Taking it to the top

From the left: winner of the Brian Maunsell Memorial Service to Sport, hockey player Mervyn Bint; the Maungaturoto men’s triples team David Eades, Kevin Robinson and Wayne Wrack; Conbrio Technology sales director Geoff Henry; the Steinlager Pure Sportswoman of the Year, hockey player Stacy Michelsen; Dave Keen, who collected awards on behalf of yachtsman Blair Tuke, who received Sportsman of the Year and was the Conbrio Supreme Award winner; and the winner of the Garry Frew Memorial Award — Junior Sportsperson of the Year for karate, Teuarangi Tana

Kaipara locals took away four wins at the 2017 Conbrio Northland Sports Awards recently.

The Dudley and Dennis team of the year went to the Maungaturoto men’s triples lawn bowls team, made up of David Eades, Kevin Robinson and Wayne Wrack. Their achievements this year include winning seven gold and five world titles between them at the World Masters, and winning the New Zealand men’s triples title, making them the first players in the 91-year history of the Northland Bowling Centre, to win a national award. Wayne Wrack also won the code award for lawn bowls.

“It was a magnificent evening. I’m quite in awe of what I’ve achieved, because when you get to my age, and it’s taken me 43 years to achieve something that no one in the history of Northland has achieved, you wonder what’s happening. We just kept winning this year, which is hard case really,” said Wayne Wrack. 

The Pacific Motor Group official of the year went to Dargaville swimming official, Carlrine Gillespie. 

Her achievements include being the international technical official at the FINA World Swimming Champs and a New Zealand delegate at the FINA Technical Congress Swimming, both in Budapest this year. She also holds a World Para Swimming level four technical official qualification, making her the only swim official in the country to have one. 

Lisa Zwaans, also from Dargaville, won a code award for archery. Her achievements this year include winning four gold medals at the World Masters, being the top adult female in the unlimited section at the New Zealand Field Archery Association competition, and receiving a bronze medal at the World Bowhunter Champs in Italy.


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