November 24, 2016
Maori awards scale Olympic heights
The Maori sports awards are on this weekend with another crop of champions and high achievers to be celebrated.
Convenor Dick Garrett says as always he’s impressed by the wide range of sports that Maori take on and the impact they make not just in this country but around the world.
He felt a special thrill at this year’s Olympic Games contingent.
"I suppose the pinnacle for us is to see of the total team 21 per cent of the team were Maori. 43 Maori were represented at the Rio summer Olympics. We had four in the Paralympics, seven officials and we had two Maori representing Australia," he says.
Dick Garrett says it’s great to see some Maori teenagers at the top of their game, but there was also satisfaction in how veteran axeman Jason Wynyard was able to overcome injury and axe problems to last weekend take the title of best individual wood chopper in the world for the eighth time.
Radio Waatea will cover the awards tomorrow night as they happen.
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