Daniel Whitburn Named Young Sportsman of the Year

November 24, 2017 at 9:26 AM

The annual College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards were held last night at Eden Park to honour the best student athletes in Auckland across 32 sanctioned college sports. The top three students in each sport from the Auckland region had earlier been selected as finalists to attend the dinner which culminated in naming an overall male and female sports person of the year. This year, the College was pleased to have 21 of our students selected as finalists. 

To receive an invite to these awards is an honour as it means the student has been noted during the season as one of the top three players in their chosen sport from every secondary school in the Greater Auckland Area. 

Over 600 people attended the event and it was a proud moment for the students, their families and the College when the winners were announced. We were delighted when nine Saint Kentigern students were chosen as the winners in their category. A particularly notable achievement was Nathan Xu winning the boys’ table tennis category. As a Year 9 student, he was amongst the youngest there. 

Daniel Whitburn had an incredible personal achievement earlier in the year, winning a gold world triathlon medal at an international event. Not only did he win the multisport category last night but he was also named as the Overall Young Sportsman of the Year! A very worthy achievement! He represents the strength of the multisport programme at the College. Recently retired teacher, and world class triathlete himself, Mr Rick Faulding, has had a huge influence on developing our multisport students over a number of years. 

Well done to all these students. It was a very enjoyable evening for all who attended, including Senior College Principal, Mrs Suzanne Winthrop, who said, ‘Not only is Daniel a top sportsman, he is also a humble, hardworking true Son of Saint Kentigern of whom we are very proud.’ 

Overall Sportsman of the Year
Daniel Whitburn

Category Winners
Tori Kolose                         Girls All Rounder for athletics; touch and netball
Josh Oxenham                  International Award for Mountain Biking
Etene Nanai                      Rugby
Hannah Blake                    Girls Football
Max Mata                          Boys Football
Mahina Paul                      Girls Touch
Nathan Xu                          Boys Table Tennis
Liam Stoica                        Boys Tennis
Daniel Whitburn               Boys Multi Sport

Finalists for Top 3 in their sport in Greater Auckland
All Rounder - Tori Kolose; International Achievement - Joshua Oxenham; Badminton - Jason Seto; Cricket - Conor Ansell; Distance Running - James Uhlenberg; Football -Max Mata; Football - Hannah Blake; Football - Amy Waters; Golf - Andrew Meng; Multisport - Daniel Whitburn; Multisport - Dylan McCullough; Multisport - Ryan Church; Netball - Tayla Earle; Rugby Union - Rivez Reihana; Rugby Union - Etene Nanai; Table Tennis - Nathan Xu; Tennis  - Liam Stoica; Tennis - Caitlin Ward; Touch - Mahina Paul; Water Polo - Benjamin Fleming.

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