The Central Energy Trust Manawatu Sports Awards is our region’s most prestigious and highly anticipated sporting awards ceremony.  The awards seek to honour and celebrate Manawatu’s highest achieving sports stars.

This years Central Energy Trust, Manawatu Sports Awards was held on Friday 15 March, at Central Energy Trust Arena, B&M Centre. We are pleased to announce the finalists  and Winners for the 2019 Central Energy Trust Manawatu Sports Awards

Distinction Coachman Hotel Coach of the year


Darryl Gledhill – Swimming
As Head Coach of Ice Breaker Aquatics, Darryl was responsible for training swimmers who represented New Zealand at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. He spends countless hours at the pool and regularly travels to meets to support our swimmers.

Miles Pearce – Basketball
In 2018 Miles was Assistant Coach of the Junior Tall Blacks for the FIBA U18 Asia Championships (runners up and qualifiers for the FIBA U19 World Championships in July 2019). He was also Head Coach for Basketball Manawatu’s U19 Men’s, Head Coach for Manukura Junior Girls Team and Community Coach for the Go Media Jets.

Mike Pettman – Rugby 7’s 
Mike works tirelessly developing schoolgirl and women’s sevens teams and is a huge part of the development of women’s rugby in the Region. In 2018 Mike coached the Manawatu Region Women’s 7s Team – 2 x National Championships winners (in Jan & Dec 2018).

Tamara Reed – Triathlon & Duathlon
Tamara (Tammy) Reed has made an outstanding contribution to Triathlon at both a regional and national level. She volunteers countless hours of her time helping people of all ages and levels. In 2018 she coordinated and coached the Whanau Triathlon Program, was the local coordinator for the Weetbix Triathlon in Manawatu, and a Triathlon NZ Regional Youth coordinator/coach for the lower North Island.
Tammy has been targeted by Triathlon NZ as a pathway to podium HP coach. A large number of her athletes have excelled on the International and National stage. Their results are too numerous to mention.

Kalon Dobbin – Speed Skating
Kalan is coach of our NZ Team Pursuit Team – Speed skating who came agonizingly close to the Gold Medal Final at the Pyeong Chang 2018 Olympic Winter Games – missing out by only 0.72 seconds, eventually finishing 4th. Kalon also coached Peter Micheal who finished 4th in the 5000m event.











Manawatu & TRC Toyota Official of the year


Jackie Tomlinson – Hockey Official
Jackie continued her rise as one of New Zealand’s best technical officials, overseeing games in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions at the Commonwealth Games, including the Women’s semi-final. Jackie was appointed Technical Director for both the Men’s and Women’s NZ National Hockey Leagues, as well as the National Senior Tournaments.

Gregory Busch – Badminton Official
It was a busy year for Greg who umpired and line judged at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in China, the Commonwealth Games in Australia, the Barfoot & Thompson NZ Open Badminton International, the Victor Oceania Champs and NZ National Champs, as well as the NZ Division 1 Inter-Association Teams event and NZ Junior Inter-Association Team Championships!

David Tomlinson – Hockey Official
Appointed to the 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup in India, David umpired 6 matches, including a quarter-final, a semi-final and the Bronze medal match. He also umpired the final at the Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia and the NZ National Hockey League where he was awarded most valuable umpire.

Matthew Conger – Football Official
Matthew has been an elite football referee in New Zealand for several years and in 2018 he was selected as a referee for the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Along with this major appointment the 2018 year has been filled with numerous International matches.

• OFC Champions League (Vanuatu)
• Hero Indian Super League
• FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
• Suruga Championship Cup
• Hyundai A-League
• Chinese Super League
• Saudi Professional League
• Chinese Football Association Cup
• FIFA Club World Cup



DCH Chartered Accountants Administrator of the year


Lawrence Erihe – Rugby League
Lawrence is the driving force behind the increase in participation numbers in Manawatu rugby league. He implemented a junior and youth pathway, organised funding and managed administration for the Youth and the Senior Men’s Teams. He was recently awarded the NZRL 2018 Male Volunteer of the year.

