Junior Sports Team of the Year Nominations 2017
17 Nov 2017
The Taranaki Daily News Taranaki Sportsperson of the Year awards will be held in New Plymouth on Friday, November 24.
Junior Sports Team 2017 Nominations
Stratford High School First V basketball
The team have shown great commitment to their sport and are a credit to their school and their coach Willie Banks. They trained hard and performed with excellence as well as keeping up with their school work and fitting in other sports as well. This year the team won the Taranaki Secondary School League, the North Island Secondary Schools Premiership and Championship tournaments.
Taranaki Year 7 Amber netball
The team are a great bunch of young athletes, and is one of the first two teams in Netball Taranaki to have a male included. All players trained hard, willingly took on new skills and learnings, especially in goal setting and how to achieve them. The team attended three tournaments in Whanganui, Levin and Palmerston North and finished first in all of them.
2017 Taranaki Girls Under 17 indoor volleyball
The team won the 2017 National Under 17 provincial title held Queen's Birthday weekend in Wellingtons ASB arena. Twelve provinces of the 14 provincial association affiliated to Volleyball NZ contested the national event. For her efforts, Taranaki Under 17 and New Zealand Under 18 outside spiker Maya Dickson was named tournament MVP and best outside hitter of the competition.
Opunake High School Girls basketball
The team set themselves a huge target this year. They managed repeat achievements - Opunake champions, Taranaki regional champions, North Island premiership champions and New Zealand national champions. Earning themselves the rare feat of being back to back "A" national champions for small schools.
Francis Douglas Memorial College Motocross Team
The team are passionate about motocross and spend hours training, riding, building their skills in motorcycle maintenance, following key NZ riders and seeking solutions from the international social media sites, for diet, technique and mentoring. They are not only title holders but they are also great ambassadors for their minority sport. They enjoy working as a team, know each other strengths and push each other to achieve great results. The team won the Motorcycyle New Zealand (MNZ), 2017 Junior North Island and Junior New Zealand Cross Country titles.
Taranaki Youth Surf Lifesaving
This group was made up of a talented bunch of 12 youth selected from the four clubs in Taranaki. The group attended the New Zealand Representative Challenge (NZRC). With seven regions entering teams in the 2017 challenge, the Taranaki Youth Representative team won on 125 points - with Bay of Plenty close behind on 120 points.
New Plymouth Girls' High School volleyball
The team's dedication and skills has led to the best results for Taranaki secondary school volleyball in decades. The NPGHS Premier Indoor Volleyball team are the Volleyball Taranaki regional secondary school champions. They went on to win Silver at the National title in Division I at the NZ Secondary Schools Senior Volleyball Championship. This placement will now lead the team to play in the Top Honours Division (reserved for NZ entrants) 2017 Australian Secondary School Championship in Melbourne in December.
New Plymouth Girls' High School and New Plymouth Boys' High School Hillary Challenge
The students in this team are outstanding athletes, resilient and inspiring. They work together as a very cohesive and functional team. After narrowly losing out on the 2016 title they worked incredibly hard, competed in numerous adventures races in the lead up to achieving their goal of winner the Hillary Challenge five day adventure race 2017.
Spotswood College Senior Girls A Beach Volleyball
Hikaru Han and Libby Houghton are an extremely dedicated team, training daily in order to achieve their goals. Winning and placing in the NZ Volleyball Championships and were the NZ reserve team for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games this year. While disappointed not being able to compete at an international level, their dignity and humility shone through.