Sportsperson of Year: Senior sportsman
The Taranaki Daily News Sportsperson of the Year awards will be held in New Plymouth on Friday, November 23. Today, we feature the nominees for the senior sportsman, junior sportsman, coach, and game official awards. The guest speaker for this year's awards night at the Plymouth International Hotel is former New Zealand representative hockey player Barry Maister.
Beauden Barrett (rugby)
Beauden is Taranaki's latest All Black making his debut against Ireland in Hamilton in June. The talented Hurricanes first five-eighth kicked three conversions and a penalty goal in the All Blacks 60-0 win. His second test cap was against Argentina, coming on for the final four minutes of the Rugby Championship match. He scored 51 points in Taranaki's opening two NPC matches this year, then missed the seven games because of All Black duties, going to Argentina as cover for Daniel Carter. Beauden returned for the final two games of the season. He has been named in the All Blacks squad for the end of year tour to the UK.
Grant Boyde (hockey)
Grant was the fourth top goal scorer at the International Masters Hockey World Cup event at Canterbury, England, in August. The New Zealand team finished sixth in the eight-team competition. With Taranaki not fielding a team in the New Zealand masters tournament in March, Grant put himself on the transfer list and was snapped up by Wellington. At club level, Grant is player-coach for the Stratford men's side. He is also on the management committee for the Stratford Turf and umpires games at all levels including club, interschool and age group tournaments.
Matt Cameron (BMX)
Matt is the current elite men's NZ no 1 ranked BMX rider which he gained at this year's national championships. He is also the elite men's supercross NZ No 1 rider. Matt competed in two BMXZ supercross events this year in Holland where he placed 25th and in Canada where he finished 15th, narrowly missing selection for the Olympics. Matt works fulltime and spends a lot of his spare time at the New Plymouth BMZ track coaching and mentoring younger riders.
Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (swimming)
Dunlop-Barrett was a member of the 4x200m team that took seven seconds off the New Zealand record and made the qualifying time for the London Olympics. At the Olympics, the New Zealand team finished 15th. Dunlop-Barrett had an outstanding year in the pool, gaining a silver in the 400m freestyle and a bronze in the 200m freestyle at the New Zealand Open and Olympic trials. Competing for Taranaki, he claimed bronze in the 200m freestyle at the New Zealand short course championships. Dunlop-Barrett is training at the Millennium High-Performance Centre in Auckland.
Andrew Hore (rugby)
Andrew Hore was the only Taranaki in the World Cup winning All Blacks squad and has been with the All Blacks again this year. He captained the All Blacks in the World Cup against Canada. After a busy Super Rugby season with the Highlanders, All Black duties restricted Andrew's appearances for Taranaki to just over 30 minutes in the amber and blacks 49-40 Ranfurly Shield win over Tasman. He was recently named captain of the Highlanders for 2013. Andrew has been named in the All Blacks squad for the end of year tour to the UK.
Shane Jordan (woodchopping)
Shane was captain of the New Zealand four-man woodchopping team which won the world title in Norway earlier this year. He competed in a number of international competitions with success, winning eight titles at various events in Australia. He won the world title for the 375mm underhand event in Christchurch and was second in the world 375mm standing event in Hamilton. At the Golden Axe event in Tokoroa, he won two titles and did the same at a tournament in Paeroa.
Grant L'Ami (indoor bowls)
Grant was a member of the champion North Taranaki team which won the Welch Trophy in September and was selected in the New Zealand side to play Australia. The Merrilands club bowler has had an outstanding year with numerous club, provincial and national titles. He won the North Taranaki champion of champions singles title and went on to finish second at the national playoffs. He was a member of the champion triples title at the nationals and skipped a number of teams to Taranaki titles.