A year through the lens: Nelson Mail's best sports photographs of 2016
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Nelson representative bowler Abidine Sakande pictured during training at Victory Square.
Under immense pressure from Cashmere Technical players, Nelson Suburbs goalkeeper Coey Turipa punches away the ball from a corner kick.
Richmond School celebrate winning the final against Nayland in the Simon Mannering Cup, Primary Schools Rugby League tournament at Tahunanui Playing Fields.
Tasman Makos fullback Mitchell Hunt is hit hard by the Northland defence during their Mitre 10 Cup match at Trafalgar Park.
Kayakers race down the Matakitaki River on day one of the Buller Festival.
Simon Mardon wins his fight during Fight 4 Victory at the Trafalgar Centre.
FC Nelson junior player Leo Jeffree walks the ball out ahead of the Stirling Sports Premiership match between Tasman United and Waitakere United.
Action from the rain-soaked Tasman Rugby League game between the Tahunanui Tigers and the Wairau Taniwha.
Nelson College First XI captain LaBu Pan scored an outrageous bicycle kick goal during the Jill Heath Memorial Cup football game against Nayland College.
Liam Jackson takes a tumble during the third round of the Mountainbike New Zealand Cup downhill series at Kaka in Nelson.
Tasman United players Briar Luff and Tiana Williams celebrate a goal during their 3-2 win over Waimakariri United in the Mainland Women's Premier League.
Year seven and eight girls hit the water at the Andrew Jones Memorial Triathlon at Rabbit Island.
Flooded fields, mountainbike crashes, charity boxing punches and moments of pure joy. Check out the Nelson Mail's sports photographs of 2016.
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Year seven and eight girls hit the water at the Andrew Jones Memorial Triathlon.