Mahurangi College has announced its sports awards for 2021. The college was unable to hold a ceremony due to Covid-19 restrictions but has put together a dedicated page online. Sportswoman of the Year went to Briana Paea for having made the national under-20 women’s touch rugby team, the North Harbour under-18 girls and open women’s teams, and the Northern Strikes women’s team. Paea also played netball for North Harbour. The Sportsman of the Year is Seb Smith having won his grade at the national gym sport competition, placing first in the synchronised trampoline event. The Sports Team of the Year award went to the 2020 senior mixed touch team, which placed second at nationals, losing the top spot by just two points. See all the awards at www.mahurangi.school.nz.
Puhoi SC eyes pre-season
Northern Regional Football has announced a provisional pre-season start date of February 5. The Puhoi Sports Club’s first football team will begin training on Tuesday, January 18. The latest draws have scheduled home games for the Puhoi club on the following Saturdays – February 12, February 19, February 26, March 5, March 12, March 19 and March 26. Those interested in playing should contact coach Luke McIntyre on 021 209 5494.
Well-known sheepdog trialist dies
The Mangawhai and Kaiwaka communities are mourning the passing of Robert Hastie. Robert was a long-time farmer in Mangawhai, a member of the Mangawhai Rural Fire Service and a renowned sheepdog trialist at the Molesworth Sheepdog Trial Club.
Fishing kayak winner
Kawau Bay Fishing Club has drawn its raffle for a Phoenix fishing kayak and two fishing rods, and the winner is Charlie Hall of Scotts Landing. Charlie bought a ticket to the raffle despite not being a member of the club and is “extremely grateful” to have won. His two children will “no doubt” be seen out on the water in it. To join the club, contact email@example.com.
Harbour Sport is offering a basic “values-based” coach development programme for coaches at clubs, schools or other sports organisations. The programme looks at leadership, effective coaching and self-awareness. Questions and registrations of interest to coach Shaun Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
$15 million for sports clubs
Auckland Council has opened a $15.3 million fund, which is available for applications from sports clubs and other recreational facilities. Applications should address sport or recreation infrastructure shortfalls, respond to changing participation preferences, deliver value for money by leveraging third party investment and get Aucklanders more active. Expressions of interest are due by December 12. Council will invite strong applicants to proceed in more detail in February. Apply at: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/grants-community-support-housing/grants/regional-grants/