Daniel Todd – Hockey
Daniel Todd is the administrative driving force who has transformed Massey University Hockey Club from a three-team club in debt into the largest hockey club in the Lower North Island with a financial 4 star ranking. He instigated scholarship programmes and a goal-keeping academy, player mentoring programmes and new uniforms, and he organizes prize givings that recognise excellence and reward administrators and coaches. Dan played a major part in securing the funding for the new hockey turf to be placed at Massey, helping with the presentations to Palmerston North City Council, Hockey Manawatu and Hockey New Zealand.

Kim Fenn – Gym Sports
Kim is a dedicated and enthusiastic organiser who has changed the face, direction and attitude of Manawatu GymSports. She worked tirelessly to improve the quality of services for club members, raise thousands of dollars worth of funding, change the culture around coaching and ensure Manawatu is a club to watch in the Central Gymnastics NZ region.


Palmerston North City Council Masters Sportsperson of the year


Terry Wood – Football
A key member of the Kiwi Masters who won the 50+ age category at the Seniors World Cup, Terry has played in all three of the age groups set for Masters Football, 38-44, 45-49 and 50+. He is also known for giving back to the sport through his numerous coaching efforts.

Junior Tatana – Golf
Junior Tatana is the dominant over 40’s player in the Manawatu-Wanganui golf scene. In 2018 he led Palmerston North Golf Club to their first ever victory in the district A grade pennant competition, won the District Open Order of Merit competition and was named player of the tournament. He also played number 1 for the Manawatu-Wanganui team who won the Freyberg Masters Interprovincial Championship.


Manawatu District Council Disabled Sportswoman of the year


Sharon Dagg – Triathlon & Duathlon
Not long after her Oceania win in the Para 5 classification, Shaz had an unfortunate work accident, which resulted in her left arm being amputated above the elbow. This meant her classification was reviewed and updated from Para 5 to P4. Despite this setback, she trained diligently for the Para World Triathlon Championships and was the first New Zealander to represent NZ as an Elite Para in the sport of Triathlon – she achieved an amazing 6th place. Shaz also continuously achieves podiums in able-bodied events regionally and nationally.
• Gold Medal – Oceania Para-triathlon Championships St Kilda Australia – Classification P5
• 6th Place – Elite Para-triathlon Grand final world championships – Gold Coast, Australia – P4.
• NZ overall and PTS4 Para-Triathlon Champion

Hannah Van Wijk – Swimming
Hannah has competed consistently at Regional and National events in 2018 including bonze and silver medals at the SNZ Short Course Open Championships. She gained selection to the PNZ Para Swimming Australian Development Tour to Victoria in February 2019.


TigerTurf Disabled Sportsman of the year


Chris Arbuthnott – Swimming
2018 was a challenging year for Chris: balancing university studies alongside being a full time High Performance athlete and learning to cook balanced, nutritious meals!
He represented NZ at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, attended the High altitude camp in Flagstaff in July, competed in Tokyo in September and then came home and claimed a new NZ record in the NZ Short Course Championship to finish the year on a high.
2018 World Ranking – 1st in 200M Butterfly
2018 NZ Short Course Championship, Auckland – Gold Medal & PB 50M Butterfly
2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games- 5th 100M Freestyle and PB
2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming, Cairns, Australia- Silver Medal Men’s 4 x 100M Medley Relay, 4th place 100M Backstroke, PB & NZ Record 100M Freestyle
2018 Victoria Championship, Melbourne – Gold Medal 100 M Butterfly, Gold Medal 50M Backstroke, Bronze Medal and NZ Record 50M butterfly
2018 Tokyo Para Championship – PB 50M Freestyle


Churchyard Physiotherapy Junior Sportswoman of the year


Kate Blincoe – Canoe Polo
Kate is an exceptional sportswoman who captained the PNGHS Senior A Canoe Polo team and was a member of the bronze medal winning NZ U21 Women’s Canoe Polo team at the World Championships. Kate was recognised at the top individual goal scorer for the u21 womans division at the 2018 World Champs in Canada.

Michaela Drummond – Cycling
In 2018 Michaela represented New Zealand at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, UCI Track World Championships, UCI Track World Cup and Oceania Championships. She raced on the road and track in the United States, Italy, Czech Republic, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Australia and New Zealand. Her focus is firmly on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Laticia Transom – Swimming
2018 was a break-through year for 17-year-old Laticia Transom who managed two personal bests at the Commonwealth Games. More PBs followed in the Queensland Short Course Champs. Laticia will join USC Trojans in the USA spring, aiming for Tokyo 2020.

