Peeters, Duffy win top school sports awards
Tori Peeters and Jacob Duffy claimed the big prizes at last night's 2012 Southland secondary school sports awards.
In an impressive range of finalists, with many secondary school athletes starring on both the international and national stages, it was Peeters who was judged the senior girls sportsperson of the year, while cricketer Duffy was honoured as the senior boys sportsperson of the year.
Peeters had an outstanding year both throwing the javelin on the athletics field, and playing on the netball court as well.
She won gold in the women's under-20 javelin at the Oceania Championships in Cairns and also gold in the open women's javelin.
She picked up a silver medal as well at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships.
Nationally, she was named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics paper team and won gold at the New Zealand secondary schools track and field championships in the under-20 and senior women's javelin. Regionally, she was named Southland thrower of the year and was joint winner of the Southland athlete of the year.
In netball she was selected in the South Island secondary schools tournament team.
The judges chose to honour other finalists Greer Alsop and Kristen Froude with highly commended awards.
Duffy - who was a finalist last year in the senior boys section - was a standout in this year's award.
He was selected for the New Zealand under-19 team to play at Townsville in a Quadrangular Tournament against Australia, India and England.
From there, he was selected to play in the under-19 world cup, at which he played five of six games and took eight wickets.
Leading into the event, the International Cricket Council named him one of the top five players of the tournament to look out for in the future.
Earlier this year he was called into the Otago Volts squad and played in a Twenty20 fixture, becoming the 10th youngest person to play in a first-class game for Otago.
In August, the Otago Volts offered him a fulltime contract for the 2012-13 season.
On top of his cricketing achievements, the Southland Boys' High School pupil also found time to play basketball and was named the Southland secondary schools league's senior boys most valuable player.
Another Southland Boys' High School pupil, cyclist Joshua Carpenter, was crowned junior boys sportsperson of the year.
Carpenter won the time trial in the under-15 age group at the New Zealand championships and also picked up bronze in the derby. At the New Zealand road cycling championships he was sixth in the time trial.
Table tennis player Michael Zhang received a highly commended award.
In the junior girls sportsperson of the year category, skier Elizabeth Reid was crowned the winner. Reid was a member of the Snow Sports New Zealand team (K2 national youth team) that competed and trained in Europe.
At the North America Whistler Cup National Points FIS competition she was placed 11th, 14th and 17th and at the Swiss National Points Race she won the giant slalom. She is New Zealand (K2 girls) champion in slalom, giant slalom and super G.
Two important awards were also given out last night highlighting the dedication that many young Southlanders have to sport.
The contribution award, which honours those who put a lot of time into sport, particularly in coaching and general administration, was won by Lydia Ward.
Georgina Lindsay and Laura Buckingham were named joint winners of the participation award for their involvement in several sports.
- The Southland Times