Chignell receives top award

Oli Chignell
Oli Chignell
Oli Chignell has received top local recognition after a brilliant season on the national stage.

The 21-year-old distance runner was named athlete of the year at last night's Athletics Otago Awards.

That followed an impressive 12 months in which he bagged two national titles and a runner-up spot.

Those two national titles came last winter - in the senior men's cross-country and road race.

That also won him the male winter athlete of the year award.

On top of that, he finished second in the 5000m at the national championships over the summer.

Distance runners featured heavily among the prominent awards.

Winning female winter athlete of the year was Rebekah Greene.

A former athlete of the year winner, Greene claimed bronze at the national cross-country championships.

The now Christchurch-based Caden Shields, who still represents Hill City-University, was named summer athlete of the year.

He claimed the national 10,000m track title.

Cameron Moffitt won junior summer athlete of the year.

The 16-year-old had a dominant season, winning national titles in both the hurdles and decathlon.

He also won silver at the Australian all-schools championships.

Holly Robinson's record-breaking season was acknowledged with the AWD (athletes with disabilities) athlete of the year award.

The para-javelin thrower managed a mammoth throw of 45.73m to smash the F46 women's record by over a metre.

Raylene Bates, who coaches Robinson as well as many of Otago's other top throwers, was awarded coach of the year.

Liz Wilson was named veteran athlete of the year.

Both Howden Finnie and Bryce Watt were recognised for their significant contributions to the sport.

They won the contribution to coaching and contribution to athletics awards respectively.

Laurie Hill was awarded official of the year.


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