I must apologise, it’s been a long time between posts. As much as I love doing this, family stuff needs to come first, and family stuff has been a little intense over the last week or so! You can expect a few more posts this week to make up for my absence.
Last Thursday night, I was at the South Auckland forum, which was a great meeting of different community groups that are at work in South Auckland. Check ‘em out when you’ve got a minute – Pillars, Strive Community Trust, Computers in Homes, Rainbow Youth and the Child Poverty Action Group were just some of them. Special mention to Teisa Semisi from St. Anne’s Primary School, who gave her prize-winning speech on why she loves South Auckland – great work, and great to meet you, Teisa!
While all that was going on, over at the Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre, the Counties Manukau Sports Awards were happening!
The Manukau Courier has a pretty good run down of the events, so there’s not much need for me to repeat what they’ve already said.
There’s a great big picture of Valerie Adams on the cover of today’s issue, so if you get the Courier delivered, check your mailbox, or otherwise, read it online, and check out photos at Auckland Sports Photography.
A quick run down of the winners though, because I really want to acknowledge them! Here they are…
Junior Sportswoman of the Year
Discus thrower Siositina Hakeai
Junior Sportsman of the Year
Boxer Patrick Mailata
Junior Team of the Year
Manukau Outrigger J19 Men
Administrator of the Year
John Robinson from Counties Manukau Orienteering
Earl Crowley from Pakuranga Athletic Club
Referee/Umpire/Official of the Year
Football referee Jan-Hendrik Hintz
Southern Districts Hockey Club
Coach of the Year
Counties Manukau Rugby coach Tana Umaga
Top Team of the Year
Rowers Kelsey Bevan & Kayla Pratt
Sportswoman of the Year
Shot putter (and gold medalist) Valerie Adams
Sportsman of the Year
All Black Keven Mealamu
And the big one, the overall Sporting Excellence Award
Picking the winners of some of these must have been so hard – in my opinion, many of the nominees (especially in the juniors) deserved recognition, but of course there can only be one winner. A great big congratulations to all those nominated, and the award winners on the day.
You guys are awesome.