Christchurch Paralympic swimmer Sophie Pascoe was crowned sports performer of the
year for the second
time at the Attitude Awards last night. The awards celebrate the achievements of New
Zealanders living with disabilities and have grown out of the Attitude television
series, which screens on TVNZ. Pascoe said last night's award was "special and humbling",
even though it was the second time she had claimed the title sports performer of
the year - in 2008 she won the same award. The 18-year-old swimming champ broke two
world records at the Pan Pacific para-swimming championships in Canada in August
and said she "can't even remember how many medals" she came back with. "Winning last
night was actually very humbling because it was not just a sporting award. I was
up against people that do completely different things," she said.
The full time athlete
lost a lower leg in a lawnmowing accident when she was aged two. She is currently
touring the North Island on swim camp with the Paralympics New Zealand Swim Team
and has her sights set on the London Paralympics next year. "All I can ask for is
a personal best and hopefully that gets me on the podium," she said.
Disabled Category Added to Halberg Awards New Zealand's disabled athletes will be
recognised with a new award at the 2011 Halberg Awards. The Halberg Trust, which
has organised the annual awards for almost 50 years, has introduced a Disabled Sportsperson
of the Year category for the first time. Disabled athletes have always been able to
gain selection in the other categories with paraplegic archer Neroli Fairhall back
in 1983, disabled alpine skier Rachael Battersby (2002) and disabled swimmer Sophie
Pascoe (2008 and 2009) making Sportswoman category finalists. But the Trust decided
it was time for the growing number of this country's disabled athletes to have their
own category for Halberg Award honours.
Classified disabled athletes and teams only
are eligible for the award. Nominations for the Halbergs close at the end of this
month with the finalists named at the beginning of January 2012.
Farewell Brian Monds Early Saturday Brian Monds, that great servant of our family
passed away suddenly. Administrator, Tall Black Manager, Wheelies Manager, Referee,
Treasurer of the Wheelchair Board of Asia-Oceania, great lover of all Wheelchair
sport, Brian was always in the midst of our game. Basketball is a family game. Family
is important at each level of the game from FIBA to our local Clubs.
Monzee as we
all know him, has been in South Korea with the New Zealand Wheelchair basketball
team and for the Zone Congress. He flew back to New Zealand on Saturday with the
rest of the group, and died suddenly en route.
At the local level, Monzee was a long
time President of the Hamilton Basketball Association, and then worked with the Waikato
Basketball Council. An ardent supporter of Divisional basketball he developed the
most successful regional competition in the country during the 1980′s and early 1990′s.
He refereed throughout the region for decades. At the regional level he was the Treasurer
of Basketball Pacific. Nationally he is a former member of the Board of BBNZ, Wheelchair
Basketball, and the FIBA Asia-Oceania Wheelchair Zone. In recent time he was part
of the organising group of the Oceania Youth Tournament, and a volunteer at the FIBA
U19 World Championships. 12th November 2011
Lack of International basketball experience showed as the New Zealand Men’s Wheelchair
Basketball team collected the wooden spoon when it lost the 5th/6th play-off game
to Iraq 80-59 at the Asia Oceania Wheelchair Basketball qualifying tournament in
Goyang City, Korea. The teams had clashed on Tuesday with Iraq beating the Kiwis
76-71 after the game was tied 66-66 at end of normal time. New Zealand made a promising
start in its final pool play game against Chinese Taipei, trailing 31-33 at half-time
and 45-50 by the third quarter break. Inconsistent shooting proved costly, eventually
loosing 71-51. In the play-off game Iraq started strongly, leading 21-10 by quarter
time but New Zealand held their own in the second quarter but still trailed 36-25
at the break. Iraq outpointed the Kiwis in the third period and again New Zealand
had a strong final quarter. Cantabrians in the team, Reo Lewis (15) and John Weiser
(12), led the efforts for New Zealand.
