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Softballers take top honours at The Trusts Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards


Heinrick and Patrick Shannon, both of the Waitakere Bears Softball Club, are the winners of The Trusts Supreme Award for 2013, in The Trusts Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards.

Heinrick and Patrick won the Steinlager Sportsman of the Year category heading off more than 100 nominees to secure the top award. They join some very elite company with a list of past supreme winners that includes rugby 7’s star DJ Forbes, discus World Champion Beatrice Faumuina, All Blacks Mils Muliaina & Kees Meuws, Black Cap Martin Guptill, Kick-Boxing legend Ray Sefo, Commonwealth/Olympic Games Swimmer Melissa Ingram and Olympic Gold Medallist Mahe Drysdale.

Surf lifesaving made a clean sweep of the supporters’ awards: Lauren Gibbs of Bethells Beach Surf Life Saving Patrol is the Foster Signs Sport Volunteer of the Year; Mary Brooks, also of the Bethells Beach Surf Life Saving Patrol, was named the Driveline Administrator of the Year; Johnny Clough, of United North Piha Lifeguard Service, is Sentra Printing Official of the Year and Mark Bourneville of the Piha Surf Life Saving Club, is Douglas Pharmaceuticals Coach of the Year.

Power lifter Steve King, of Auckland Powerlifting Association, is the 2013 Cre8te Masters Sportsperson of the Year.
Western Leader Sportswoman of the Year is Krystal Forgesson of the SLAM Hockey Club.

The Lion Foundation Junior Sportswoman of the Year is Tyla Nathan-Wong, a three time New Zealand representative as a member of the NZ Women’s Rugby Sevens, NZ Women’s Touch Blacks and NZ Women’s Tag Football teams. Tyla also won the Auckland Council Maori Achievement Award.

West City Holden Junior Sportsman of the Year is Connor London, of the Auckland Motorcycle Club.

The Italian Stone Pacific Island Achievement Award went to Gabrielle Fa’amausili, of the Laser Swimming Club.

Tallulah Scahill of St Dominic’s Catholic College, took the UNITEC Youth Leadership in Sport Award.

The CANAM Construction Team of the Year is Piha Surf Life Saving Club Pistols U23 Men and the ANZ Club of the Year is Bethells Surf Life Saving Patrol.

The Trusts, which from this year has been the principal sponsor of the Awards, congratulates all the winners and the many nominees, and thanks the other sponsors. We also congratulate Sport Waitakere on 17 years of fantastic celebration of the best of sport in West Auckland.