Junior Sportswoman of the Year Nominations 2017

Junior Sportswoman of the Year Nominations 2017

Junior Sportswoman 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 Sportswoman of the Year 2017 Nominations!

Hope Ralph 

Ralph has worked hard throughout this year to gain a place back in the Junior Blacks hockey squad.  She has achieved this and had a successful under-18 national tournament for Central Districts and was nominated to attend NHL trials. When she is not playing for Sacred Heart Girls' College, Northern United Hockey Club or for Central District's Hockey - she is coaching. She trains alongside New Plymouth Boys' High School twice a week to play at a faster pace to help improve her hockey skills and speed.

Page Neilson 

Neilson is a very talented young athlete with outstanding ability and an eager willingness to learn. She always gives 100 per cent on and off the netball court. She is a Taranaki, Lower North Island and North Island representative for netball. She also represents Taranaki in touch and rugby.

Iritana Hohaia  

Hohaia was excelled at rugby and basketball. With an amazing work ethic she shines on the field and is humbe off it. She represents Taranaki as a sevens rugby player and was named TRFU women's sevens player of the year 2017.  She is also in the New Zealand under-18 basketball team.

Faith Araba  

Araba was selected for New Zealand secondary school team for the Australian All Schools Championships after successful events at the NZ Track and Field Championships, North Island Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships and the Colgate Games.  She competes in 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump.

Isabelle Cook

Cook has been a member of the New Zealand under-16 basketball team for the past two years. She has been a member of two "A" small schools national championship teams 2016 and 2017. She was the MVP at this year's nationals. She was a member of the Taranaki All Star team as well as the most outstanding forward in Taranaki.

Hannah Baker

Baker's dedication to training and huge natural talent has resulted in a phenomenal rate of improvement in kayaking. In just over a year she has gone from novice to the remarkable position of being world ranked 14. She has competed at some of the New Zealand championships, Australian Grand Prix and the Junior World Championships.

Brooke Reid

Reid is a wonderful example of what you can achieve if you persevere and put in the time and effort in to your training to improve and reach your goals.  She has won a string of club titles and the Hawera D grade ladies squad team she was a member of won the National title. Brooke has recently been selected to join the national junior girls squad for 2018.

Hannah O'Connor

O'Connor is a wonderful athlete, role model and has had some outstanding results this year.  Highlights have included coming first in the U18 Australian All Schools Cross Country Championships, seventh at the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games and she is currently ranked No 2 in NZ for U18 1500m, 3000m.  Hannah also won the TET Athletics Taranaki Stan Lay Award 2016-17 (Overall Sportsperson of the Year).

Claudia Kelly

Kelly has had an amazing year nationally and internationally in surf lifesaving. On the back of a breakout season of results nationally she was picked to represent New Zealand in the NZ Youth Squad, won gold at the Australian national champs for U17 women's 2km Beach Run and was selected to be a  Junior Black Fins to compete in the World Surf Lifesaving Champs in Japan. 

Tilly James 

James was selected for the first ever New Zealand Futsal Women's team – the Futsal Ferns. She also plays for the Central Football National Women's League team.

Mackenzie Barry

Barry is a quite achiever who works hard but most of all is a good kid on and off the field. She was selected for the Central Football National Women's League and subsequently for the New Zealand Under-16 team to qualify for the Oceania Football Confederation U-16 Women's Championship 2017. 

Parris Mason 

Mason is a multi-talented young player and was named in the New Zealand Development Academy for all three of her sports - touch, netball and basketball.  Her biggest highlight this year was playing for the NZ Aotearoa Maori Netball Team in Fiji winning gold against Australia.

Grace Mohi 

Mohi is higly self-motivated and works hard at her unique sport of golf croquet. She is the top under-21 woman in NZ and the second highest ranked woman overall in NZ.

Lee Boon

Boon has had another solid year in cycling. Wins in two major NZ Junior Cycling tours secured her second successive selection into the NZ Womens U17 Development Team and she won the Goulburn Junior Tour in NSW, Australia. She was a guest rider with the Waikato/Auckland High Performance team leading the 2017/2018 Dynamo Team series, and was invited to ride with the Cycling New Zealand U19 Development Team at the final race of the Calder Stewart Cycling Series.

Maya Dickson 

Dickson made the New Zealand Youth (U18) Indoor Volleyball Team for the third year in a row. She has made two national tournament teams this year and was selected as captain of the successful Taranaki U17 (Gold IPC) and New Plymouth Girls' High Premier (Silver - Division 1) Indoor Volleyball Teams.  She is currently trialling for the 2018 NZ U19 Women's Indoor team to play in Thailand next year and for the 2018 Youth Olympics

Sasha Reid 

Reid is a talented young swimmer and has been identified by both Swimming New Zealand and Surf lifesaving New Zealand in her selection to both New Zealand Development Squads. She has represented New Zealand twice in the past year, at Australian National Swimming Championships. 

Tayla Manning

An up and coming Competitive Sport Climber. She has competed at a national level, representing Taranaki Tuataras and the Taranaki Alpine Club.  This year she has performed exceedingly well at all National Competitions and Championships.  Tayla will be competing in her first International Competition, the Oceania Championships later this year in New Caledonia.