Kaitlyn Watts – Squash
Kaitlyn dominated Junior Squash in the Oceania region in 2018, winning the NZ Junior Open and gaining selection to the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires as well as representing NZ at the Junior World Championships. She is the top ranked Junior in NZ and Oceania and is ranked 3rd in NZ Senior Women.

Emily Shearman – Cycling
Emily has been included in the NZ High Performance programme as a carded athlete. She raced in the UCI World Cup season making two finals, with one podium finish. Emily also rode for the NZ Team at the Oceania Championships, winning gold. Other results included Madison Championship Gold and team pursuit bronze at the national championships, as well as 4th in the Australian Madison Championships.


ANZ Junior Sportsman of the year


Josiah Maraku – Rugby Union
Josiah was named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools XV on the back of a dominant season for his school. The Manawatu Rugby Academy squad member is a pacey and elusive midfielder. He represented New Zealand at the World Schools Sevens tournament in 2018.

Campbell Stewart – Cycling
Track cyclist Campbell had a stellar year in 2018 and has set a goal to win GOLD in Toyoko. In 2018 he attended the Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn and finished 5th in the Team Pursuit and 5th in the Omnium. At the Commonwealth Games in April he was 2nd in the Scratch race and 2nd in the Points race. At the World Cup in Milton in October he was 3rd in the Omnium, and he finished off his great year with a 2nd in the Criterium Nationals in November.

David Martin – Triathlon & Duathlon
Massey University student David was awarded a double-blue by Massey following his silver and bronze medals at the 2018 World Triathlon Championships in 2018. Regular podium finishes at national and international events capped off a stellar year.

Robert Stannard – Cycling
Robert Stannard is a prodigious cycling talent whose 2018 season with the development team for the World Pro Tour team Mitchelton-Scott was marked by quality performances and consistency.

Phil Massarotto – Canoe Polo
Phillip was an inspirational leader for his secondary school team, a key member of the NZ U21 team who finished 5th in the International Canoe Fed Canoe Polo Championship and a member of the Manawatu Kiwi Canoe Polo Black representative side who won the NZ Canoe Polo National League Title.

Jake McKinley – Basketball
Jake is a rising star in the Basketball New Zealand High Performance programme. He is a member of the Aon U17 Mens’ team, the Go Media Jets squad and the PNBHS Premier Basketball Team.


Professionals Team of the year


Manawatu Racketlon Senior Men’s Team
Racketlon is a sport that combines the four major racket sports of tennis, table tennis, badminton and squash. Each team of six competes against other teams in their division in a doubles format across the four racket sports throughout the day. The Oceania Championships were held at Auckland’s North Shore in November 2018 and our Manawatu team (comprised of Victor Romero, Kashif Shuja, Matt Ball, Josh Curry, Jono Spring and Reuben Leung Wai) took home the gold medal.

Horowhenua, Kapiti Heartland Rugby Team
For the first time since 1993, the Horowhenua-Kapiti Heartland team won a championship. Winning the Heartland Lochore Cup has come in the year of the Horowhenua-Kapiti Rugby Football Union’s 125th Anniversary, ironically 25 years after their last title in their centennial year of 1993.
Aaron Lahmert, Scott Cameron, Willie Paiaâ’aua and Mark Rutene (Assistant Coach) were all named in the 2018 New Zealand Heartland XV team that played NZ Marist and a Fijian Side in Taupo in October.

New Zealand Speed Skating Pursuit Team
Our NZ Team Pursuit Team came agonizingly close to the Gold Medal Final at the Pyeong Chang 2018 Olympic Winter Games – missing out by only 0.72 seconds. They eventually finished in 4th place after being defeated by Netherlands in the bronze medal match. They have a current ranking of second from the 2017/2018 World Cup.

