
His nomination is sponsored by Fisher Windows.
JOSEPH TIMMS is badminton's nominee.
Marlborough's top ranked player, the 18 year-old Queen Charlotte College head boy excelled at all levels of competition, narrowly missing national selection.
Timms was runner-up at the New Zealand Junior International under 19 mixed doubles competition and reached the top eight of the mixed doubles at the New Zealand Nationals Open.
He was a member of the Wellington North division one team competing for the Wisden Cup and played in the Marlborough team which contested the national division three championships.
Timms was a standout member of the Queen Charlotte College team which finished runners-up at the South Island Secondary School champs and eighth at the Nationals where he ranked second in the mixed doubles and fourth in the under 19 singles.
His nomination is sponsored by Creek Pottery
Marlborough's highest achieving player in her sport, there in no doubt lofty teenager JAIME CAMPBELL is thoroughly deserving of the basketball nomination.
A key member in both the Marlborough Girls' College senior A side and the Marlborough women's rep team, in April the 18 year-old went to China with the Junior Tall Ferns on their 2 1/2 week tour. Campbell's selection in that team was just reward for many years of dedication and commitment to her sport.
In June, her talents were again recognised when she was included in the Nelson Sparks women's team. That side went on to win the Women's Basketball Championship national league final in August.
Her nomination is sponsored by Habit.
CRICKET nominee JERRYM LAMB has been an outstanding performer at both club and representative level over the past 12 months.
A member of the Celtic club, Lamb hit two centuries during the 2011-12 club season (including a top score of 138) led his side to the Marlborough two-day and one-day titles and was Marlborough senior cricket's leading run-scorer. He was also the leading run-getter for the Marlborough rep side and scored a superb 103 not out in the team's final match of the season against Nelson in March.
Lamb's feats in club cricket saw him win the Marlborough Express Cricketer of the Year trophy, while his all-round contribution saw him take out the Marlborough Cricket Association's player of the year title.
His nomination is sponsored by Mitre 10 Mega.
It's been another season of major achievement for track cycling nominee QUINN KARWOWSKI, highlighted by his selection in the national under 19 track squad.
Karwowski dominated the national track scene in his final junior under 17 year, winning the junior under 17 500m time trial title in record time and earning a nod from the NZ selectors a year earlier than most other riders. He will represent his country at the Oceania Games in Adelaide this month. He also won bronze in the sprint at the nationals and picked up several centre and club titles along the way. His confidence and focus on competition will see him become a dominant force in the future.
His nomination is sponsored by Cuddon Engineering.
Competing for New Zealand highlighted a fine year for endurance and trail riding nominee CHARLOTTE WADSWORTH.
Wadsworth competed against Australia at the South Island Endurance Championships. She was also the National CTR (competitive trail riding) junior champion, Marlborough open CTR highest points scorer, Marlborough junior Rider of the Year, best timed CTR rider at the nationals and in Marlborough, best presented in CTR at Nationals and Marlborough Open CTR distance title winner.
In a demanding sport where so many factors come into play, Wadsworth was a very consistent performer.
She was runner-up in an internationally-rated CEI one star young rider 100km event and at the South Island endurance event won the best conditioned horse title as well as finishing runner-up in the open CTR Horse and Rider of the Year competition for 2011-12.
Her nomination is sponsored by Totalspan
BEING smaller than most of his rivals has been anything but a disadvantage for young men's football nominee TAINE SWETE.
Following on from a successful season with the Marlborough Mariners in 2011, Swete was the captain and outstanding player for the Top of the South, Marlborough division one and Knockout Cup champion Blenheim Valley Development side in 2012. For that reason, he was named the Marlborough division one player of the year and also picked up the Colt of the Year award.
In September, Swete captained the Marlborough men's team which successfully defended the Harris Cup against Nelson.
A fast, strong defender who displays composure beyond his 16 years, he also gives back to Marlborough football in his role as an assistant coach at the Marlborough Federation Talent Centre and holiday programmes.
