Giving Back to West Auckland Sport
The Trusts Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards celebrate sporting excellence in West Auckland. Sport Waitakere has proudly hosted these awards for more than 20 years, recognising the achievements of athletes, clubs, coaches, volunteers and officials.
“We are grateful for The Trusts as the naming rights sponsor of the Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards. This demonstrates their commitment of “giving back” to the community so we can showcase the talent that we have in the West.” Jarrod Walton – Sport Waitakere Board of Trustees Chair.
We are proud to be giving back to West Auckland sport and helping our athletes achieve great things on the world stage.
These people represent the best of what West Auckland sport has to offer. Past winners include Mahé Drysdale, Aldora Itunu, Jeet Raval and Kanah Andrew-Nahu.
If you would like to acknowledge someone’s hard work and they live in West Auckland or represent a local club or team, you can nominate them for a 2018 award now.
Nominations close 5pm on 1 October. Finalists will be announced on 29 October and winners will be named at the awards dinner on Friday 16 November.
2017 Junior Sportswoman of the Year and Maori Achievement Award
Kanah is a competitive Olympic Weightlifter who has proudly represented New Zealand internationally for the past four years. The 17 year old currently holds 123 New Zealand records, the highest number of records achieved by a New Zealand weightlifter, as well as being ranked number one in the Youth, Junior, and Senior 75kg weight categories.
Since being awarded both Junior Sportswoman of the Year and the Maori Achievement Award at the 2017 Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards, Kanah has competed in the Oceania Championships in New Caledonia, where she was awarded three gold medals.
These successes allow her to compete at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina this year, as she continues to work towards her ultimate goal of representing New Zealand at the upcoming 2020 Olympics.
2017 Sportsman of the Year
Jeet Raval is a New Zealand test cricketer who currently plays for the Auckland Aces. In June 2016, Jeet was named in New Zealand’s Test Squad for their tours to Zimbabwe and South Africa, before going on to make his Test debut in November, establishing himself as the regular opening batsman for the Blackcaps.
Following these, Jeet was awarded Sportsman of the Year at the Sport Waitakere Excellence awards in 2017. He has since scored five half-centuries (50 runs in an innings) and continued to display great form for both Auckland and the national side of cricket this season.
In May 2018, Jeet was one of 20 players to be awarded a new contract for the 2018-19 season by New Zealand Cricket, the governing body for professional cricket in New Zealand.