Date: Friday, 20 May 2016

The 2015/16 Southland Sports Award finalists have been announced and eight are from Cycling Southland.

Thirty two finalists were revealed at a special function at Stadium Southland on Thursday night.

They represented sports ranging from basketball to boxing, athletics to alpine ski racing and plenty more in between.

All up 18 different sports have been included in the finalists and Sport Southland Chief Executive Brendon McDermott has been hugely impressed with the standard.

"Every one of these finalists has produced exceptional results over the qualifying period," he said.

 "Looking at the list, it makes you truly proud to be a Southlander. One of the aims of the ILT-sponsored Southland Sports Awards is to inspire the Southland sporting community, but I think these people and teams really inspire the whole province – regardless of whether you're involved in sport or not, these finalists show that you can achieve huge things from Southland."

Southland Amateur Sports Trust Chairman Tom Pryde said there had been an extremely high calibre of nominations across all categories this year.

"There have been so many outstanding performances during the past year that to be named a finalist is really a huge achievement in itself," he said.

"It's so exciting to see the talent spanning the ages. From junior level right through to masters, Southland boasts a wealth of exceptional athletes, coaches, teams, administrators and officials." 

"It's also great to see so many different sports represented, which shows there is talent right across the board."

The Southland Sports Awards will be held on Friday June 17 at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill. The awards celebrate performances between April 1, 2015 and March 31 2016.

Along with the winners of seven categories (Senior, Junior, Team, Coach, Administrator, Official and Masters), winners of the Sport Southland Services to Sport Awards and the 

winner of the People's Choice Sporting Moment of the Year will also be announced on the night. 

SOUTHLAND SPORTS AWARDS FINALISTS

Senior sportsperson of the year

Genevieve Behrent – Rowing

Alanna Columb – Downhill MTB

Eddie Dawkins – Cycling

Laura Thompson – Cycling/Para-Cycling

Lima Sopoaga – Rugby

Shannon Francois – Netball

Junior sportsperson of the year

Jack Beaumont – Athletics

Emma Cumming – Cycling

Brad Knipe – Cycling

Atipa Mabonga – Athletics

Sammy Murrell – Football

Flynn Thomas – Rugby

Elizabeth Reid – Alpine Ski Racing

Team of the year

SGHS First XV – Rugby

Southland Sharks - Basketball

Southland U21 Women – Touch

Southland Women's Masters – Golf

Aiden Thwaites and Shane Twiss - Speedway

Coach of the year

Dave Beadle and Sid Cumming – Cycling

Paul Henare – Basketball

John O'Connor – Rowing

Dennis Thompson – Touch

Karl Watson – Cycling

Administrator of the year

Greg Sheppard – Tennis

Karyn Flett – Squash

Tom O'Connor – Boxing

Official of the year

Wayne Shieffelbein – Motorsport

Kristie Simpson – Netball

Masters achievement

Erin Criglington – Cycling

Gail Kirkman – Athletics

Simon Callaghan – MTB

Debbie Telfer – Athletics/Cross Country

Article courtesy Stuff

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