Sport Manawatu is pleased to announce the winners of the Stephen Parson’s House of Travel Manawatu Secondary School Sports Awards.

With over 150 nominees representing 68 codes, the Café Cuba Code Awards had 45 male code award winners and 33 female code award winners.

The following category awards were also announced:

Fisher Print Volunteer of the Year
Ocean Woolley, Inline Speed Skating, Queen Elizabeth College

Official of the Year
Visique Naylor Palmer – Female Official of the Year: Maddi Pinder, Basketball, Feilding High School
Shoe Clinic, Palmerston North – Male Official of the Year: Sam Mcfadzean, Basketball, Palmerston North Boys’ High School

Tiger Turf Team of the Year
Manawatu College Weightlifting Team

The team members are Shelby Wells, Miniah Summerell, Chloe Wright, Taylor Stevens, and Jorja Anderson. They are this year’s New Zealand Secondary Schools Weightlifting Champions. Shelby and Miniah have been weightlifting for two years, with Chloe, Taylor and Jorja lifting for only nine months.

Supreme Awards
The UCOL, Supreme Girl of the Year 2019 is Rochelle Fourie, Basketball, from Manukura.

Rochelle Fourie was selected and toured India with the New Zealand Under 19 Team. She was also selected and toured New Caledonia with the New Zealand Under 17 Team. Rochelle helped her team win the Manawatu Premier Women’s Competition and Manawatu Secondary Schools Premier Competition. She was instrumental in helping her small school, Manukura qualify for the AA National Basketball tournament and was also a huge factor in her school achieving seventh place overall. Rochelle made the Tournament Team Selection for this competition. She is now looking forward to attending a full four-year scholarship to California State University at Northridge to continue her basketball journey.

The Massey University, Supreme Boy of the Year 2019 is Ruben Love, for Rugby & Cricket, from Palmerston North Boys’ High School.

Ruben has achieved New Zealand honours in both rugby and cricket in 2019. He has played for the NZ Under 19 Cricket Team, as a wicket keeper/batsman in test matches against Australia, in Brisbane and is also in the NZ Secondary Schools Rugby Team.

Ruben is one of only a handful of schoolboys who have been offered a full Mitre 10 rugby contract for next year, having signed with the Wellington Lions for the 2020/21 seasons. Ruben has also been chosen for the NZ Under 20’s rugby fitness testing group which is the first step in the selection process for the NZ Under 20 team for 2020.

It is believed Ruben is the first schoolboy, dual international, in both rugby and cricket since Jeff Wilson in 1992.

The awards were held at The Regent Theatre, Palmerston North on Wednesday 30 October.