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Water sports made a splash at the Albany Blues Awards, with top New Zealand swimmer and surf lifesaver Laura Quilter taking out BNZ Albany Campus Sportswoman of the Year. Black Sticks hockey player Alex Shaw won the BNZ Albany Campus Sportsman of the Year.
They were joined by yachting legends Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh who won the BNZ Distance Sportswomen of the Year, and cyclist Matthew Archibald, who won BNZ Distance Sportsman of the Year.
The Men’s Team of the Year Award went to Massey University Men’s Division 1 Hockey team, and the Women’s Team of the Year was the Massey Women’s First XI football team – both teams are based at the Manawatū campus.
It’s the second year in a row that Ms Quilter, a Bachelor of Communications student, has won the award. She represents New Zealand in swimming and surf lifesaving, and at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games this year she was part of the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay team that finished fourth in the final. In November 2013 she set a World Record in the 50 metre Manikin carry at the Germany Cup event. Ms Quilter was travelling in Asia and sent a message of thanks.
Mr Shaw is studying towards a Bachelor of Business Studies and plays as a defender in the New Zealand Black Sticks. He made his New Zealand debut in 2012, and was part of the team that finished fourth at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He was also a member of the 2014 Hockey World Cup team that finished seventh. So far he has 59 international caps for New Zealand. As he was playing hockey in Belgium, Mr Shaw’s award was collected by his parents, Neil and Alaine Shaw.
Guest speaker for the evening was Professor Gary Hermansson, team sports psychologist at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and professor in sport psychology. The master of ceremonies was Massey alumnus and 3News sports reporter Hamish McKay.
This year 112 Blues trophies and pins were presented to athletes across the university. Trophies are presented to first-time recipients, with a pin presented in subsequent years.
Earlier in the week at the Manawatū Blues Awards ceremony, New Zealand bowls player Mandy Boyd was named the BNZ Manawatū Campus Sportswoman of the Year. Ms Boyd secured a bronze medal in this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the Women’s Triples and was part of the team that won the National Open Championships in the Women’s Fours event. She recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours.
The BNZ Manawatū Campus Sportsman of the Year award went to softball star Callum Elson, who is in his first year of a Bachelor of Design (Honours) with a major in Industrial Design. The Auckland under-19 representative catcher played in the Junior Black Sox team that finished second in the under-19 World Series in Yukon, Canada, in July.
The list of all 2014 Blues recipients is as follows:
BNZ Massey University Albany Campus Sportswoman of the Year
Laura Quilter – Swimming & Surf Lifesaving
BNZ Massey University Albany Campus Sportsman of the Year
Alex Shaw – Hockey
BNZ Massey University Manawatū Campus Sportswoman of the Year
Mandy Boyd – Bowls
BNZ Massey University Manawatū Campus Sportsman of the Year
Callum Elson – Softball
Massey University Distance Sportswomen of the Year
Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie – Yachting
Massey University Distance Sportsman of the Year
Matthew Archibald – Cycling
Massey University Men’s Sports Team of the Year
Massey University Division One Men’s Hockey Team - Manawatū
Massey University Women’s Sports Team of the Year
Massey Women’s First XI Football Team - Manawatū
Outstanding Contribution Award
Geoff Thompson – Rugby
Nafiu Nizar – Badminton
Artistic Roller Skating: Kate Spencer
Athletics: Zoe Ballantyne, Ariana Blackwood, Richard Callister, Alex Jordan, Jordan Peters, Ashleigh Sando, Lucy van Dalen, Phillip Wyatt, Ben Langton Burnell
Badminton: Michelle Kit Ying Chan, Anona Pak
Bowls: Mandy Boyd
Canoe Slalom: Luuka Jones, Kelly Travers
Canoe Sprint: Lisa Carrington, Scott Bicknell
Cricket: Kate Broadmore, Craig Cachopa, Dane Cleaver, Henry Collier
Cycling: Emma Crum, Cameron Karwowski, Matthew Archibald, Lauren Ellis, Stephanie McKenzie, Paige Paterson, Sophie Williamson
Equestrian: Catherine West, Lauren Alexander, Bonnie Farrant, Nicola French, Tayla Mason, Denise Egging
Fencing: Stephanie Wyllie
Football: Rhonda Bridges, Sarah Gregorius, Emily McColl, Erin Nayler, Kirsty Yallop
Hockey: Marcus Child, Blair Hilton, Gemma Flynn, Hugo Inglis, Jenny Storey, Michaela Curtis, Samantha Charlton, Eryn Crombie, Glenn Eyers, Nicole Schaef, Mitchell Cronin, Alex Shaw, Simon Child
Inline Hockey: Julian Beardman
Karate: Rebecca Watkin
Kayaking: Darryl Fitzgerald
Off-Road Triathlon: Hannah Wells
Rowing: Alistair Bond, Claudia Hyde, Johannah Kearney, Nathan Flannery, Sarah Gray, Toby Cunliffe-Steel, Grace Prendergast, Sophie Mackenzie, Julia Edward, James Hunter, Michael Arms
Rugby: Kate Broadmore, Marissa Clough, Jessica Lampe, Hamish Paterson, Nick Crosswell, Nick Grogan, Shakira Baker, Brittany Coates
Rugby Sevens: Shakira Baker, Marissa Clough, Mark Jackman, Sarah Goss, Brittany Coates
Sailing: Molly Meech
Smallbore Rifle Shooting: Anne-Marie Shaw
Snowboarding: Rebecca Sinclair
Softball: Jeremy Manley, Callum Elson
Squash: Rebecca Barnett, Danielle Fourie, Sion Wiggin
Swimming: Charlotte Webby, Dylan Dunlop-Barrett, Mitchell Donaldson, Mary Fisher, Hayley Edmond, Tash Hind, Laura Quilter
Surf Life-Saving: Tash Hind, Laura Quilter
Table Tennis: Natalie Paterson
Taekwon-Do: Estelle Speirs, Michael Davis, Devon O’Connor
Tenpin Bowling: Kaleb Allardyce
Touch: Brittany Coates
Trampolining: Jonathan Weatherly
Triathlon: Penelope Hayes
Water Polo: Anton Sunde
White Water Kayaking: Callum Gilbert, Malcolm Gibson
Yachting: Jo Aleh, Polly Powrie, Erica Dawson
Created: 17/10/2014 | Last updated: 17/10/2014
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