Central Otago Sports Awards
The finalists have been announced for 2014 Central Otago Sports Awards with a strong field of athletes vying for top honours.
Awards co-ordinator Bill Godsall said the senior sportsman and senior sportswoman categories, in particular, featured some top-quality finalists, including top multisport athlete Braden Currie, for the men's category, along with world champion paddle boarder Annabel Anderson, from Wanaka, and 2013 Xterra World Champion triathlete Nicky Samuels, from Wanaka for the senior sportswoman category.
Samuels was last year's supreme award winner.
While triathlon, multisport and cycling were well-represented in the list of finalists, Mr Godsall said it was good to see other sports represented, such as skeleton racing, BMX racing and paddle boarding.
The junior sportsman category received the most nominations, including top young Queenstown triathlete Fynn Thompson and last year's junior sportsman winner, cyclist Liam Aitcheson, from Alexandra.
Another winner from last year, cyclist Sophie Williamson, from Alexandra is a finalist in the junior sportswoman category, which also features Wanaka karate kid Holly Wigg.
Last year's coach of the year, multisport coach Val Burke, from Wanaka, is again a finalist in the coach of the year category.
A services to sport award will be presented to Alexandra woman Margaret Bennie for her services to netball.
The House of Travel-sponsored 2014 Central Otago Sports Awards will be held at the Golden Gate Lodge on April 11.
Tickets are available by contacting Bill Godsall.
The Southland Times