November 30, 2014
Wynyards supreme in Maori sports awards
Rugby league legend Stacey Jones may have made it to the Maori Sports Hall of Fame, but the 'little general' isn’t out to pasture yet.
He was also named coach of the year at 24th Maori Sports Awards after guiding the Junior Warriors to win the Holden Cup in his first year in the job.
The supreme award of Maori sportsperson of the year was shared between world champion axeman Jason Wynyard, who won the senior men’s section, and his 16-year-old son Tai Wynyard, who was named junior Maori sportsman of the year for his contribution to the Tall Blacks basketball team.
The Maori All Blacks were the team of the year, while Rewa Harriman from Maori Television won the inaugural media award for her coverage of their tour.
Rugby league nines organiser Trina Tamati and Iron Maori creator Heather Skipworth shared the Maori sports administrator of the year prize, and para-cylist Emma Foy was the top disabled Maori sports person.
Top senior woman was rower Fiona Bourke, while the junior woman’s titile went to rugby sevens player Tyla Nathan-Wong.
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