Manawatu Woman’s 7’s Team
The legacy of the Manawatu Women’s sevens team continues to grow with two national titles in the same calendar year. In January they beat Waikato in the National 7s Final to reclaim the Cup. In December they again beat Waikato in the National 7s Final at Tauranga to win their fifth national title in seven years making them the most successful Women’s 7s team in the country. The tournament was moved from January to December in 2018 – hence two national tournaments in the same calendar year.
• Mount Maunganui 7s Champions 2018
• NZ National 7s Champions 2018
• Central Regional 7s Champions 2018 -7th Regional title in a row
• NZ National 7s Champions 2018 – 5th National title in 7 years (back to back champions)
• Unbeaten in the December NZ National 7s Tournament and the Regional 7s tournament.

Manawatu – Whanganui Men’s Masters Golf Team
The Manawatu-Wanganui Men’s Masters Golf Team won the National Freyberg Masters Interprovincial in November 2018 at the Centennial Course at Taupo Golf Club. This is the only national event on the New Zealand Golf annual calender, so is a very sought after title, with all 15 districts in New Zealand taking part.

Manakura Girl’s Basketball Team
Manukura Girls won New Zealand “A” grade Schick Championships, going through the tournament undefeated. They also won the Basketball Manawatu Premier Girls Secondary School Competition and were runners up in the Premier Women’s Competition.
This team had two players make the tournament team and Rochelle Fourie was named MVP of the grade.


UCOL Sportswoman of the year


Hannah Rowe – Cricket
Hannah Rowe is a medium fast bowler and middle order batsman for Manawatu, the Central Hinds and the White Ferns. In 2018 Hannah represented New Zealand at the 20/20 World Cup in England and played with distinction for the Central Hinds and Manawatu.

Anne Green – Football
Anna has been a key member of the Football Ferns who were OFC Women’s Nations Cup Champions in 2018. They had 5 successive wins in New Caledonia and won the Final v Fiji 8-0. As a result of this win the NZ Football Ferns qualified for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, and the 2020 Olympic Games..

Selica Winiate – Rugby Union
Selica Winiata created history in 2018 when she became the first woman in New Zealand Rugby to score 100 First Class tries. Our rugby legend captained Manawatu to two National Sevens titles, played 5 tests for the Black Ferns and was co-captain of the Cyclones who made the Farah Palmer Cup semifinals.

Sarah Hirini (nee Goss) – Rugby 7’s & Union
Sarah had an outstanding 2018, captaining the Black Ferns 7s to Commonwealth and World Cup gold medals. The team are deserved winners of the 2018 Halberg Team of the Year, following a 39 match winning streak which is still continuing. Sarah was also part of the Manawatu 7s women’s team who won the national title in December.


Humphries Construction Sportsman of the year


Peter Michael – Speed Skating
Peter competed in three events at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games held in Pyeong Chang, Korea with some fantastic results. 4th place in the men’s 5000m, 4th place in the team pursuit and 14th place in the 1500m.

Jackson Hemopo – Rugby Union
Jackson Hemopo came into 2018 in top form. He was a fixture in the Highlanders’ second row playing 16 games for the Super Rugby franchise. His work-rate, strong ball carrying and aerial skills saw him catch the attention of the All Blacks selectors. Hemopo became Manawatu’s 41st All Black when he made his test debut against France on June 23. He played 3 tests in 2018, as well as two games for the Manawatu Turbos and two for the New Zealand Maori.

Ben Langton Burnell – Athletics
2018 was a very exciting year for Ben as he achieved a life-time dream of representing NZ at the Commonwealth games. Against a very high quality field of athletes, he qualifed for the Finals. 2018 also saw him throw a new personal best of 82.44 at a Christchurch inter-club meet and claim silver in the NZ Australian Championship. He also took 1st overall in the Open Men’s Javelin at the 2018 Porritt Classic held in Hamilton.

Sam Hapeta – Canoe Polo
Sam is an influential player respected by his peers and internationally recognised. In 2018 he was a member and MVP of the Viking Black Open team who won the New Zealand A grade Canoe Polo Champs. He also played for the NZ Senior Men’s team at the World Champs in Canada coming 5th, was NZ’s top goal scorer and ranked 7th in the world. Sam was also the top goal scorer and best shooter in the CPSL Chinese Canoe Polo Super League – his team placing 3rd.

Ngani Laumape – Rugby League
Coming off the back of a stunning super rugby season, Ngani played 6 games for the All Blacks in 2018. By the end of the 2018 Super Rugby season, Ngani had crossed the try line nine times and was the Hurricanes Player of the Year for the second year running.


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