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.
Rebecca Cole (canoe racing)
After four seconds at the New Zealand sprint canoe championships, Rebecca was selected in the New Zealand team to compete at the Oceania championships. In Sydney, she won the under-19 K4 500m and the under-19 K1 500m. She was selected in a New Zealand team to tour Europe and raced in the Czech Republic nationals finishing first in the under-19 K4 500m and the under-19 K2 500m. At the New Zealand 10km kayak champs, she won the under-19 title and was first in the 10km series. She also won a number of surf lifesaving titles with Taranaki.
Olivia Eaton (surf lifesaving)
Olivia won two golds at the New Zealand surf lifesaving championships at Midway Beach in Gisborne. She won the under-16 girls' beach sprint and was in the team which won the under-19 beach sprint relay. She finished third in the under-16 beach flags. At the Australian champs, Olivia finished fifth in the under-16 beach sprint and seventh in the beach flags. She won the under-14 beach sprint at the Oceans 12 event at Mt Maunganui last February and won two golds at the Surf League champs as a member of the Taranaki under-14 team.
Laura Fleming (hockey)
Laura captained the Sacred Heart Girls' College first XI which finished second in the Taranaki secondary schools' A grade league. At the te Toa tournament for Sisters of the Mission schools, Sacred Heart finished third and they were fourth at the national secondary schools' tournament for the Eveline Hankers memorial Trophy. She was a member of the Northern United Black senior women's team which finished second in the Taranaki club competition and was fourth at the nationals with the Taranaki team.
Morgan Haakma (wakeboarding)
Morgan had an outstanding year competing nationally as there is no provincial competition. She was first in the Auckland open junior girls' competition and second junior overall. She also won the intermediate girls' title at the Mastercraft Boards n BBQ's groms and the junior girls' title at the North Island champs. At the New Zealand champs, she won the junior girls' division. In late 2011, she picked up wins in the junior girls' events at both the North Island and New Zealand champs.
Anna Hinton (equestrian)
Anna specialises in eventing - dressage, cross-country and show jumping. She had various placings at the 2012 Horse of the Year event and was a member of the Taranaki showjumping team which finished fourth at the Horse of the Year. She was first in class for showjumping at the NZPCA North Island and first at the NZPCA horse trials champs - A1 for 17 to 19-year-olds. Anna was also first at the A1 secondary schools' New Zealand Pony Club horse trials teams' championship. She is also in four senior girls' A teams at Spotswood College.
Zoe Hobbs (athletics)
Zoe has been outstanding on the track over the last year. She won two golds (200m and triple jump) and two silvers (100m and long jump) at the New Zealand secondary schools' champs. At the New Zealand under-17 champs, she won three medals and at the North Island interprovincial champs won three golds in the 14 years division. The golden haul continued at the North Island Colgate Games with three golds and a bronze, with a similar haul at the North Island secondary schools' champs competing in the intermediate girls' division.
Monique Hornby (basketball)
Monique has been a team member and co-captain of the New Plymouth Girls' High School senior A Hawks basketball team this year which won the secondary schools' Monday night league. They also won the Wednesday night women's league, the Western Heights secondary schools' tournament, won the Cath Davis Memorial tournament and finished first at the regionals. She was in the New Plymouth under-19 and was selected in the New Zealand under-19 team which toured Australia. Monique was also chosen in the Future Champions programme this year.
Olivia Macdonald (volleyball)
The year 12 New Plymouth Girls' High School volleyballer was selected in the New Zealand under-17 side and helped the Kiwi girls place second after pool play. Tournament rules at the Australian junior volleyball champs dictate only Australian teams could compete for medals. She was named MVP in the New Zealand under-17 team and named in the New Zealand women's training squad for 2013. Olivia was captain of the Taranaki under-19 team this year.
Celeste McLean (golf)
Celeste was the Taranaki women's golf order of merit winner in 2011 and plays for both the senior and junior rep teams. She holds the course record at Manaia, shooting a 66 and was the women's winner of the Waimate Plains tournament. Celeste, who plays off a 2.3 handicap, is a member of the Future Champions 2012 programme. At the New Zealand under-19 champs, Celeste finished seventh overall and second overall in the under-17 age group. She captained the Taranaki Booth Shield junior rep team.
Lauren Terrill (mounted games)
Lauren had her best-ever year competing in mounted games, an extreme equestrian sport where riders vault on and off ponies at full speed. She finished fourth overall in the individual under-17 championship at the Horse of the Year and her team RD1 Abracadabra successfully retained their title by winning the junior under-17 national teams' championship. At the national pairs competition, she finished third. Lauren is a current member of the New Zealand development squad and was a member of the New Zealand side which finished second in the Southern Hemisphere champs in Melbourne.
Georgia Watt (indoor bowls)
At the indoor nationals in Invercargill, Georgia was selected to play for the North Island Academy team in the fours. The northern side won the Sam Henderson Memorial Trophy. With Chenaye Fels, Georgia represented Hawera High School at the national outdoor secondary schools' champs in the pairs after winning the regional and zone playoffs. They finished seventh in the 12-team competition. She won numerous Taranaki and North Taranaki junior titles and finished third in the Taranaki open singles - the best of any woman in the event.
Catherine West (dressage)
Catherine was third overall in level four at the New Zealand Horse of the Year Show. At the Dressage nationals, she finished fifth overall in level 2 and level 4 and was selected in the New Zealand young rider development squad for the fourth consecutive year. At the New Zealand young rider awards, she took first and second placings. Catherine was also the Central Districts level two champion, the winter series champion and the level three reserve champion. She also won events in Wellington, Wairarapa, Taihape and Southern Hawke's Bay, along with a number of North Island titles.
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