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Top effort ... Last year's overall secondary schools sports Female of the Year Award went to Analeise Le Roy (left), of Timaru Girls' High School, for inline speed skating, while the overall Male of the Year Award went to Hugh Donaldson, of Ashburton College, for water skiing. Emily Miazga, a three-time Coast to Coast winner, presented the awards. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Alexia Johnston
Winners of this year’s Secondary Schools Sports Awards will soon be revealed.
The awards recognise the region’s outstanding young sports people across a range of codes from netball and rugby, to judo and karate, among many more.
Aoraki regional sport director Shaun Campbell said the event, which was in its 18th year, acknowledges those who have achieved excellence in their chosen field, which in the past has included Shane Archbold, for cycling, Tom Walsh, for shot put, Lauren Ellis, for cycling, and Emily Fanning, for tennis.
“We nominate every sporting code that achieves excellence,” Campbell said.
“Everything from athletics to water skiing, judo, karate, in-line skating, and then your more traditional sports as well.
“Essentially, we recognise the top male and female in each sporting code.”
The team of the year would also be named, recognising “outstanding achievement”.
“And then our two major awards are the overall female sportsperson of the year and overall male sportsperson of the year.”
The awards, to be hosted by Aoraki Secondary School Sports tomorrow night, would feature more than 50 categories, and would also recognise volunteers, along with staff and community contributions to sport.