Dawkins takes top honours

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NEW Zealand track cyclist Eddie Dawkins took top honours in the 2015-2016 ILT Southland Sports Awards on Friday night.
He was recognised for his performance in powering the New Zealand sprint team to world championship status in London in March — the second time in three years. He also won silver in the kieren event.
Dawkins (26), who now trains in Cambridge, is competing overseas with the men’s track sprint team in the buildup to the Rio Olympics and did not attend the awards function.
The awards celebrated outstanding performances by Southland’s athletes, coaches, administrators and officials between April last year and March 31 this year.
Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said it was a fantastic night which showcased just how good Southland’s sporting scene was.
‘‘To see the calibre of finalists and winners makes you truly proud to be a Southlander.
‘‘The achievements of those recognised are simply remarkable and when you think of the years and years of work, dedication, training and input each and every one of these people has put in to achieve what they do, that’s inspirational.’’
Awards winners were:
ILT senior sportsperson of the year — Eddie Dawkins (cycling); Vodafone junior sportsperson of the year — Emma Cumming (cycling); Southland Kia team of the year — SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks (basketball); Ricoh Southland coach of the year — Paul Henare (basketball); BDO administrator of the year — Greg Sheppard (tennis), Tom O’Connor (boxing); Creation Signs official of the year — Kristie Simpson (netball); NZME masters’ achievement of the year — Erin Criglington (cycling); Southland Times people’s choice sporting moment of the year — SIT Zero Fees Southland Sharks’ win at the 2015 NBL final; Sport Southland services to sport awards — Judy Gimblett (tennis), Evan Jones (athletics), Dave McDonald (racing).
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