December 01, 2014
Group effort gets athletes to the top
The latest inductee to the Maori Sports Hall of Fame says the Maori Sports Awards are a great celebration of not only elite athletes but of everyone who got them to the top.
Phil Tataurangi was a member of the team that won the 1992 Eisenhower Trophy, the first New Zealand team to win amateur golfing's top tohu.
Highlights of his professional career included winning the 1996 Australian PGA Championship and the 2002 Invensys Classic on the PGA Tour in the United States.
He has since chipped out a television career as a golf commentator, as well as mentoring other sportspeople and acting as patron of The First Tee charity.
He says joining the hall of fame alongside league legend Stacey Jones was a high point, but so too was seeing how the awards touched on not just the champions but the coaches, administrators and others who contribute to sport, mostly on a voluntary basis.
"Whether it be at national or regional or international level, there's a lot of people that give of themselves unselfishly for someone to be able to stand up on the podium and that's such a warm feeling and so night's like Saturday night is a great occasion to celebrate that," Tataurangi says.
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