Wanaka’s golden Winter Olympian Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has won Central Otago’s supreme sports award, the Bruce Grant Memorial Trophy, ahead of a clutch of outstanding snow sports stars and coaches from the district.
The Southern Lakes Motors Central Otago Sports Awards 2022 celebrates sporting success from April 1, 2021, to March 31.
The timeframe includes the Beijing Winter Olympics Games, where Sadowski-Synnott won a gold in snowboard slopestyle and a silver in the big air, and snow sports athletes dominated last night’s ceremony.
Sadowski-Synnott also won the district’s senior sportswoman award.
Other awards went to five-times Paralympic medallist and alpine skier Adam Hall (top para athlete) and Winter Olympics gold-medal-winning freeskier Nico Porteous (senior sportsman).
Both also live in Wanaka.
Queenstown’s Ruby Andrews won the junior sportswoman award. She is the present junior world champion in freeski slopestyle.
Wanaka’s Gustav Legnavsky won the junior sportsman award. He is the junior world champion in freeski halfpipe, and competed at Beijing alongside Porteous.
Spirit awards went to Alexandra’s Neve Spooner (junior) and Wanaka’s Ben Richards (senior).
The team of the year was the Wakatipu High School & Whakatipu Rowing Club U16 boys coxed quad Toby Rorrison, Xavier Small, Ashton White, Marley King Smith and Emily Howick (cox), who won a gold medal at Maadi Cup this year.
Sadowski-Synnott’s lead coach, Sean Thompson, was named coach of the year, while the John Fitzharris trophy for top administrator went to Malcolm Jones.
Kiwi rowing great Hamish Bond, of Dunedin, was the speaker at last night’s function at the Lake Wanaka Centre.
It was one of Central Otago’s first big events since Covid-19 restrictions loosened.
The Bruce Grant Memorial Trophy is selected from the winners of the senior and junior, Para and teams categories.