Sporting success recognised

The senior mixed touch team will look to go one better at nationals this year.

A total of 21 merit awards and 90 blues awards were given out at the Mahurangi College Sports Blues Awards on October 19.

The event saw Tonya Botherway receive the Frost Plate for Sportswoman of the Year and Joseph Farnsworth the Edmonds Cup for Sportsman of the Year.

Tonya’s achievements included representing New Zealand as part of the secondary schools mixed touch rugby tournament team, as well as making the North Harbour U18A girls hockey side.

In athletics, she was first in the North Harbour senior girls triple jump, long jump and 100m sprint.

Joseph Farnsworth was recognised for his success on the ski fields, winning the Waimarino Cup as well as being the U18 national youth series winner for 2016 in slalom and giant slalom.

Team of the Year went to the senior mixed touch team, which came first in North Harbour and inter-zone regional champs this year, as well as second in the New Zealand Secondary School Touch Nationals last year.

“I thought it was a great evening that highlighted the amazing talent that our students have,” physical education head of faculty Gill Kearins said.

“They should all be very proud of their achievements and it is a sign of how positive the sporting future of the school is looking.”

The night also welcomed guest speaker Willie Los’e, a former Blues and Tongan national team rugby player.

Now a Rugby Sevens commentator for Sky Sport, Willie told stories from his past and gave advice about how to achieve to a high level in sport.