Jodie Bennetto, Maia Fairburn, John Markby from More Fm, Jackson Brierly and Bron Hames at the Kaiwaka Sports Association Sport Awards

Kaiwaka’s sporting accomplishments

by Ann van Engelen

The 35th annual Kaiwaka Sports Association Sports Awards were held last week celebrating sporting achievements by community members.

Emcee John Markby from More FM read the profiles of the 22 nominees with Maia Fairburn taking Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Bron Hames Senior Sportsperson of the Year, Jodie Bennetto, for Service to Sport and the Greg McRae Memorial Trophy going to Jackson Brierly.

“Maia is 14 years old and is an outstanding young sportswoman. Her sporting achievements include touch, tag, rugby, netball and athletics. Her pinnacle achievement was being selected for the New Zealand Maori U14s Tag team,” says association manager Cheryl Anderson.

“Bron Hames played and captained Northland Women’s rugby team and played for Te Hiku O Te Ika Women’s rugby team. She travelled to Samoa to play for Te Tai Tokerau in the Vailima Marist International Sevens tournament and captained the Te Tai Tokerau side in the Pacifica Aotearoa Cup.”

Jodie Bennetto is a dedicated netball volunteer and is president of the Otamatea Netball Club. She coaches several teams, umpires, is a selector, fundraises and organises the AIMS week every year.

“Jackson Brierly has had achievements in tag, touch, rugby, athletics and cross-country. Now fifteen years old, Jackson already has several years of rugby and tag and touch refereeing under his belt, and was recently awarded Sport Northland’s ASB Sports Awards cup for Official of the Year for his rugby refereeing.

“We would like to thank Mark, Pam and their catering team for a lovely meal, Lish and Jean for serving the drinks and our photographer Teresa.”