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Legends of Sport
Manawatu Legends of Sport 2009 - Catherine Vautier OBE
Sport: NetballBorn: 27 August 1902Birthplace: Palmerston North, New Zealand Catherine Vautier has over 50 years experience in the sporting community. She filled many roles over these years as a player, club captain, coach, umpire, manager, selector, administrator and president. Born in Palmerston North on August 27 1902, she was the eldest of 12 children and lived the majority of her life in [read more]
Manawatu Legends of Sport 2009 - Ian Ferguson MBE
Sport: Kayak & Surf LifesavingBorn: 20 July 1952Birthplace: Taumarunui Ian Ferguson was born in Taumaranui July 20 1952 and moved to the Manawatu at the age of nine. Attending Palmerston North Boys High School he showed great promise as a runner and rugby player but it was swimming that indicated his potential in the water. At the age of 14 he started [read more]
Manawatu Legends of Sport 2009 - Jack Finlay
Sport: RugbyBorn: 31 January 1916Birthplace: Normanby, New Zealand Jack Finlay was once described as one of Manawatu Rugby Union's best backs, "possessing sharp speed, penetrative ability, sound defence and a good understanding of bright attacking rugby." He was born in Normanby in the Taranaki on January 31 1916. He attended Feilding Agricultural High School captaining the 1st XV in 1932. In 1933 [read more]
Manawatu Legends of Sport 2010 - Charlie Waugh
Sport: SquashBorn: 6 March 1938Birthplace: Palmerston North Charlie Waugh was born March 6, 1938 in Palmerston North, where he still resides today.  This mighty Manawatu man was well respected on the squash court and played the game with passion and honesty. Charlie dominated the men's game in the early 1960s; this was a time now looked upon as the beginning [read more]
Manawatu Legends of Sport 2010 - John Callesen
Sport: Service to SportBorn: 24 May 1950Birthplace: Palmerston North John Arthur Callesen was born May 24 1950 in Palmerston North, and attended Longburn School before going to Nelson College, playing first XI rugby in 1967. John made his Manawatu debut in 1970, one day before his twentieth birthday and played every game during 1970-71 impressing not only with his high lineout [read more]
Manawatu Legends of Sport 2010 - Sharon Sims MNZM
Sport: BowlsBorn: 24 May 1952Birthplace: Te Kopuru, New Zealand Sharon Sims began playing bowls in 1986 at the Manawatu Bowling Club and joined Northern Bowling Club in 1995. She started playing bowls by chance when she went along with a friend to the Manawatu Bowling Club open day, from there she was hooked. She first represented New Zealand in the Trans Tasman [read more]
Manawatu Legends of Sport 2011 - Sam Strahan
Sport: RugbyBorn: 25 December 1944Birthplace: Palmerston North Born in Palmerston North on Christmas Day 1944, Strahan was educated at Apiti School, where he recalls his earliest rugby memory, playing for the Apiti School Midgets.  He then went on to Huntley Preparatory School, and Wanganui Collegiate. After only three games for his home club, Oroua, in 1965 he was selected to [read more]
Manawatu Legends of Sport 2011 - Sir Patrick Higgins ONZM
Sport: Service to SportBirthplace: Christchurch Along with his father Dan, and brothers Bernard and Michael, Sir Patrick Higgins founded the Higgins Group construction, roading, and contracting company. He started at the bottom driving diggers and worked his way to the top, heading a company that now employs more than 1,100 staff and operates throughout the North Island. His involvement in Motorsport started [read more]
Manawatu Legends of Sport 2012 - Jean Whitehead
Sport: GolfBorn: 5 April 1924Birthplace: Waipukurau Jean Whitehead‘s father was involved with the Waipukurau Golf Club so it was only natural that she picked up the sport from an early age. With hickory clubs cut down to suit her young age she would keenly hit balls in the family’s horse paddock and the family made trips to the local golf course. However, [read more]
Manawatu Legends of Sport 2013 - Esmee Rowden
Sport: HockeyBorn: 23 March 1946Birthplace: Palmerston NorthBorn in Palmerston North on the 23rd of March 1946, our legend was educated at Eketahuna District High School then the latter Tararua College once Eketahuna District High School closed in 1959. She recalls that in her day, the girls had to vote for either hockey or netball as they only had enough players for one team. This [read more]
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