November 30, 2015
Depth impresses in sports’ awards
The organiser of the Maori Sports Awards says the depth of talent shown across the board promises great things for Maori sport in the future.
The gala event returned to Turangawaewae marae in Ngaruawahia for its 25th anniversity.
The Hurricanes Nehe Milner-Skudder took out the premier prize for his achievements in not only helping his franchise reach the Super Twelve final but then storming into the All Blacks and becoming the breakthrough player in the Rugby World Cup.
Golfer Michael Campbell and canoeist Lisa Carrington won lifetime achievement awards.
Organiser Dick Garrett says he was also impressed with the strength in coaching area, which was won by Otago coach Jamie Joseph.
He was up against outgoing Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu, Steve Kearney with the Kiwis, Shane Bond with the Black Caps and Paul Henare with basketball.
Dick Garrett says next year the Maori Sports Awards will probably return to the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.
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