Emma Twigg, pictured in February during her Sporting Moment of the Year triumph at the Halberg Awards. On Saturday, she was named the overall winner of the Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards. Photo / Photo port
Tokyo Olympic gold medalist rower Emma Twigg has been named the winner of the Supreme Sport Award at the 2022 Forsyth Barr Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards.
The announcement of his victory took place during the awards ceremony at the Pettigrew Green Arena, Taradale on Saturday evening.
With the intervention of Covid-19 in the usual annual cycle, normally held in May, the 2022 prices covered a period of approximately 18 months.
Twigg, a 35-year-old former Head Girl of Napier Girls’ High School – who is based in Waikato but continued to race under Hawke’s Bay Rowing Club colors nationally – won the women’s singles at the 2014 World Championships and World Rower of the Year, but had to wait until last year to win at her fourth Olympics (the 2020 Olympics, staged in 2021).
It was a win that was acclaimed by public vote as the Sporting Moment of the Year at the National Halberg Awards in February, and in June Twigg was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit at the queen birthday 2022 and platinum jubilee honours. .
To get the top prize, she first had to win the Sportswoman of the Year title ahead of fellow finalists Tom Mackintosh, a member of the eight gold medalist in rowing, and canoe sprint world champion Aimee Fisher. .
Also in the running for the top prize were Lance Bayliss, Master Sportsman of the Year; Junior Team of the Year, Hawke’s Bay Athletics Gisborne Men’s Under 18 4x100m; Senior Team of the Year, New Zealand Doubles Champions James Brott and Oscar Ruston; Hannah Hunt, New Zealand representative in canoe polo; and two-time Disabled Sportsman of the Year, athlete, swimmer and golfer Guy Harrison.
The new official of the year is rugby referee Nick Hogan. Mark Ozich and Josh Syms were each recognized as Coach of the Year for Hawke’s Bay Magpies performances in 2021. Hawke’s Bay Triathlon was named Grassroots Club of the Year; Volunteer of the Year was Wim Barendsen of Canoe Polo; and the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union was named Sports Organization of the Year.
Hockey veteran Shea McAleese has become the latest inductee into the Hawke’s Bay Sports Hall of Fame after a 17-year international career playing 320 games for New Zealand’s men’s Black Sticks, including four Olympic outings, four Games Commonwealth and four World Cup tournaments.
Rowing coach Doc McDonald and Newstalk sportscaster ZB Hawke’s Bay Ross Holden are the latest recipients of the Glenn Cook Technology Lifetime Contribution to Sport. For over 70 years McDonald has been involved in rowing across New Zealand, while Holden has been in broadcasting since joining Bay City Radio in 1985.
Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kahungunu won the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated Activating Te Matau a Māui award for Te Putake, a project set up to provide Māori rangatahi with the opportunity to participate in sports and physical activities and aim for a greater participation in sport. in the three kura at Te Matau in Maui.
The Community Initiative of the Year award was won by Central Hawke’s Bay District Council for Waka Tākaro, which was designed and built in June 2021 and is equipped with a range of everyday resources enabling children and adults to play, be active and inspire their imagination.
Canoe polo player Meaghan Broad was named the top prize winner at the Hawke’s Bay Secondary Schools Athletic Awards on Thursday, after being named Female Sportswoman of the Year. Also at the Schools Awards, golfer Zack Swanwick was named Male Sportsman of the Year; The Team of the Year was Napier Boys High School Rugby 1st XV; and track and cross-country stalwart Sheila Smidt was named coach of the year.
Official of the Year went to football’s Jewel Titter, and Iona College’s Harriet Lynch was recognized for student contribution to the sport in hockey, swimming, cross country, track and field and touch.