2022 Top Sports Awards Winners

Special recognition for 5 Years Service to Sport:

Naomi Lee - Boys Hockey & Hockey Development

Greg Lee - Boys Hockey

George Strickland - Netball & Basketball

Deslea Wrathall Student Official of the Year

Tiana Tuivaiti

Tiana is a year 10 student who attended our Aotea College basketball referee development programme in 2021 and she has completed the BBNZ online referee programme and has worked tirelessly to improve her referee development and had mentoring from Elijah Mareko throughout this time. In 2022 Tiana successfully showed that she could referee our senior premier basketball teams and was assigned to work with them throughout the season.

Student Coach of The Year

Cam Linkhorn

This has been Cam’s second year coaching junior boys basketball.

It is the first time that Aotea College has had a student coach lead two different teams in two different divisions to back to back perfect seasons.

He finishes his coaching time at Aotea College with a total of 9 wins no losses and  374 points in 2022 to back up the 11 wins no losses and  408 points from 2021 giving him a combined 20 wins 0 losses and a 782 points over those two years. 

Cam earns the players respect through leadership and passion for the game.

Gary Marshall Cup Service to Sport

Jess McManaway

Jess has been involved in sport for her five years at Aotea College with Athletics and playing, coaching and refereeing Netball. She consistently steps up and helps whenever she is asked.

This year Jess recognised the need for junior girls to be more engaged in sport.  She  organised and ran a Kotiro participation day, not just for Aotea College students but for junior girls from Porirua College, Whitby Collegiate, Te Kura Maori Porirua, Mana College and Bishop Viard.

The emphasis was on getting those Kotiro from Year 9 and 10 who may be at risk of stopping sport come along to a day of fun activities, have fun, play with friends and hopefully keep them engaged in playing sport.

Jess liaised with senior students and staff from the attending schools and did all the administration needed to get the day up and running.

Over 20 teams participated in 4 sporting events. She enlisted a team of students to help with scoring, refereeing, and a bbq. Jess also ensured the event was well run with sponsors and  prizes.

This event is now set to become an annual fixture in our sporting calendar.

Brian Chapman Shield for Team of the Year

Senior A1 Badminton.

Assisted by Nilesh Adip, the majority of this team has played together for the last five years with Noor Daoud joining them in 2022. Each year the team has reached CSW regional finals and this year they won CSW Division 1.

This team has consistently shown dedication and commitment to improving their game with the goal to win a CSW championship. Noor won the Fair Play Award at the recent NZ Secondary School Badminton Championships.

Harry Ngata Shield All-Rounder of the Year

Jesse Kibblewhite

Jesse is a year 12 student who has played sport at Aotea College for 4 years and epitomizes being an all rounder in sport at Aotea. Jesse has played in 4 different sporting cohorts, he plays in the school 1st eleven cricket team, both Aotea College Indoor and Outdoor bowls teams, our Underwater Hockey Senior open team and the 1st eleven boys hockey team. Jesse is a great example of a student who has a wide range of sporting interests, he is a great role model for our younger players with his commitment & attitude to each sport.

Jesse was the top goal scorer for the first eleven hockey team and was awarded the MVP for his team at this year's Hockey Woolaston Trophy, he was awarded MVP for indoor bowls and he was a member of the CSW bowls pairs championship team.

Kevin Greig Coach of the Year

Greg Lee

Greg has coached the Aotea College boys for 5 years. Under Greg’s coaching the Aotea College Boys team were unbeaten for the 2020 and 2021 seasons, each year being promoted up a grade. In 2022 they played in the prestigious  Wellington Hockey Premier 2 grade.  

Greg coaches a very structured style of hockey where all players are used and developed and the focus is on passing - not dribbling, and patiently forcing errors whilst in defense. He has taught the boys set moves and also how to play the highly adaptable Olympic champions Belgium formation. Greg’s training sessions are high intensity with a key focus on getting the basics right. He will often give individual feedback and homework to players so they know which areas they need to work on.

Manager of the Year

Naomi Lee

Naomi has been the boys hockey manager for the past 5 years. She consistently goes above and beyond for the team with organizing, fundraising and communication with players and parents.

For the past two years she has also run a 6 week summer hockey programme which sees students in year 7 & 8 from our neighboring primary and intermediate schools come along and try hockey in a fun environment.

Due to Naomi’s hard work and commitment to Hockey, Aotea College now has a 2nd XI mixed hockey team and we look forward to Hockey continuing to grow and develop.

Naomi is always looking at ways to improve the hockey program and experience for our students. The well being of our players is the driving force for all she does.

Teresa Orr Junior Sportswoman of the Year

Ana Ellison-Lupena

Ana is a year 10 student who plays netball in the Junior A Navy team which won their division 2 final this season and  she also received the MVP for her team. Ana played in the A1 Senior Netball team for the Lower North Island Secondary School tournament where the team came in the top       .

Ana represented the school in Athletics at the CSW Regional Athletics Competition where she placed  3rd  in shotput and 1st discus for the intermediate girls.

She is an U18 Wellington Athletics representative  and came 10th in the Discus at Nationals. Wellington Athletics U16 girls 2nd Shot Put, 1st Discus, U14 Girls 2nd Shotput, 1st Discus.

Well done and congratulations Ana

Paul Latham Junior Sportsman of the Year

Lui To'omaga Tapuai 

A year 10 student, Lui represents the school in Athletics, he attended the 2022 Colgate games for Titahi Bay Athletic club competing in sprints, relay, long jump, shot put and discus. He played in the undefeated Junior A Basketball team who won their division and won MVP for his team. He was also invited and played at the Basketball NZ Central Cup Tournament with the Senior A boys basketball team during winter sports tournament week.

He was selected for the Wellington Samoan U15 Rep basketball team attending the Matariki tournament and the Pacific Nations Tournament. He is in the Splash basketball U16 Rep team that attended the Hoops Nations Classic.

Olivia Baker Shield for Sports Woman of the Year

Dakota - Jolee Asi-Hellfritz 

Dakota has been an outstanding member and a great contributor to Wellington's Representative golf teams and her club Premier team over the last few years and especially  in the last 12 months.

Dakota was a member of the Girls U21 Wellington team who won the Girls National Interprovincial title in October 2021.

In December 2021 Dakota then earned selection in the Women's representative team in the key No.5 , lead out position in the lineup and the team won the Women's National Interprovincial title.

In 2022 Dakota continued to be an important member of her Shandon premier Women's, club team, being key in Shandon adding to their 2021 championship success by securing the 2022 title in May this year.

Dakota is part of the  Wellington Women's 2021 National Championship winning side and was a finalist at the 2022 Wellington Sports awards.

Don Macfarlane Shield for Sportsman of the Year

Liam Neal

In April this year Liam competed in the NZ Canoe Racing Championships in Cambridge where 

he won 4 Gold medals in Under 18 K4 200m, Under 18 K4 500m, Novice K1 500m and Senior

Mixed Relay. He won 2 silver medals in the Novice K1 100m and Novice K1 1200m.

and finally a bronze medal in the Senior K4 relay 200m.

Liam was also awarded the Capital Coast Award of Excellence U18 LifeGuard of the year.

Congratulations to all students who participated in sport in 2022 and gave their best.

Nomination Forms

Please click on a form if you would like to nominate a student or offical for a sports award. Nominations run from 30 August 2022 to 01 September 2023.