NEW YEAR HONOURS
Dick Tayler MNZM
Forty years since that historic day in Christchurch when Dick Tayler sensationally won the 10,000m on the opening day of competition at the Commonwealth Games in 1974, Tayler has been honoured by being made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours, for services to athletics.
On that day and that defining moment Tayler captured the imagination of thousands of New Zealanders and guaranteed the success of those Games.
For his victory Tayler was awarded the New Zealand Sportsman of the Year and the New Zealand Olympic Committee Lonsdale Cup. In 1990 Tayler was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.
He also competed at the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games, the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and the 1973 world cross country championships in Belgium where he finished 12th.
Tayler won five New Zealand titles, 1500m, 10,000m, cross country and twice in the road championship. He was a member of the New Zealand team that set a world 4 x 1 mile relay record in 1972.
He is prominent in the Christchurch community working with rugby and the Special Olympics.
Manoj Daji QSM
The recently retired chief executive of College Sport Auckland Manoj Daji has been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for services to sport and education.
Daji supported the promotion of athletics at secondary schools in the Auckland area and was a trustee of Athletics Auckland Centennial Trust.
TRACK & FIELD NEWS WOMAN ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Valerie Adams has been voted woman athlete of the year for the second year by the American athletic magazine Track & Field News. The magazine states that “field eventers in general and throwers in particular have a tough time getting elected as athlete of the year but Valerie Adams is the first from her event ever to win in back to back years in scoring a solid win over Jamaican sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.” American world 100m hurdle champion Brianna Rollins was voted third.
Adams was undefeated and won all 12 of her meets as she completely dominated her event producing at least the 25 farthest throws of the year.
Ukraine high jumper Bohdan Bondarenko headed Usain Bolt by just one point in being voted male athlete of the year.
In the javelin throw the magazine ranked New Zealand's Stuart Farquhar tenth.
Gold Coast Mid-Week Allcomers, Southport – 18 December 2013
Saravee Sos 100m 11.27 (+0.1) 2nd; 200m 22.63 (+2.2) 1st. Althea Mackie hammer throw 41.12m 5th. The 43 year old was close to her PB of 41.58m.
Vitasport King and Queen of the Mount, Mt Mauganui – 26 December 2013
James Richardson won the annual event from the beach to the top of the Mount and back over approx 4.5km in 19:26 to head in previous winners Sjors Corporaal 19:43 and Iain MacDonald 19:50. Jai Davies-Campbell was fourth in 19:54 and Kyle MacDonald fifth in 20:13. Helen Rountree made it three years in a row as Queen of the Mount, winning in 22:40. Sarah Backler was second for the second year in 22:41 with Kovo Kawalewski third in 22:29. Anneke Grogan was fourth in 23:33 and Sue Crowley fifth in 24:49.
ROAD RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY
O’Hagan’s Viaduct 5km, 24 December: Michael Lichwark 16:15, Stuart Grange 16:20, Chris Wharam 16:36.
Cornwall Park 5km, 28 December: Daniel Chen 18:15, Jason Rawlings 18:44, Kazuya Iwata 18:48.
Lower Hutt Parkrun 5km, 28 December: Andrew Crosland 18:10, Joel Carman 18:30, Alastair Willis 18:42.
Porirua Parkrun 5km, 28 December: Andrew Wharton 16:51, Peter Ferguson 20:28, Brian Dunne 20:40. Kathryn Bunckenburg 21:23.
The Honest Lawyer 5km, 23 December: Simon Leaning 17:24, Paul Dirou 18:06, Nathan Sturrock 18:57. Robyn Deane 20:38.
Distinguished athlete and administrator in masters’ athletics Colleena Blair of Silverstream Upper Hutt died on Monday 23 December aged 82.
Colleena was a long standing secretary of the New Zealand Masters Association and together with her husband Jim Blair were made Life Members of the Association. Colleena and Jim were also made Life Members of the Wellington Masters Athletics.
As an athlete she set a world age group record for W65 80m hurdles in July 1995 and also held the world record for W64 and W66 age in the 80m hurdles.
Colleena was the world champion W65 80m hurdles at the world masters’ championships in Buffalo USA in 1995. At the world championships in 1991 she won the bronze medal in the 80m hurdles and in the heptathlon.
At various Oceania championships she won over 20 titles in a number of events and she also won numerous New Zealand masters’ titles over the years competing in a range of events: 80m hurdles, shot put, discus throw, hammer throw, javelin throw, long jump, triple jump, high jump, pentathlon, heptathlon and weight pentathlon.
She was Wellington Master Athlete of the year in 2007.
Colleena was a regular contributor to the masters’ association monthly magazine Vetline and she wrote a number of chapters for Arthur and Merle Grayburn’s History of New Zealand Veteran Athletics 1962-1999.
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