Sportsperson of Year: Masters
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.
Andrea Bunn (kayaking)
The highlight of Andrea’s year was winning the women’s 35-44 K1 title over 25km at the world marathon kayak championships in Rome in September. Nationally, the three-time Olympian had an outstanding year winning both the women’s open and masters titles at the marathon championships in Wellington in April. She won both titles in the Waitara River 10km race in July and finished fifth in the open race against the men. In August, she won the women’s open and masters titles at the New Zealand 10km championships. Peter McNeice (tennis).
Peter is club captain for Taranaki Seniors Tennis and has gained great success in organising and running the Taranaki Masters Games tennis event and also the annual New Zealand-wide tournament. Both were held at the Rotokare courts in New Plymouth. He made the final in his age group at the nationals, but he and his partner lost in a tiebreak. He was selected to play for New Zealand in the ITF Super seniors tournament in Croatia.
Des Phillips (athletics)
Des has won a swag of national, regional and provincial titles on the track over the last 12 months, as well as performing well at the Oceania Masters in Tauranga. He won silver in the high jump and bronze in the 100m hurdles in his age group at the Oceanias, as well as recording a personal best in the 800m. At the New Zealand champs he won five golds and two silvers. He also set three Taranaki records and is waiting for a fourth to be confirmed.
Tanya Riddick (badminton)
Tanya has had another successful year, winning four out of five events she entered at the New Zealand Masters. She won gold in the 40plus doubles, 45plus singles, 45plus doubles and 45plus mixed doubles. She also played for the Taranaki senior team winning seven of her eight singles matches, won all her doubles and six of her eight mixed doubles. Tanya was also in the Taranaki team which won promotion to division three and played for the Taranaki masters one team.