by Greta Yeoman
Ryan Bagrie has claimed the supreme award at the Temuka Sports Awards – for the second year running.
The 15-year-old athlete won the intermediate section of the awards – open to athletes aged from 14 to 18 – as well as securing the supreme award for the second year in a row.
The annual awards ceremony was held at the Temuka Golf Club on Friday evening, where Black Fern Sevens player Ruby Tui was the guest speaker.
Temuka Sports Group chairwoman Ali Talbot said Tui, who has been with the Black Ferns since 2012, had “captivated everybody” at the event.
“She was just the most wonderful speaker.”
Talbot said Tui encouraged all those present to “be courageous” in their sporting pursuits and setting goals they wanted to achieve.
“She captivated kids and adults.”
The athletes in attendance at Friday’s awards ranged in discipline and age.
Motocross rider Hudson Swete won the junior section – open to athletes under 14 – while tai chi practitioner Dave Thew claimed the open section.
The under-13 Cardinals softball team won the junior team award, and the Temuka senior cricket team was named the senior team of the year.
Ken Darby, of the Temuka Rugby Club, was recognised for his ongoing volunteering work with the club, winning the volunteer/administrator of the year award, while softball coach Stephan Gamblin was named coach of the year.
Talbot said the judges had a “really challenging” time deciding on winners, particularly in the junior sections, and was pleased Temuka’s sporting talent had again been celebrated.
“[It was] a great night.”
The nominees and winners for the awards were recognised for sporting successes achieved between February 1, 2018 and January 31 this year.