Trust House Wairarapa Secondary School Sports Awards results

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Hamill Harcourts Sportsperson of the Year

  • Alex Dahlberg – Makoura College – Contribution to Sport winner
  • Rathkeale College 1st XI Football – Sports Team of the Year
  • Mia Thomas – Wairarapa College – Sportswoman of the Year
  • Noah Boyce – Rathkeale College – Sportsman of the Year

Trust House Sportsman of the Year

  • Joe Quinn – Rathkeale College – Athletics & Rugby
  • Noah Boyce  Rathkeale College – Football
  • Liam Lamb  Wairarapa College  Athletics & Cross Country
  • Josh Taylor – Wairarapa College – Athletics & Cross Country

Trust House Sportswoman of the Year

  • Amy Rossiter-Stead - Wairarapa College – Hockey
  • Kate Sims - St Matthew’s Collegiate – Cricket, Netball, Swimming & Athletics
  • Safi Thompson - St Matthew’s Collegiate – Canoe Polo
  • Mia Thomas - Wairarapa College – Canoe Polo

Tranzit Coachlines Sports Team of the Year

  • Rathkeale College 1st XI Football team
  • Wairarapa College 1st XI Boys Football team
  • St Matthews Collegiate 1st XI Cricket team 
  • Wairarapa College 1st XI Boys Hockey team

Whaiora Contribution to Sport

  • Alex Julian - St Matthew’s Collegiate – Netball
  • Jayden Esekia - Savea - Rathkeale College – Basketball
  • Alex Dahlberg - Makoura College – Football
  • Claudia Hawkes - St Matthew’s Collegiate – Squash

 95.9 FM Emerging Sports

  • Lucy Marshall – Kuranui College – Equestrian
  • Hunter Wyeth – Rathkeale College – Squash
  • Ella Shannon – Solway College – Motocross
  • Vyktah Tamihana – Wairarapa College – Netball

Stirling Sports Junior Sportsperson of Year

  • Jack Hunter – Wairarapa College – Athletics, Cross Country & Road Running
  • Bridget Allan – Solway College – Swimming
  • Tommy Travers – Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Wairarapa – Swimming
  • Nina Kondo – Solway College – Football



Stirling Sports Sportsperson of the Year  Noah Boyce, Rathkeale College - Football


Trust House Sportsman of the Year – Noah Boyce, Rathkeale College - Football

Noah’s hard work on the football field has paid off and gained him much success over the past year.   As a member of the Rathkeale College 1st XI Football team they achieved top 5 in the Wellington Secondary School 1st XI premier grade, also placing 14th in New Zealand in the premier football tournament.  

Noah was selected to represent Capital football in the Under 16 team at the National Age group tournament, he had the honour of captaining them to a win against the six other Federation teams.  He was selected in the Team Wellington Under 19’s that played in the National Youth league in November 2018.  

Noah was named Wairarapa United Football Men’s vice-captain.  He also played and captained the Wairarapa United Under 17’s who compete in the Capital football league. He was selected in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Under 19’s who toured Australia and is currently trialling for Team Wellington Under 19’s to play in the 2019 National Youth league.


Trust House Sportswoman of the Year – Mia Thomas, Wairarapa College - Canoe Polo

Mia has reached heights of success in her canoe polo teams.   She is a member of the Wairarapa Open team and the Central Districts Women’s team.   Mia represented the Wairarapa in the National C Grade Open league finishing 10th. 

Mia was selected as the captain of the Under 18 Paddle Ferns A team that finished 5th in the Oceania Championships Women’s grade.   In addition to this championship, the team also competed in the Australian Interstate Championships 


Water Mart People’s Choice Award – Jarrod Yee  Kuranui College


Tranzit Coachlines Sports Team of the Year – Rathkeale College, 1st XI Football team

The Rathkeale College 1st XI Football team have had an outstanding season. Early on due to a side pulling out of the Wellington Secondary Schools competition the Rathkeale team were elevated to Division 1.    

They finished 5th in grading and qualified for the Lotto Premiership Tournament. The team finished 14th in the prestigious tournament, with wins against teams that had finished top in the Canterbury and Waikato regions. The team was undefeated in their traditional inter-school fixtures against Hutt International Boys, Whanganui Collegiate and Lindisfarne. The team finished 4th in the Trevor Rigby Premiere League which is the top league in Wellington Secondary Schools football.  

Individuals within the team have also had success with two players selected for national teams.  


Whaiora Contribution to Sport – Alex Dahlberg, Makoura College - Football

Alex is tireless in his dedication to football umpiring regionally and nationally.  

He is a referee in the Division 1, Central League and all other local competition.  Alex referees or assistant referees up to 4 days a week and when required travels to Wellington to assist with referee shortages.  

Alex was awarded the Wairarapa Times Age Junior Official of the Year for 2019. 

He was the assistant referee for the National Women's League, the Kate Sheppard Cup and the National Youth League. All of which have stringent New Zealand Football selection process and fitness requirements attached to them. 


Edge 95.9FM Emerging Sportsperson of the Year  Lucy Marshall, Kuranui College - Equestrian

Lucy is a member of the Wellington/Wairarapa Pony Club Eventing team, the Wairarapa Pony Club Mounter games team and the Manawatu Mounted Games team.   

Her eventing achievements include competing with her team in Auckland in April of this year, with her team placing 4th overall. Lucy was the highest-scoring in this competition in the 95cm category.   

Lucy has had huge success with her involvement in Mounted games. In 2018 she was 3rd in the Under 14 National Individuals, Reserve Champion Under 14 National Pairs and Reserve Champion Under 17 National teams.  This year Lucy was Champion Under 14 National Individuals, 7th Under 17 National teams and a credible 5th in the Open National teams against some of New Zealand’s best riders.


Stirling Sports Junior Sportsperson of Year Nina Kondo, Solway College - Football

Nina is proving to be a very valuable footballer achieving some outstanding selections and results at such a young age.  

Nina is a PIFA Academy member.  She was selected in the Wairarapa United Women’s League team with this team finishing runners up.   Nina was selected into the Capital Women’s League team and as part of this team is currently a nominee for Junior Player of the Year. 

Nina gained selection in the New Zealand Under 17 women’s football team who will compete at the FIFA Under 17 Women’s world cup in 2020.  This team travelled to a tournament in China in 2019 and came away with the Silver medal.  



Hamill Harcourts Sportsperson of Year Mikael Starzynski Wairarapa College

Trust House Sportsman of the Year – Mikael Starzynski Wairarapa College

Trust House Sportswoman of the Year – Natalie Austin St Matthew’s Collegiate

Water Mart People’s Choice Award – Mackenzie Batchelor Chanel College

Tranzit Coachlines Sports Team of the Year – St Matthew’s Collegiate 1st XI Hockey

Whaiora Contribution to Sport – Caitlin Elliott, Wairarapa College

Edge 95.9FM Emerging Sportsperson of the Year  Katia MacKenzie, Wairarapa College

Stirling Sports Masterton Junior Sportsperson of the Year  Luca Molnar, Rathkeale College