His nomination in sponsored by Houston Motor group.
She may be a grandmother, but that has not stopped LEIGHANNE JONES from picking up this year's nomination for women's football.
Player/coach of Redwood this season, Jones won the women's league sportsperson of the year award at the 2012 Marlborough Football Awards back in September. However, winning that award was nothing new. Remarkably, it was the 10th time she had collected that trophy, winning it for the first time in 1985 and most recently in 2004.
Also a winner of the women's golden boot trophy, for most goals in a season, on 11 occasions over the years, Jones is someone who can always be seen either watching or playing football.
Her nomination is sponsored by Gilbert Haymes and Associates.
TRIATHLON and multisport athlete SUSIE AVISS has been one of Marlborough's top performers for many years.
The former running star's switch to duathlons has already led to a world title and this year she gained her second podium finish on the world stage, a hard-fought and gritty bronze medal in her age group at the world long course duathlon championships in Switzerland.
Although called a duathlon, the world Championships race was more like an Ironman, comprising a 10km run, 150km cycle and 30km run over testing terrain, the first time she had raced over this distance.
Her running talents came to the fore earlier in the year when she took out the women's title at the New World Marlborough Marathon.
Her nomination is sponsored by Bikefit Marlborough.
Outstanding performances as an umpire have seen MICHELLE STAGG pick up the netball nomination for 2012.
Marlborough's top umpire, Stagg was named in a seven-person NZ Development Squad in November last year and has continued to climb the ranks since.
In April, she was one of two umpires in that squad chosen to attend the Trans-Tasman Secondary Schools Champs in Adelaide and impressed so much with her performances she was chosen to officiate in the tournament final. Most recently, she umpired in the Lion Foundation National Provincial Championships.
The Marlborough Netball Centre Netballer of the Year and recipient of the Umpiring Achievement Award, Stagg shows a high level of commitment to her officiating and is great role model for all netball umpires in the Marlborough region.
Her nomination is sponsored by Subway.
HAYDEN CRIPPS came to Marlborough for the 2012 season hoping to cement a place in the Tasman Makos. By season's end he had started every game in the number 10 jersey. Cripps played his club rugby for Harlequins, helping them to a finals berth with his accomplished all round game.
For Tasman he played with a maturity beyond his 22 years and guided them to a creditable semifinals appearance during his first year at ITM Cup level.
He was also named The Marlborough Express club player of the year, an award recognising consistency throughout the club season.
His nomination is sponsored by the Marlborough Sports Academy.
It has been another year full of success on the national and international stage for young sailing nominee TAYLOR BURN.
Also the sailing nominee last year, when he won the most promising under-21 sportsperson award, Burn made the move up to the double-handed 420 class for the first time this year and joined forces with Tauranga sailor Oscar Rorvik.
After fourth placings at the National Champs and the Grade 1 ISAF Sail Auckland regatta, the duo won the silver fleet and were 37th out of 108 boats at the World Champs in Austria. From there they competed at the Junior European Champs and qualified for the gold fleet, before eventually placing 23rd.
Earlier in the year, Burn was 14th out of 90 in the Australian Laser Radial Champs and 11th out of 90 in the corresponding youth regatta.
His nomination is sponsored by Port Marlborough.
Women's softball nominee HANNAH COOK confirmed her billing as one of Marlborough's up and coming sports stars, continuing the province's trend of producing talented youngsters capable of performing on the top stage.
The versatile teenager highlighted an impressive season with selection in the South Island Southern Pride team which contested the national Fastpitch tournament during which she played every match at either centre, outfield or third base where her speed was a great asset.
Cook performed consistently well at whatever level she played, starring as catcher for the Marlborough senior rep team.
She captained the Marlborough Girls' College and under 17s Upper South Island teams and was voted Marlborough's women softballer of the year for 2011-12.
Her nomination is sponsored by Redwood Tavern.
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