An overflowing field of local sporting talent gathered in Cromwell for the annual Central Otago Sports Awards on Friday.
region’s athletes who shone brightly during the 2018 sporting year and acknowledged accomplished sporting figures who have provided valued years of service.
Wanaka athletes were the big winners on the night including alpine skier and paralympic double gold medallist Adam Hall who was named supreme winner and senior sportsman of the year.
Cyclist Mikayla Harvey was named senior sportswoman of the year.
Meanwhile, young prodigies Nico Porteous and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott were named junior sportsman and sportswoman of the year respectively after their historic performances at last year’s Winter Games in South Korea.
Wanaka’s New Zealand High Performance Park and Pipe coaching team of Mitch Brown, Mike Hanley, Tommy Pyatt, Sean Thompson, Bruce Wells and Tom Willmott were awarded coach of the year.
Alexandra cycling administrator Andrea Lippers won the newly-created senior spirit of Central Otago award for her tireless efforts as race secretary.
Long-time Alexandra rugby figure Wayne Soper was awarded the John Fitzharris Services to Sport Award award for his contribution to the region which has spanned nearly four decades.
Alexandra karate kid Aja Tate-Bell won the Junior Spirit of Central Otago award for her “courage and determination” to continue with the sport after some personal setbacks.
Other highlights of the night included three Q&A sessions, led by MC Craig “Ferg” Ferguson, with Cromwell woodchopping ace Brad Pako, Ranfurly hockey coach Geraldine Duncan and former Black Cap, now sports broadcaster, Craig Cumming.