Cantabrians claim lion’s share of awards

Norwood’s Tim Morduant (left) and Rural Sportsman of the Year Allan Oldfield. Photo: Supplied
Norwood’s Tim Morduant (left) and Rural Sportsman of the Year Allan Oldfield. Photo: Supplied
Skellerup’s Paul Randall, Rural Sportswoman of the Year Steph Tweed (centre) and Black Stick...
Skellerup’s Paul Randall, Rural Sportswoman of the Year Steph Tweed (centre) and Black Stick Kayla Whitelock.
Motorcycle racer Courtney Duncan (left), Young Rural Sportsperson of the Year Sarah O’Reilly and...
Motorcycle racer Courtney Duncan (left), Young Rural Sportsperson of the Year Sarah O’Reilly and Fonterra’s Jason Boyle.
Comedian and mental health spokesman Mike King (left) and Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award winner...
Comedian and mental health spokesman Mike King (left) and Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award winner Ricky May.

Cantabrians have won more than half of the awards at this year’s Norwood Rural Sports Awards.

Nominations for the awards are made by rural sports associations from throughout New Zealand and Cantabrians walked away with four out of six awards.

Allan Oldfield, of Geraldine, was named Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year. Oldfield holds both the world individual and team’s category blade-shearing titles.

In 2018, Oldfield was named only the second person to win blade-shearing at the big four royal shows in the UK: the Royal Highland, Royal Bath and West, the Royal Ulster and Royal Welsh. Earlier this month, he won the blade-shearing competition at the 60th anniversary of the Golden Shears.

Steph Tweed, of Waipara, was named Skellerup New Zealand Rural Sportswoman of the Year. Tweed was the first woman to win a New Zealand dog trial championship.

Tweed, who competed in her first New Zealand dog trial championships in 2013, aged 21, won the North Island and the New Zealand championship straight hunt title last year — the first woman in 130 years of the sport to be awarded a national title.

The title of Fonterra Young Rural Sportsperson of the Year went to harness racer Sarah O’Reilly, of Rakaia.

O’Reilly was the 2019 New Zealand junior driver champion and is one of the top 12 junior drivers in New Zealand. She also won the 2019 Australasian young driver championship.

Also from Rakaia, harness racing driver Ricky May won the Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award.

One of New Zealand’s most successful drivers, May is a two-time winner in the harness racing category and winner of a record seven New Zealand Cups.

Regarded as not only a legend on the track, May also spends his time volunteering at the Methven Trotting Club, mentoring young harness racers and working on his farm.

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