Wanaka paddleboarder supreme champion

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@alliedpress.co.nz

Wanaka paddleboarder Annabel Anderson has been named the supreme winner at the House of Travel Central Otago Sports Awards.

Anderson was announced as the winner at the awards ceremony in Wanaka on April 13.

An awards statement said Anderson had fought off tough competition to be named the senior sportswoman of the year, before claiming the supreme title and the Bruce Grant Memorial Trophy.

The awards were based on the 2017 sporting year in which Anderson finished as the No1 paddleboarder in the world – the first female to take the title.

Other achievements included winning the New Zealand championships for the seventh consecutive year, as well as winning a host of international events and being nominated as a finalist in the Halberg Awards.

She also had sporting success outside of paddleboarding, winning the Bannockburn Classic Adventure Ride, the Red Bull Defiance mountain bike race and The Gutbuster mountain bike event.

Queenstown jet-boater Mark Agnew won the senior sportsman title after winning the CX class world championship jet-boat marathon and finishing sixth overall.

The junior sportsman and sportswoman titles were won by Queenstown snowboarder Tiarn Collins and Wanaka snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott respectively.

Collins consistently finished in the top 10 at international events while Sadowski-Synnott won three world cup events and a bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. She was also named Snow Sports New Zealand snowboarder of the year and Snow Sports NZ overall athlete of the year.

The Southern Stampede ice hockey team was named team of the year title after a top season in which it was crowned national champion, while Wanaka snowboard coach Mitch Brown won the coach of the year award for his work with local snowboarders, including Sadowksi-Synnott.

The John Fitzharris services to sport award went to Cromwell’s Trevor Gaston for his contribution to the sport of touch for the past 35 years.