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Supreme Winner Announced

Friday, November 22, 2013

Supreme Winner Announced

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic 2013 Bay of Plenty Sports Awards

Undefeated champion continues his success!

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Peter Burling, World Champion sailor in the 49er class received the prestigious Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Supreme Award at the annual Bay of Plenty Polytechnic 2013 Bay of Plenty Sports Awards last night. Presented by Sport Bay of Plenty, the 2013 Bay of Plenty Sports Awards were once again a superb gala evening held in the ASB Arena at Bay Park bringing the region together to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievement by Bay of Plenty athletes, coaches and officials over the previous twelve months.

After a spectacular Olympic year in 2012, Peter has gone from strength to strength winning the World Sailing Championships, the European Championships as well as skippering the Red Bull Youth Americas Cup to first place.

Burling reflected that the Youth America's Cup and the 49er Worlds were his two big goals in what has been a busy year and that he was "stoked" to have prevailed in France, particularly in the lighter, less suitable winds.

Burling also received the Bayleys Real Estate Sportsman of the Year award earlier in the evening for the second year in a row, leading an outstanding field of category recipients including local golden girl Lisa Carrington (ASB Sportswoman of the Year), recently appointed Scotland’s National coach, Vern Cotter (Farmer AutoVillage International Sportsperson the Year), 49er sailing World Champion Molly Meech (Eves Realty Junior Sportswoman of the Year), Amateur Xterra World Champion Oliver Shaw (Vodafone Junior Sportsman of the Year), internationally recognized Rugby referee Glen Jackson (MoreFM Official of the Year), Volleyball Tauranga (AquaPlus Club of the Year), and for the second year in a row The Chiefs (Bay SportsMed Open Team of the Year).

Sport Bay of Plenty Sport Manager, Megan Cleverley commented “This was another challenging year of judging for the panel of judges. The most impressive aspect from this year’s finalists and winners is the wide range of sporting codes involved, as well as highlighting the many World Champions we have in the Bay of Plenty”.

The gala evening which combines both the secondary school sports awards, along with the open categories is a great celebration of the sporting prowess across all schools and codes.

Returning judge Craig Tiriana is once again thrilled to be a part of the judging team. “It’s such an intense process and I am reminded how fortunate we are to have so many great sportspeople in our region. Having been involved for several years now, I really enjoy seeing  those secondary school finalists and winners from previous years, coming through into the open categories. It’s a great opportunity for the younger generation to be inspired on the night as their sporting heroes take the stage”.

The six Secondary School categories provide inspiration to the up and coming athletes and teams and this year in particular it was noted how many different schools from around the region are represented in the finalist list. The Aurecon Student Contribution to Sport category highlights a student within the school system who has provided an outstanding service to sport in their school and community. This year’s winner from Reporoa College is Kale Grahame who volunteer coaches at the Reporoa swimming club as well as coaching Reporoa College Senior A girls basketball team.   He was also recently crowned the winner of the Overall Taupo District Youth Awards for outstanding all-rounder.         

The Canon Service to Sport category acknowledged people who have been involved in their chosen sport for at least 10 years and have made a significant contribution at either regional or national level. The seven recipients came from a wide variety of sport, including bowls, rugby, surf lifesaving, hockey, and disability sport amongst others. The opportunity to recognise these stalwarts of the sporting sector is a highlight of the evening as they are unaware until the award is presented on the night.

“To see the contribution and achievement of those in the Bay of Plenty is truly inspirational. It is great to be able to celebrate these achievements and recognize the sporting talent that our region produces,” says Sport Bay of Plenty Chief Executive, Wayne Werder. “We are thankful to our family of sponsors who make these awards possible, and appreciate their continued support.”

In addition to celebrating our regions sporting champions the awards recognise the contribution of our coaches and volunteers. Each year awards in both the Open and Secondary School categories salute their input and show appreciation for the hours of time our coaches and volunteers put in to make sport happen.

Over 500 guests attended the awards last night, and joined in congratulating the finalists and winners in 2013. In what can only be described as an inspirational night recognising the Bay of Plenty best talent, congratulations must go to Peter Burling for his achievements and the strong list of award recipients.

The winners of the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic 2103 Bay of Plenty Sports Awards will join an illustrious group of past winners and become part of the Bay’s sporting history.

Full list of awards below.

The Bay of Plenty Sports Awards encompasses a twelve-month period from the 1st October to the 30th September of each year and has been an annual event since 1969.

Service to Sport Award Recipients:




Canon Open Service to Sport

Laurie McLeay


Canon Open Service to Sport

John Brophy


Canon Open Service to Sport

Barry Leabourn

Cricket / Boxing / Rugby / Surf Lifesaving      

Canon Open Service to Sport

Rob Leslie


Canon Open Service to Sport

Beryl Harvey


Canon Open Service to Sport

John Mickell


Canon Open Service to Sport

David and Kath Monk     

Disability Sport

Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Principals’ Association        

Secondary School Service to Sport

Sam Kirk

Secondary School Volleyball

Open Award Winners:



AquaPlus Club of the Year

Volleyball Tauranga

Bay SportsMed Team of the Year

The Chiefs

MoreFM Official of the Year

Glen Jackson

BayTrust Coach of the Year

Sir Gordon Tietjens

Farmers AutoVillage International Sportsperson of the Year                              

Vern Cotter                                                                          

Vodafone Junior Sportsman of the Year

Oliver Shaw

Eves Realty Junior Sportswoman of the Year

Molly Meech

ASB Sportswoman of the Year

Lisa Carrington

Bayleys Real Estate Sportsman of the Year

Peter Burling

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Supreme Award 2013

Peter Burling

Secondary School Awards Winners:



Aurecon Secondary School Student Contribution to Sport

Kale Grahame

Bay Cardiology Secondary School Girls’ Team of the Year

Otumoetai College Senior A Volleyball Team

Bay Office Products Depot Secondary Schools Boys' Team of the Year

Tauranga Boys College C2 Canoe Slalom Team      

CodeBlue Secondary School Coach of the Year

Graham Watt

Waiariki Institute of Secondary School Sportsman of the Year      

Kieran Coates

Waiariki Institute of Secondary School Sportswoman

Nicole Van der Kaay

Supreme Award – Past Winners


Una Wickham


Mr J Foster


Mr W Veldman


Mrs E Rimmer


MN Nicholson


Ross Hynds


GM Crossman


Gregg Rowlands


Bruce Brownlee


Mark Taylor


Grant McAuley


Brenda Rhodes


Geoff Howarth


Andrew Stevenson


Lance Cairns


Frank Shelford


Jeff Scott


Simon Wi Rutene


Dianne Collings


Gary Mercer


Toni Jeffs


Nicky Cooney


Tony Truss


Mat Brick


Sid Giddy


Cathy Millen & Mark Rendell


Paul Steel


BOP Thames Valley Women’s Golf Team


Renee Fowler


Gordon Tietjens


Julian Deane


Dave MacCalman


Sam Hunt


Moss Burmester


BOP Golf Team


Vanessa Quin


Samuel Bewley


Peter Burling


Sarah Walker


Danny Lee


Sarah Walker


Matthew Lack


Gordon Tietjens


Lisa Carrington


Peter Burling

For more information please contact:

Megan Cleverley

Sport Manager

Sport Bay of Plenty

Ph 07 578 0016 ext 837 | Mob 027 461 7219


Melanie Short

Marketing & Sponsorship Manager

Sport Bay of Plenty

Mob 021 860 063



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