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Finalists announced for the 50th BOP Sports Awards

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Local community volunteers and international sport stars are among the near 80 finalists of the 2018 Bay of Plenty Sports Awards hosted by Sport Bay of Plenty.

Celebrating 50 years, the Bay of Plenty Sports Awards has a long and prestigious history in the region, and recognises all aspects of sports from local clubs and volunteers right through to individual athletes at the top of their sporting careers.

Over 120 nominations were received for 18 award categories, which include the top honours of Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year.


Among the individual finalists for 2018 are Commonwealth Games gold medallists Michaela Blyde and Scott Curry from Rugby Sevens, Black Sticks gold medallist Samantha Charlton, three times Olympic gold medallist Lisa Carrington, triathlete Sam Osborne and cricketer Kane Williamson.

Teams include brothers Sam and Ben O’Dea who took home bronze in beach volleyball at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, New Zealand surf lifesaving champions the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service Open Men’s surf team and secondary school teams for volleyball, football, motocross and underwater hockey.

In the categories of Official and Coach of the Year, finalists include Kelly Hudson (hockey), Greg Rieger (surf lifesaving) and Glen Jackson (rugby), and coaches Allan Bunting (rugby sevens), and Chris Willett (triathlon).

Finalists and winners for the Service to Sport and Secondary School Service to Sport awards, which recognise individuals for their significant contribution to sport or school sport, will be announced on the night.

Sport Bay of Plenty sport manager Nick Chambers said the calibre of this year’s nominations made it difficult for the judges to chooses finalists.

“The Bay of Plenty has a great tradition of sporting excellence, and year on year that’s reflected in the Sports Awards nominations. This year is no exception.

“50 years on from the first Sports Awards in 1969 there’s still a depth of talent coming out of our region, from athletes competing on the world stage, to avid supporters working behind the scenes to help their local club.”

Chambers also noted nominations came in from across the region, and for a range of sports including rugby, basketball, synchronised swimming, surf lifesaving and hockey.

“The awards are a celebration of all people involved in sport, and recognise the wide-variety of sporting codes throughout the Bay of Plenty.

“On behalf of Sport Bay of Plenty, thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination, and congratulations to all nominees and finalists.”

The 50th Bay of Plenty Sports Awards will be held on Friday 16 November at ASB Arena in Tauranga. Tickets are on sale at

Full list of finalists:

Bayleys Sportsman of the Year:
Mike Dawson - Canoe Slalom
Joseph Miller - Athletics
Sam Osborne - Triathlon
Scott Curry Rugby - Sevens
Kane Williamson - Cricket

Holland Beckett Law Sportswoman of the Year:
Kelly Brazier - Rugby/Rugby Sevens
Michaela Blyde - Rugby/Rugby Sevens
Sam Charlton - Hockey
Amanda Landers-Murphy - Squash
Lisa Carrington -Kayaking

BayTrust Coach of the Year:
Allan Bunting - Rugby Sevens
Chris Willett - Triathlon/Multisport
Craig Kirkwood - Triathlon
Mary Jane Araroa -Netball

Advocate Print Official of the Year:
Glen Jackson - Rugby
Greg Rieger - Surf Lifesaving
Kelly Hudson - Hockey
Sarah Garnett - Hockey

University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance Team of the Year:
O'Dea Brothers Beach - Volleyball
Mount Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service - Surf Lifesaving
Ngongotaha Premiers - Netball

NZ Community Trust Junior Team of the Year
Bay of Plenty Rugby U18 Girls' - Team Rugby
Bay of Plenty Rugby U19 Boys' - Team Rugby
Whakatāne Surf Lifesaving U19 Girls' Team - Surf Lifesaving
Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service U19 Boys' Team - Surf Lifesaving

Vodafone Junior Sportsman of the Year:
Brendon Berg - Triathlon
Hamish Miller - Surf Lifesaving
Hayden Wilde - Triathlon
Kaleb Trask - Rugby

Eves Realty Junior Sportswoman of the Year:
Courtney Williams - Canoe Slalom
Eva Morris - Synchronised Swimming
Frances Davies - Hockey
Libby Bradley - Surf Lifesaving
Veerle Ten Have - Sailing

Ebbett Tauranga Club of the Year:
Avenues Badminton Club - Badminton
Geyser City Cricket Club - Cricket
Mount Maunganui Tennis - Club Tennis
Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service - Surf Lifesaving
Otumoetai Football Club - Football
Ruatoki Sport and Cultural Club - Rugby/Netball

YMCA Open Service to Sport:
Embargoed until Sports Awards evening

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Secondary School Sportswoman of the Year:
Frances Lloyd - Taekwondo - Tauranga Girls' College
Khiarna Willaims - Netball - Trident High School
Eden Worsley - Synchronised Swimming - Bethlehem College
Elin Tawharu - Surfing - Mount Maunganui College
Kyra Mita - Waka Ama / White Water Rafting - Rotorua Lakes High School
Gemma Baldey - Cross Country/Surf Lifesaving - Whakatāne High School

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Secondary School Sportsman of the Year:
Samuel Tanner - Athletics/Surfing/Cross Country - Bethlehem College
Lachlan Haycock - Triathlon - Tauranga Boys' College
Bae Fountain Water - Polo - Mount Maunganui College
Hemaia Tauroa-Apete - Volleyball - Western Heights High School
Brodie Connolly - Motocross - Tauranga Boys' College

Donelley Sawmillers Secondary School Coach of the Year:
Paora Morrison - Volleyball - Western Heights High School
Kenrick Knowlson - Underwater Hockey - Tauranga Boys' College
Duncan By De Lye - Rowing - Tauranga Girls' College
Andrew Ede - Rowing - Tauranga Girls' College

Bay Office Products Depot Secondary School Boys' Team of the Year:
Western Heights High School - Senior Volleyball
Rotorua Boys High - Touch
Tauranga Boys' College - Motocross
Tauranga Boys' College Underwater - Hockey

Bay Cardiology Secondary School Girls' Team of the Year:
Otumoetai College - Volleyball
Otumoetai College - Football
Tauranga Girls' College - Rowing

Aurecon Secondary School Student Contribution to Sport:
Daniel O'Connor - Hockey
Tamatea Bennett Basketball - Tauranga Boys' College
Darcy Hika-Munroe Basketball - Te Whare Kura O Mauao
Alex Poupoasa Basketball - Tauranga Girls' College

BOP Principals Association Secondary School Service to Sport:
- Embargoed until Sports Awards evening

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