Top award for All Black Beauden Barrett
Taranaki sportsperson of the yearMURRAY HILLS
All Black Beauden Barrett is this year's Taranaki sportsperson of the year.
The 22-year-old won the supreme award at last night's Taranaki Daily News sportsperson of the year function in New Plymouth.
Barrett, who is on the bench for the All Blacks in their final test of the year against Ireland in Dublin on Monday morning, has had a breakthrough year on the international stage.
He hit the ground running, scoring tries in two of the June tests against France, including a last-minute effort in front of a sell-out crowd at Yarrow Stadium.
Barrett also showed a great level of maturity when he came on early as a replacement against South Africa, putting in a match winning performance.
Earlier in the night, Barrett won the Taranaki senior sportsman of the year award.
The overall winner is selected from the winners of the senior man, senior woman, senior team, junior man, junior woman and junior team awards.
"Put me on the spot again this boy," said Robyn Barrett on accepting the award on behalf of her son.
"Beaudy, he wears Taranaki on his sleeve. I know if he was here, he would be thanking the people of Taranaki. He just goes out there and does his best for Taranaki . . . he's a very proud Taranaki boy."
Val McEldowney is this year's Taranaki senior sportswoman of the year.
She scored a stunning win in the New Zealand open women's singles on her home greens at the Paritutu club in New Plymouth.
The win, in the glamour event on the bowls calendar, earned her a spot in the New Zealand team for the world champion of champion singles.
The North Taranaki indoor bowls team won the senior sports team award.
The team made it back-to-back titles in the Welch Trophy - indoor bowls' equivalent of rugby's Ranfurly Shield. North Taranaki had to first win the Paterson Trophy regional competition to qualify, beating five other teams.
At the nationals, North Taranaki led by four points going into the final round, eventually winning by 10.5 from Auckland.
Swimmer Julian Weir is this year's junior sportsman of the year.
Weir has dominated the pool at secondary schools level, while also competing against the country's best open swimmers.
He won gold in the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke at the national schools finals, while he was selected in the national squad for the Australian Youth Olympics. He also broke several Taranaki records.
BMX rider Hannah Sarten won the junior sportswoman award.
Sarten capped a successful year claiming bronze in the junior women's class at the World BMX championships in Auckland earning a world ranking of three.
Among a string of other victories on both sides of the Tasman was a time trial win and second in the racing at the Australia Pro Bike Series at Nerang in Queensland and wins at the pro bike series in Canberra.
Canoeing's Sarah Wilson and Rebecca Cole won the junior sports team of the year award.
Wilson and Cole have had their most successful year racing with four junior national titles in canoe racing as well as a bronze medal in the open women's double ski event.
The pair finished seventh in the K2 junior women's race at the world marathon championships in Copenhagen.
Rugby's Willie Rickards was named coach of the year.
After retiring from representative play in 2013, Rickards made an immediate impact as a coach when he guided the Taranaki sevens team to their first national title since 1982 - two years before he was born.
Written off by most heading into the tournament, given the squad's relative inexperience, Taranaki produced some gutsy play at the business end to claim the title.
Rickards was then in charge of Southern, with the side winning their first-ever Taranaki division one club title.
He also coached the Beijing men's and women's sevens teams.
Golfer Murray Martin won the masters award.
He won the Australian senior men's amateur championship earlier this year and was a member of New Zealand Golf's seniors team which beat Australia in the 2013 Sanctuary Cove Trophy. Martin won all three of his matches in the tournament.
Game official of the year went to surf lifesaving's Warren Clow.
Earlier this year, Clow won the surf official of the year title at the Surf Lifesaving Taranaki awards. He has been an official at all Taranaki carnivals including junior and senior surf events and has also been an official at the central regional champs and the New Zealand champs.
Margaret Putt won the volunteer-administrator award.
She is the junior convener at the Manaia club and is responsible for organising coaching, events and school visits to promote junior golf.
She is also Taranaki Golf's junior convener and managed the Taranaki girls' interprovincial team to events around New Zealand.
Taranaki sportsperson of the year: Beauden Barrett
Taranaki senior sportsman of the year: Beauden Barrett
Taranaki senior sportswoman of the year: Val McEldowney
Taranaki senior sports team of the year: North Taranaki indoor bowls team
Taranaki junior sportsman of the year: Julian Weir
Taranaki junior sportswoman of the year: Hannah Sarten
Taranaki junior sports team of the year: Rebecca Cole and Sarah Wilson
Taranaki coach of the year: Willie Rickards
Taranaki masters of the year: Murray Martin
Taranaki game official of the year: Warren Clow
Taranaki volunteer-administrator: Margaret Putt
- Taranaki Daily News
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