Junior Sportsman of the Year Nominations 2017

Junior Sportsman of the Year Nominations 2017


Junior Sportsman of the Year Nominations 2017

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The Taranaki Daily News Taranaki Sportsperson of the Year awards will be held in New Plymouth on Friday, November 24. 

Junior Sportsman of the Year Nominations 2017

Ajeet Rai

Rai is currently ranked 79th junior in the world.  Some of the highlights over the past year have been:  Australian Open Junior Singles and Doubles main draws, US Open Junior Singles qualifiers, Doubles winner at Berlin ITF (Grade 1), Singles winner at Auckland Indoor ITF (Grade 5), Singles and Doubles winner at Hamilton ITF (Grade 5), Doubles finalist at Tokyo ITF (Grade 2), Doubles finalist at Traralgon ITF (Grade 1), Singles winner at Auckland Summer ITF (Grade 3), Doubles finalist at Hodmezovasarhely ITF (Grade 2) and Doubles winner at Charleroi-Marcinelle ITF (Grade 1).

Ben McCallum  

Promising kayaker McCallum is an extremely talented young athlete.  Competing at the New Zealand national championships at under-18 level and in the open men and then onto the Australian Grand Prix and the Junior World Championships.  His current world ranking is 16.

Zac Reid

Reid has spent hours training to achieve fantastic results this year in both swimming and surf lifesaving.  He holds many national records for swimming, including recently breaking the national record held since 1993 by Danyon Loader in the 17-year-old men's 800m freestyle this year. He was selected for the New Zealand Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 team where he won several golds and was also named co-captain of the Junior Black Fins for World Surf Lifesaving Championships in Holland and the International Surf Rescue Challenge.

MacCallum Rowe  

Rowe's has had great successes regionally and at a national level.  His field of expertise is in 3000m, 1500m, relay, cross country and road racing where he has competed at junior level across the North Island.

Kaylum Boshier

Boshier was a promising rugby player, having been selected for the New Zealand Barbarians schools side while at New Plymouth Boys' High School but despite that he opted to pursue cricket.  He was selected for the Taranaki senior team for his first full season at that level.  He then went on to be selected for, and captained, the New Zealand Under-18 cricket team which competed in the New Zealand provincial A tournament.

Thomas Boniface

​Boniface has won numerous titles and championships in motorsport.  At the time of nomination he was driving a BMW Mini for Team Kiwi Racing in a NZ Touring Car Race Series, and won his first race at Hampton Downs. He attended a high performance driving He attended a high performance driving school with ex-F1 driver (Allen Berg) at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the United States. Thomas is about to travel to the United Kingdom to contest a scholarship which the winner receives a fully-funded Championship season in a factory-backed race car in the United Kingdom.

Manawa McLauglin 

A promising rower, McLauglin was selected for the 2017 Junior New Zealand Rowing Team for the World Champs in Lithuania.  He is currently ranked 18th in the world.

Aidan Zittersteijn 

The Spotswood College student is an outstanding sportsman who despite his young age competes with and against men and women of all ages.  He has been a dominant player at New Zealand secondary schools events since 2014 finishing with high placings.  He has been the NZSS MVP on three occasions and has been the only U18 player that contested the New Zealand Champion of Champions Singles Tournament.

Felix Webby

Webby has worked tirelessly at golf croquet to achieve his own personal goals as well as promote his sport.  He is currently ranked No 1 in NZ. He has also competed at an international level winning the World Golf Croquet Championships U21 grade.  He was a bronze medallist at the World Open Championships (youngest ever medallist at this event), and is currently ranked world No 5.

Matthew O'Connell 

A member of the New Zealand under-18 basketball team which has taken him to international tournaments in Guam and China. He  was a squad member of the Taranaki Mountain Airs and the Taranaki under-19 team who competed in the New Zealand national championship.  Incredibly, he has effectively managed to compete at the highest level in New Zealand for his age in his chosen sport while undertaking his duties as Head Boy at Francis Douglas Memorial College.


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