Forsyth Barr Hawke's Bay Sports Award Winners

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Posted 28 May 2019

Forsyth Barr Hawke's Bay Sports Award Winners Announced 

The 2019 Forsyth Barr Hawke’s Bay Sport Awards held at Taradale’s Pettigrew.Green Arena attracted over 560 guests, all celebrating the achievements of individuals, teams, clubs and loyal serving volunteers. In total 59 individuals, sport teams and clubs contested 14 categories during the evening.   

New Zealand cyclist Regan Gough won the premier award at the Forsyth Barr Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards.  Regan has now won the Sportsperson of the Year Award twice, with the 2019 title following up his 2015 accolade. He is also a multiple winner at the Central Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards.

The Gough family name was also celebrated through the Sportsperson of the Decade from 2000 – 2009. Westley Gough was crowned Sportsperson of the Decade following his achievements over the decade including attending the 2008 Olympic Games held in Beijing.

Forsyth Barr Investment Adviser Matt Carney said, “As a New Zealand-owned investment advisory firm with a long history and a large presence in the Hawke’s Bay, we are proud to sponsor the Forsyth Barr Hawke’s Bay Sports Awards.  We congratulate all of the finalists and the winners in each category, particularly the Forsyth Barr Senior Sportsperson of the Year, , and the Sportsperson of the Decade, Westley Gough.”

Former New Zealand Tall Black and Bay Hawk Paul Henare was included into the Hall of Fame. Unable to attend due to his current coaching commitments, Henare spoke about his coaches during his time at Nelson Park School and Napier Boys’ High School and how fundamental skills learnt at this early stage put him in good stead for a successful career in one of the world’s largest sports.

Hawke’s Bay Hockey broke Hawke’s Bay Netball’s five-year stranglehold on the Nimon and Sons Sports Organisation of the Year. The regional sports organisation was recognised for their ongoing improvement and are now one of the largest participated sports in the region. Hockey also claimed Junior Sportsperson of the Year through the outstanding and talented New Zealand Black Stick Olivia Shannon.

Sport Hawke’s Bay Commercial Manager, Ryan Hambleton said “We have some outstanding sportspeople, volunteers, coaches and organisations in the region. With world champions through to nationally recognised volunteers sport in Hawke’s Bay is in a healthy state.  These awards are always one of the highlights of the Sport Hawke’s Bay calendar".

Forsyth Barr Hawkes Bay Sports Awards Team

Guest Speaker at the Awards evening and Forsyth Barr Independent Director, Tina Symmans, with the Forsyth Barr Napier and Hastings teams.
(From left to right: Chris Day, Lesley Carthew, Mike Lewis, Tina Symmans, Craig Lane, Magali Martin, Matt Carney, Kourtnee Bolton and Andrew White).


Full list of winners 

  • Administrator of the Year – Carl Larsen, Mountain Biking 
  • Nimon & Sons Sport Organisation of the Year– Hawke’s Bay Hockey 
  • Zeelandt Brewery Grassroots Club of the Year– Outkast Sports
  • Three Wise Birds Innovation in Sport & Recreation – Central Football 
  • Brebner Print Official of the Year – Joanna Burns, Swimming 
  • Kennedy Park Resort Napier Masters Sportsperson of the Year – Myka Nuku, Waka Ama
  • Vidal Estate Coach of the Year – Leon Birnie, Football
  • The Hits People’s Choice –  Jarrod Kenny, Basketball
  • Glenn Cook Technologies Lifetime Contribution to Sport – Colleen Ferrick, Bowls and Keith Bone, Swimming
  • Ngāti Kahungungu Iwi incorporated Impact on Maori Sport – Daniel de Thierry, Rugby League and Touch Rugby
  • Stirling Sports Junior Sports Team of the Year – Napier Boys’ High School 1st XV
  • EIT Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Olivia Shannon, Hockey
  • Paladin Disabled Sportsperson of the Year – Peter Cowan, Waka Ama
  • Tremains Senior Sports Team of the Year – Napier Tech Premier Cricket Team 
  • Forsyth Barr Senior Sportsperson of the Year – Regan Gough
  • Hawke’s Bay Today Hawke’s Bay Sportsperson of the Year – Regan Gough  


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