North Otago talent recognised at awards

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Plenty of Oamaru pupils and teachers have been shortlisted for Aoraki secondary school sports awards.

The awards will be held in Timaru tonight.

It is some achievement just to be named a finalist as each category recognises just three top performers from the entire Aoraki region, which includes Mt Hutt, Ashburton, Timaru, Temuka, Waimate, Geraldine and Oamaru.

Outstanding sprinter Schuyler Orr, rising basketballer Nale Fifita, touch star Logan Wilson, North Otago cricketer Scott Kitto (also nominated for contribution to sport and outstanding official), rowing champion James Scott, South Island mountain biking champion Luke Hayman and powerhouse rugby prop Peter Armstrong highlight the clutch of Waitaki Boys’ High School finalists.

The school’s other pupils to feature are Blake Wilson (badminton), Jack Price (bowls), Liam Poole (bowls), Mason James (cricket), Izaak Tauwhare (darts), Jacob Takuira-Mita (fencing), Blain Hamilton (motocross), Ethan Wilson (sailing and squash), Robbie Kinnaird (smallbore), Joshua Eastwood (softball), Connor Bolitho (squash), Micah Hayes (swimming), Luke Paisley (trap shooting) and Stuart Beattie (Western horse riding), while Elizabeth Prentice has been included in the staff contribution category.

New Zealand touch representative Brylee More (also all-rounder category), swimming sisters Tiana and Iessha Mansfield, rugby and touch star Ben McCarthy, talented cricketer Amber Cunningham and no fewer than three trap shooters (Anna Craig, Corbyn Hocken and Clark Ewing) are among the St Kevin’s College finalists.

The school also supplies Georgia Vickers (contribution to sport), Max Yanzick (cross-country), Caitlin Middlemiss (gymnastics), Zach Dickie (hockey), Logan Docherty (rowing), Bree Louden (squash) and Justin Fowler (staff contribution).

Netball prodigy Taneisha Fifita, rugby dynamo Cheyenne Cunningham, Southern hockey representative Sarah McIntosh and pocket rocket Jasmine Hunter (touch and all-rounder) feature in the Waitaki Girls’ High School finalists.

Kayla Sutherland (badminton), Xiaoyu Chen (badminton), Paige Hardwick (equestrian), Ashley Braxton (gymnastics), Di Roberts (staff contribution) and Georgie Salter (coach) are the other Waitaki Girls’ finalists.