Manawatu Guardian - 2021-11-25


Two win Manawatu¯ Secondary School Sportwoman of Year


The judges of the Manawatu¯ Secondary School Sports Awards could not decide on one name for Sportswoman of the Year so this year there are two winners. Miniah Summerell is head girl at Manawatu¯ College and has been weightlifting for four years. She won her weight division at NZ Secondary Schools Weightlifting Championships, North Island Weightlifting Championships, and New Zealand National Championships, as well as breaking several New Zealand records along the way. Stephanie McNair is a small bore rifle shooter and shot for many New Zealand open, women, and junior teams in 2020 and 2021. The Palmerston North Girls’ High School student is in the top open grades for both indoor and outdoor competitions competing with all ages. The awards ceremony on November 10 celebrated more than 140 athletes from 41 sporting codes. The judges were Angela Armstrong-Lush, Jacob Oram and David King. Sportsman of the Year is Angus Lyver, a student at Palmerston North Boys’ High School. The 17-year-old competes at national level in both athletics and cricket. He has one of the top rankings in the country for his age grade in 200m, long jump, javelin, and 4x100m relay team. Angus is also a member of the NZ Cricket U19 World Cup wider training squad, and fast bowling training camp. Volunteer of the Year is Katja Franzmayr for artistic roller skating. The Girls’ High School student has been skating since 2011 and for the past few years she has been volunteering for national and regional competitions, and the Manawatu¯ Skating Club. She has run roller discos and private skating groups, along with helping run the club’s social media accounts. Katja is also the youngest member on the Manawatu¯ Skating Club committee. Official of the Year (Female) is Neriah Kaihe-Woolston, of Girls’ High School. In 2020, Neriah was awarded her Netball New Zealand C umpires badge — the second youngest ever to be awarded this badge. She was the only person in Manawatu¯ to be selected for the Netball Central Zone Umpires Development Squad in 2020. Official of the Year (Male) is Sam McFadzean, of Boys’ High School. Sam referees at a local level across all basketball leagues up to men’s premier grade as well as refereeing in the wider Wellington region including secondary school premier games. In August, Sam refereed at the under 23 nationals, which is the final accreditation before a national league selection, as well as refereeing at under 19 nationals and under 17 nationals. In 2020, Sam refereed at the Australian Basketball Country Cup at the under 16 grade in Albury, featuring teams from non-metropolitan Australia, as well as New Zealand and Fiji. Team of the Year is St Peter’s College Senior Open Canoe Polo Team. In 2021, the team won backto-back titles in the NZ Secondary Schools Championships. The team won in 2020, as a team of year 12s, and then came back in 2021 to defend their title in an undefeated run, winning the final 8-2.


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