CALLING all South Taranaki sports groups.

CALLING all South Taranaki sports groups.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sports organisations around the district are being alerted to the call for nominations for the annual Paddy Manu Sports Awards that recognise sporting excellence. 

Nominations for the awards have just opened and will close on May 12.

Convenor Malcolm Greenhill is urging sporting organisations from around the district to put nominations forward.

“The organisers emphasise that this award is for sportspeople from all over South Taranaki,” he said.

A masters’ category for athletes over the age of 40 has been introduced this year. There are four other categories, senior and junior sportsperson of the year, volunteer of the year, and coach of the year.

Mr Greenhill said the new category would broaden the appeal of the awards and offered the opportunity to recognise the success of older sportspeople.

Mr Greenhill says the awards have grown in stature since the first one was held in 2000.

Last year’s winner of the open award was athlete Daniel Fake. Soccer player Chloe Geurts was the junior winner, longtime tennis player Garth Savage was the volunteer of the year, amd basketball coach Graeme Mehrtens won the coach of the year award. 

Previous open winners have included rifle shooters Denva Galloway and Dayle Slinn, international motocross rider Daryl Hurley, kneeboarder Kelvin Weir, wrestler Sami Werder, rugby player Shane Cleaver, veteran athlete Pat Mills, and basketballer Daniel Brookes.

The awards are open to individual sportsmen and sportswomen person residing in the South Taranaki district. Previous nominees and winners are eligible for this year’s awards.

The winners will be announced at an awards evening in Hawera on June 13.

The awards, which are in their 12th year, are sponsored by the South Taranaki Star and the Hawera Rotary Club. Support has also been given in the past by the Rodie Trust, the South Taranaki District Council, and racing personality and farmer Dan Myers.

They commemorate a popular South Taranaki sportsman, Paddy Manu Jr, who died suddenly in 1998. 

Paddy Manu Jr Memorial Trophy for Sporting Excellence


The Paddy Manu Sports Awards for Excellence in Sport Trust seeks nominations for this annual award, which was established in 2000.

The award is open to individual sportsmen and sportswomen who reside within the South Taranaki District Council area. The categories are:

Senior, junior, masters, coach, and volunteer.

Winners will be announced at a function at The Hub on Monday, June 13 2011.

Nomination forms can be obtained at the offices of the South Taranaki Star, Regent St, Hawera,  from Malcolm Greenhill, Ph 06 278 6868, or by clicking here.

Nominations close at 4pm on Thursday May 12, at the offices of The Star, by post to 26 Waihi Rd Hawera 4610, or by email to