By Brendan Kelly - firstname.lastname@example.org
A weightlifting club has taken home the top prize at the inaugural Ōtara Sports Awards at the weekend.
Ōtara Sports Awards. Photo/ Facebook - Sports Awards 2017.
The awards ceremony, celebrating the success of athletes hailing from Ōtara, was held at the Hope Centre on Saturday night.
League legends Tawera Nikau and Ruben Wiki, and sevens icon Eric Rush, received lifetime achievement awards and inducted into Ōtara's Hall of Fame alongside Silver Fern great Temepara Bailey.
The Ōtara Barbell Weightlifting Team was named Team of the Year before scooping up the Supreme Award, which coach Daniel Nemani puts down to great team culture.
"We've had a big change," he says. "This current team, we started the campaign two years. Last year we had a new crop of lifters come through and here we are today, it's awesome."
Daniel Nemani also won Coach of the Year.
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Daniel Nemani. Photo/ Radio 531pi.
ŌTARA SPORTS AWARDS WINNERS:
- Administrator of the Year: Lani Ekepati, American Football Auckland
- Official of the Year: Lakita Morris-Meredith, American Football
- Coach of the Year: Daniel Nemani, Otara Barbell Club
- Junior Sportsteam of the Year: Tangaroa College, Girls 10s Rugby Team
- Junior Sportsman of the Year: Marco Talagi, Rugby League, Scorpions
- Junior Sportswoman of the Year: Nive Taulanga, Rugby, Rugby League, Tag, Tangaroa College
- Masters Athlete of the Year: Mihi Joy Nemani, Otara Barbell Club
- Uniquely Abled Award: Auckland Wheelbreakers, Wheelchair Basketball Team
- Team of the Year: Otara Barbell Club, Weightlifting Team
- Sportsman of the Year: George Crichton, East Tamaki Rugby
- Sportswoman of the Year: Josephine Murray-Stowers, Touch Rugby, Tag, Netball
- Supreme Award: Otara Barbell Club Weightlifting Team