With 3 video games for the Black Sticks hockey crew on her CV, Napier Ladies’ Prime College striker Kaitlin Cotter was once all the time a sizzling favorite for the Hawke’s Bay colleges’ Sportsperson of the 12 months award this night.

However she refused to just accept the tag all through the countdown to the Game Hawke’s Bay-organised Hawke’s Bay Secondary College Sports activities Awards serve as, which attracted greater than 300 folks to Napier’s Municipal Theatre.

“I did not be expecting any of the awards and to complete with 4 was once an enormous wonder,” the 17-year-old 12 months 13 pupil mentioned afterwards.

Together with the ideally suited award Cotter additionally took house the feminine sportsperson award, the feminine hockey participant award and the Jarrod Cunningham Adolescence Sports activities Accept as true with Scholarship award which is able to turn out to be useful when she heads to Auckland to review sports activities well being and bodily schooling subsequent 12 months.

Cotter has but to come to a decision which membership she is going to play for in Auckland.

“A few of my buddies up there are looking to get me to return and play for his or her golf equipment however I am nonetheless unsure,” Cotter mentioned.

Even if she has already cracked the Black Sticks squad Cotter agreed aiming for subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics squad was once unrealistic.

“Making the 2024 Olympics squad is a extra practical function. I nonetheless need to stay making improvements to my elementary talents and my health ranges need to be upper,” Cotter defined.

She is the easiest instance of an athlete who can be successful on the best stage regardless of no longer specialising in a code till her teenager years.

“It wasn’t till my 2nd 12 months at highschool that I determined hockey could be my major game. Till then I performed netball and hockey and in addition did swimming and surf lifesaving,” Cotter recalled.

She first performed hockey as a 5-year-old at Reignier Catholic College. By the point she reached Taradale Intermediate College it was once fairly glaring to these within the know Cotter is usually a New Zealand consultant in any code she sought after.

Along with her 3 video games for the Black Sticks girls’s hockey crew all through the judging duration for the awards, which ended on September 30, Cotter was once additionally decided on within the New Zealand under-21 crew and Black Sticks construction squad.

For the 3rd consecutive 12 months Cotter was once a member of the Central crew which received the nationwide under-18 event. She was once the highest function scorer at this 12 months’s event with 11 from 5 video games.

Cotter additionally represented Central girls within the Nationwide Hockey League and was once a key member of her faculty’s first XI, which received the Hawke’s Bay Secondary Faculties premier grade and completed 9th at their nationwide premier event.

Whilst Cotter was once the busiest particular person at the night time it was once a memorable night for the nationwide title-winning Hastings Boys’ Prime College first XV rugby aspect. Along with taking house the crew award the aspect’s coaches, Tafai Ioasa and Karl Lowe, captured the trainer award and their first five-eighth Latrell Ah Kiong received the male rugby participant of the 12 months award.

Cotter beat the HBHS first XV, feminine all-rounder award winner Ashleigh Poi of Napier Ladies’ Prime College, male all-rounder award winner Reece Akuhata of Lindisfarne Faculty, para athlete award winner Man Harrison of Napier Boys’ Prime College and male sportsperson award winner, Hastings Christian College cricketer William Clark, within the tussle for the senior award.

Game Hawke’s Bay’s Secondary Faculties Sports activities director, Sophie Hickford, mentioned 192 nominations have been won for the awards.

“As soon as once more they have been of a top quality which made judging onerous. There have been tons of nationwide champions which contributed to a robust awards night time and it was once nice to have a bicycle owner of the 12 months award for the primary time.”

Award Winners:
NZ Couriers Scholar Contribution: Kelsey Stubbs (NGHS).
Hawke’s Bay Nowadays Provider: Deb McKenzie, Roni Nuku, Rose Cudby (all NGHS), Josie Hunter, Tom Blake, Vicky Peffer, Tash Crawford (all Karamu Prime College), Leanne Wilson (HGHS), Stephen Small (HBHS), Peter McGlashan (NBHS), Ralph Harper (Lindisfarne Faculty).
Jarrod Cunningham Adolescence Sports activities Accept as true with Reputable: Beverley Hussey (HNHS, Triathlon).
Jarrod Cunningham Adolescence Sports activities Accept as true with Scholarship: Kaitlin Cotter (NGHS, Hockey).
Furnware Trainer: Tafai Ioasa and Karl Lowe (HBHS, Rugby).
Kennedy Park Group: HBHS 1st XV Rugby.
Youthtown Feminine All Rounder: Ashleigh Poi (NGHS).
Youthtown Male All Rounder: Reece Akuhata (Lindisfarne Faculty).
ZM Para Athlete: Man Harrison (NBHS).
Stirling Game Feminine Sportsperson: Kaitlin Cotter (NGHS, Hockey).
EIT Male Sportsperson: William Clark (Hastings Christian College, Cricket).
Game Hawke’s Bay Preferrred Award: Kaitlin Cotter (NGHS, Hockey).
Code Award Winners: Netball, Parris Petera (NGHS); Tennis, Alexandra Cave (Woodford Space) and Daniel Rowe (NBHS); Orienteering, Tessa Burns (Woodford Space) and Will Tidswell (HNHS); Equestrian, Kate Browning (Karamu Prime College); Canoeist, Jaimee Wilson (Taradale Prime College) and Jack Wilkinson (HBHS); Athletics, Brianna Lee (NGHS) and Reid Livingston (NBHS); Cricket, Margot Scoular (NGHS) and William Clark (Hastings Christian College); Hockey, Kaitlin Cotter (NGHS, Hockey) and Sean Findlay (Taradale Prime College); Basketball, Melika Samia (NGHS) and Clifton Bush III (NBHS); Swimming, Arabella Smith (NGHS) and Jake Stephens (Lindisfarne Faculty); Soccer, Charlotte Lancaster (NGHS) and Luis Toomey (NBHS); Biking, Charlie Tattersfield (NBHS); Rugby, Liana Mikaele-Tu’u (HGHS) and Latrell Ah Kiong (Rugby).



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