Earlier today, Anthea Gunner-Dixon announced on Facebook that she had been named a Marriots Canterbury Sports Awards Sportsperson with a Disability finalist. She is nominated alongside Athletics Canterbury’s Caitlin Dore, Canoe Racing New Zealand’s Scott Martlew and Swim Canterbury’s Sophie Pascoe.
Last year, Dixon competed at the FEI World Equestrian Games, riding on Doncartier, where she finished seventh in the Individual Results Grade II – Team Test and competed in the individual test. After a long period abroad competing, she returned to New Zealand in September. At the Parafed Canterbury awards dinner in November, she was named the Sportsperson of the Year and was an elite scholarship recipient. She competed at in 2014 included the North Loburn Equestrian Centre’s Christmas. The Grade II competitor finished the year ranked 40th in the world among all 194 male and female para-equestrian competitors across all classes. Gunner-Dixon also teaches riding classes in her spare time.
The award winner will be based on sport performance from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. The winner will be announced at the Wigram Air Force Museum in Christchurch on March 6.