The annual Squash Bay of Plenty Awards was held at the Mount Sports Club on Saturday 24 November. It was well-attended and the spirit and camaraderie of the Bay was evident as we celebrated the achievements and contribution made in the Bay in 2018.
The coveted Club of the Year was deservedly won by small rural club Taneatua. The club was on the verge of closing only 18 months ago, and now it is a thriving hub of the community boasting over 80 members. They also had some great results on the court with an impressive 5 teams entered in district eliminations! Hasley & Matt Sisam were on hand to receive the award on behalf of the club "we are proud and humbled by the award which means a lot to our club"
After her amazing performance in the Commonwealth Games, Amanda Landers-Murphy took out the Player of the year award. Amanda was unable to attend, but thanked the region via video, "it's absolutely amazing to receive the support, not only in the past but the support I continue to receive, so huge thank you to everyone."
After some stellar work in their clubs, Chris Brewer (Te Puke) & Michael Dunston (Devoy) won the New Coach and Club Coach of the year awards.
Legend of the sport Danny McQueen was recognised for his NZ Masters (50+ Men) title, and was named as Personality of the Year. Danny was humbled by the award and pointed out he culture in the Bay is in good heart.
After 5 years as Mount club president, Kelly Cox was a deserved winner of the Volunteer of the Year. Her hard work for the club has been recognised and she was stoked to get the prize.
Other teams and individuals who performed on and off the court were recognised with monogrammed Squash BOP towels.
SQUASH BOP AWARD WINNERS 2018:
|Club of the Year||Taneatua Squash Club|
|Player of the Year||Amanda Landers-Murphy|
|Personality of the Year||Danny McQueen|
|Volunteer of the Year||Kelly Cox|
|Club Coach of the Year||Michael Dunston|
|New Coach of the Year||Chris Brewer|