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.
Krystyna Beardman (inline hockey)
The past year was a busy one for Krystyna. In November last year, she ran the international qualifier inline hockey championships in New Plymouth in association with the international governing body leading to New Zealand qualifying for the world championships in Germany. In April, Krystyna continued her administrative roles with New Plymouth hosting the New Zealand versus Oceania series and in nte. In October, she was tournament director for the national inline hockey championships.
Jean Dobbs (rugby/athletics)
Jean joined St John in 1982 when living in the King Country, moving to Inglewood 14 years ago. She recently received a St John serving sister award for outstanding service. She attends all rugby games at the TET Stadium in Inglewood and over during the summer months she helps out at athletics meetings at the track. She also helps out at local school events. Jean spent many hours gibstopping and painting a new building for St John in Inglewood.
Pam Frederickson (badminton)
Pam is the junior co-ordinator for the Taranaki Badminton Association. Her voluntary role includes managing all Taranaki junior teams, spending many weekends away at various tournaments and competitions. She also organises Taranaki junior tournaments and runs the Taranaki junior academy. She runs both the junior and senior clubs in Inglewood and also finds time to be secretary for Jetboating Taranaki, helping organise the Patea River race.
Ray Hopkinson (rugby)
Ray has been nominated by both the Taranaki Rugby Union and the Taranaki Rugby Referees' Association. After taking up refereeing in 1984, Ray joined the executive of the Referees' Association in the late 1980s and was chairman from 2003. From 2007, he has held the dual role of president. He's been on various boards and committees of the union since the early 1990s and is still on the operations committee. Ray, who is in mid-60s, is still an active referee controlling secondary school matches.
Annie Sanderson (orienteering)
Annie co-ordinated the New Zealand secondary school's orienteering championships held in Taranaki in July. The three-day event involved 470 students, with competitors from as far away as Dunedin and Whangarei. She also co-ordinated the Taranaki secondary schools' rogaine champs, the largest event on the TSSSA calendar. She also competes regularly in orienteering and rogaine events.
Kelvin Wackrow (athletics)
Kelvin is the Inglewood Athletic Club's delegate to Taranaki Centre track and field meetings. He spends countless hours helping at track meetings at Inglewood, preparing equipment for club, primary school, secondary school and Taranaki events. Kelvin, who is patron of the Taranaki Athletics Centre, is also a starter at the primary and secondary schools' cross-country races in Hawera and helps out with coaching youngsters.
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