by Emma Perry
It was third time lucky for the Temuka Sports Awards, were held last week.
The event was originally to be held on March 27, and again on May 15, but both plans had to be abandoned because of Covid-19 restrictions.
Sporting talent in Temuka was recognised at the ceremony last Friday, hosted by Sport Canterbury South Canterbury regional manager Shaun Campbell.
New Zealand track cyclist Holly Edmondston, originally from Waimate, was able to attend as a guest speaker at the awards.
Temuka Sports Group chairwoman Ali Talbot said she was relieved to finally hold the awards, which attracted 26 nominations.
“I was determined to acknowledge the high level of sporting talent and the variety of different sports, from softball to tai chi, as well as the coaches and volunteers who support them.
“Temuka is very proud of all our nominees and it was so good to finally, third time lucky, showcase these nominees.”
Award categories included volunteer administrator, junior sportsperson (up to 14 years), intermediate sportsperson (14 to 18 years), open sportsperson, junior team, senior team, and coach.
Best all-round sportsperson, a new category introduced for the first time this year, went to Logan Connolly, Ms Talbot said.
The award acknowledged junior and intermediate nominees who not only specialised in their chosen sport, but also represented clubs and schools in a variety of sports.
“There were no nominations for this. It is chosen from the nominees in junior and intermediate sections.”
The supreme sports award went to Kiarn Prentice, for softball.
Other awards included: junior: Charlotte Connolly (swimming); intermediate, Kiarn Prentice (softball); open: Dave Thew (tai chi); junior team: Temuka athletics grade 11 relay team; Senior team: Temuka senior rugby team; Coach: Brendon Miller and Brendon Aitken (rugby); volunteer administrator: Bex Taylor (running).