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2014 Parafed Waikato Awards nominees announced

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Earlier today, Parafed Waikato announced the list of nominees for the Parafed Waikato Awards Evening. The finalists will be announced at SkyCity Hamilton on August 1.


The purpose of the event is to recognise outstanding sportspeople and those supporting disability sport in the Waikato  region of New Zealand. Darren Mills is scheduled to be the event’s MC, and current International Paralympic Committee Board member and New Zealand Chef-de-mission Duane Kale  is scheduled to be a guest speaker.  

Several Waikato area sportspeople nominated are not able to attend because of previous sporting commitments. Swimmer Nikita Howarth and lawn bowler Lynda Bennett will be in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, and wheelchair rugby players Robbie Hewitt and Peter Martin are scheduled to be in Denmark for the start of IWRF World Championships.


The nominees include:

C1 South Volunteer of the Year 

  • Peter Klinkhamer (Wheelchair Rugby)
  • Rene Eales (Shooting)
  •  Bishwajit Roy (Boccia and Fitness Revolution)

Official of the Year 

  • Tony Dinnington (Wheelchair Rugby)
  • Bev May (Cycling)
  • Carol Armstrong (Boccia)


MediBank Health Solutions Coach of the Year 

  • Alan McDonald (Athletics)
  •  David Sheely (Shooting)
  •  Ken Nixon (Swimming)

Tichemja Trust Team of the Year 

  •  Waikato Wheelchair Rugby Team
  •  Morrinsville Wheelers Paracycling Team
  •  Waikato Wheelchair Basketball Senior Team

Seating to Go Emerging Talent of the Year 

  •  Jason Eales (Shooting)
  •  Cameron Frew (Shooting)
  •  Clinton-Joel Takiari (Wheelchair Basketball)


Life Unlimited Junior Sportsperson of the Year 

  •  Nikita Howarth (Swimming)
  •  Jacob Phillips (Athletics)
  •  Jesse Reynolds (Swimming)

Perry Group Sportsperson of the Year 

  •  Tim Williams (Paracycling)
  •  Sue Reid (Paracycling)
  •  Tiffiney Perry (Paracycling)
Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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