Nelson’s sporting elite celebrated

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Stoke sprinter Liam Malone’s coming out party at the Rio Paralympics has seen him named Nelson Sportsperson of the Year at the Nelson Sports Awards at a sold out event at Annesbrook Church tonight.

The 22-year-olds two gold medals and a silver over the sprint distances in Rio made him a predictable but deserving winner after he was given a key to Nelson in a public reception just a matter of weeks ago.

Lightweight single-scull rower, Zoe McBride, who defended her world title in convincing fashion, won Sportswoman of the Year.

Junior Sportsman of the Year went to cricketer Josh Clarkson, who has just made the Central Districts contracted players’ list for this season and played for the New Zealand Under-19 team.

Caitlin Delany’s national title in the pool and a US College scholarship saw her named Young Sports Woman of the Year after a breakout year in 2016.

Athletics coach Brodie Hewlett took Coach of the Year honours,

The Nelson Over-35 men’s masters hockey team won Team of the Year with the Nelson Under-19 women’s coxed four winning Junior Team of the Year,

Swimmer Bishop Derek Eaton was named Masters Sportsperson of the Year.

Allan Brodie (volleyball), Alex Coombs-King (underwater hockey), Richard Hayward (cricket), Warwick King (underwater hockey), Jacqui and Kerry Stratford (ski racing), Trish Wehner (tennis), Sylvia Wesney (squash) and Jan Wilson (hockey) all won Lifetime Achievement to Sport Awards.

The guest speak was New Zealand track cyclist Eddie Dawkins