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 sportswoman, junior sportswoman, volunteer-administrator, and masters awards. The guest speaker for this year's awards night at the Plymouth International Hotel is former New Zealand Hockey representative hockey player Barry Maister.
Joy Baker (triathlon)
Last November, Joy finished third in her age group, women's 6-64 years, at the World ITU standard distance triathlon event in Beijing, China. Last month, she finished third in the same age group at the world age group triathlon championships in Auckland competing over the Olympic distance. She won a number of age group duathlon, triathlon and half ironman races in New Zealand, along with a string of track and field athletic titles. At the masters cycling, she finished third in the time trial in her age group.
Ayla Dunlop-Barrett (surf lifesaving)
Ayla represented New Zealand at the German Cup event last November. At the New Zealand surf lifesaving championships at Midway Beach, Ayla won the open women's tube rescue, finished second in the board race and third in both the surf race and the run, swim, run. At the Australian champs, she won the tube rescue and was third in the surf teams' event. She was also a member of the Taranaki team which won the interdistrict open Surf League title for the fourth consecutive year.
Paige Hareb (surfing)
Paige is currently ranked 10th in the world and performed well this year to requalify for the ASP World Tour. It will be Paige's fifth straight year on the pro circuit, dubbed the Dream Tour. This is a first for any surfer - male or female - in New Zealand. Her best result in 2012 was a third in Taranaki when she made the semifinals only to lose to the eventual winner, Australian Stephanie Gilmour. Paige made two finals in the qualifying series, one in France and the other in the United States.
Victoria Hill (BMX)
Victoria is the current elite No 1 women's rider in New Zealand. She gained the ranking at the New Zealand BMX championships in Rotorua this year. At the same event, she also won the elite women's supercross title. Victoria was also a member of the Taranaki Trojans basketball team which finished sixth in the national women's competition this year. At a BMX supercross event in Papendal, Holland, Victoria finished 25th riding against the world's best riders.
Jane Parker (netball)
Jane plays a lot of indoor netball and plays for the Taranaki women's team and Raukura in the Taranaki premier one competition with considerable distinction. This year, she was rewarded with selection in the New Zealand mixed outdoor team which played Australia in the transtasman series in Auckland last month.
Terai Sadler (basketball)
Terai was the leading points scorer for the Taranaki Trojans basketball team in the national women's competition. She scored 224 points, averaging 16 per game. She averaged seven rebounds and four assists per game. She helped Taranaki to sixth in the competition. In her rookie year playing college basketball in the United States at NJCAA Crowder College, she played 31 games averaging 8.61 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. She was second in points with 307 and second in rebounds with 235 in total.
Penny Stark (hockey)
Penny has been selected to represent New Zealand Maori at the annual hockey tournament held in Fiji in December. Penny was selected in the team after playing in the national Maori tournament in October. She captained the Taranaki women's team at the nationals in Wellington this year where the team finished fourth. She was also a member of the Taranaki women's team when competed in the Central competition and led Stratford to victory in the Taranaki club competition.
Jamie Te Pau Konui (netball)
Jamie captained the Taranaki indoor team which finished second at the national championships, an even more remarkable feat when you consider she was also the team's player-coach. She was named MVP at the tournament and selected in the New Zealand team. Jamie plays for Raukura in the Taranaki premier one competition.
Thandi Tipene (surfing)
The current Open New Zealand women's champion, Thandi was second on the New Zealand circuit and finished fourth in the trials for the prestigious ASP Tour. The Taranaki surfing champion also competed in the world qualifying Swatch girls' pro France finishing 44th. At the world indigenous champs in Tahiti she finished fifth.
Charlotte Webby (swimming)
Charlotte is ranked in the top 40 long distance swimmers in the world. In June, she finished 27th in the Fina 10km Olympic qualifier, and in October, she finished 14th in the Hong Kong 10km World Cup event. Nationally she has a lot of success, winning gold in the 200m butterfly at the New Zealand Open champs, along with wins in the Ocean Series at Mt Maunganui finishing second overall in the series. She also won the Russell to Paihia ocean swim.
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