Two scholarships were handed out to young sportspeople at the Kaipara Flats Sports Club awards on July 13.
Ella Rogers received the Young Persons Sporting Scholarship, after having been in the Northland tag football representative team from 2014 to 2019, as well as the New Zealand team, playing in trans-Tasman tests from 2014 to 2016.
The second recipient was highly acclaimed trampolinist Sebastian Smith, who most recently came fifth in the double mini category in the Australian National Gymnastics championship.
Cricketer Ollie White was awarded the Mark and Clare Ryburn Memorial Trophy for a sportsperson who excels in his field.
White represented both Northland and New Zealand at the U17 and U19 level. Last season saw him tour Bangladesh with the NZ U19s, where he scored 232 runs at an average of 38.66.
He also had the honour of being selected in the inaugural NZ Maori Secondary School XI, of which he was also named captain.
The Shirley Gubb Memorial Trophy for exceptional contribution to the club was presented to Matthew Buchanan for 19 years of organising the men’s tennis championship tournament, among many other competitions.
The Kaipara Flats Sports team of the year went to the premier cricket team, which has won the Northland Oxford two-day competition for the last two years.
Perhaps the highest honour of the night, a special award created for the occasion, was presented to treasurer Ros Guy who has served the sports club for 29 years and rugby club for 16 years.
Secretary Paul Hudson says she has gifted the club with her outstanding service, commitment and loyalty, having always put the club’s best interests at heart.
Ros Guy received an award for 45 years combined service to the club. Photo, The Camera Shop, Warkworth.
Ella Rogers, right, was the second recipient of the young sport person scholarship.
Sam Ryburn presents Matthew Buchanan with the Shirley Gubb Memorial Trophy
Sam Ryburn presents Sebastian Smith with a scholarship.