Meanwhile third seed Japan caused a big upset
when it pipped top seed and host team Korea 78-77 in round robin play on Wednesday
to set up the Men’s Gold Medal encounter on Thursday against the unbeaten Australian
team. In the Men’s Gold medal play-off, refereed by Gavin Zimmerman of Christchurch,
the unbeaten Australians pulled out to a handy 30-9 first quarter lead and extended
it to 48-23 by the break. Japan came back a little in the last two quarters but Australia
took the Gold medal, winning 69-48.
Host team Korea thumped Chinese Taipei 80-48 in
the bronze medal game. There was a huge three way tie in the double round robin for
the Women but Japan missed out on the gold final on differential. In a game of changing
fortunes the Australian Women also took the Gold medal play-off edging out China
45-44 after China was ahead 34-32 at three quarter time. The top two men’s and women’s
teams qualify for the 2012 London Paralympics. Other pool play results were Australia
104 New Zealand 27, Korea 96 New Zealand 31, Japan 88 New Zealand 32, Iraq 76 New
Zealand 71 in extra-time, Chinese Taipei 71 New Zealand 51. Play-off 5th/6th: Iraq
80 New Zealand 59. For more information visit www.kwbf.or.kr/2011goyang/
IWRF Asia Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships Australia and Japan’s Wheelchair
Rugby teams solidified their places at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Tuesday
(8 November) after finishing first and second, respectively, at the Asia Oceania
Championships in Icheon, Korea. These results unfortunately have left the New Zealand
Wheel Blacks ranked 9th in the world and missing out on qualification for the London
2012 Paralympic Games.
Australia took the event title with a 59-41 victory over Japan
in the finals and finished the Championships undefeated, but the Japan’s 47-45 win
over New Zealand in the semi-final round was just enough for Japan to qualify for
London 2012 ahead of the kiwis. The heart-breaking game for New Zealand supporters
was the make-or-break game for the Wheel Blacks and they came agonizingly close finishing
just two points adrift. In the bronze-medal game, New Zealand defeated host nation
Korea, 62-44. Australia and Japan will now be a part of the eight-team draw at London
2012, which also includes the USA, Canada, Sweden, Belgium, France and Great Britain.
National Championships a Success in Hamilton The 38th Mitsubishi Motors PNZ National
Championships were held in Hamilton over the weekend of the 3rd – 6th November 2011.
This was the first time that the event had been held in Hamilton since 1999 and it
was a huge success not only for the 160 athletes who took part, but for the organisers,
volunteers and students who got involved. This bi-annual event is an opportunity for
representative athletes to compete alongside developing athletes and provides many
with the chance to compete at a national level for the first time, and has proven
to be the breeding ground for future Paralympians.
Overall award winners for performances
at the event were Francis Dick in the sport of Equestrian winning the Mitsubishi
Motors Trophy for outstanding performance and Nikita Howarth who won the prestigious
Graham Condon Future Paralympian Award for her performances in the sport of Swimming.
Francis finished with gold medals in the FEI Novice Test, the FEI Championship Test
, the FEI Musical Freestyle Test and the FEI Team Test. Nikita Howarth finished the
meet with four medals breaking four PNZ records on her way.
The team from Central
North Island (Waikato and Bay of Plenty) won bragging rights for the next two years
in claiming the Regional Team Trophy – their first team trophy since 1991. Second
place was the Auckland-Northland region followed by Canterbury in third place.
Canterbury Team photos - click here to see our Gallery 2011 Sir Richard Hadlee Sport
Canterbury Awards The 2011 Sir Richard Hadlee Sport Canterbury Awards were held at
the Canterbury CBS Arena Canterbury sports clubs were represented with a surprisingly
high number of nominees, given the particular challenges to grass roots sport in
retaining membership and sustaining growth over the past 12 months.
Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability finalists were: Holly Robinson - Athletics Rueben
Buzzard - Rugby Union Scott Martlew - Surf Life Saving Sophie Pascoe - Swimming
The winner of the Canterbury Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability was Sophie
Sophie Pascoe has won a gold in the SB9 100m breaststroke at the BT Paralympic World
Cup held in Manchester, England over the weekend. Pascoe won in a time of 1:20.83,
with Claire Cashmore (GBR) finishing second in a time of 1:21.63, and Louise Watkin
(GBR) finishing third in a time of 1:25.11