Top honour to Fitzpatrick

Sulu Fitzpatrick. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Sulu Fitzpatrick. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Sulu Fitzpatrick has claimed New Zealand netball’s top award.

The Silver Ferns and Northern Mystics defender was named the Dame Lois Muir Supreme Award winner at last night’s awards function in Auckland.

It completes an impressive season for the 29-year-old, who was influential in leading the Mystics to their first ANZ Premiership crown.

Sam Winders was named Silver Ferns player of the year.

The midcourter was a consistent performer, one of three players to appear in all seven internationals.

Central Pulse defender Paris Lokotui (20) won the aspiring Silver Fern award, impressing enough to be called into the Silver Ferns squad this year.

Southland’s Kristie Simpson is the ANZ Premiership umpire of the year, while Mystics coach Helene Wilson was named ANZ Premiership coach of the year.

New Southern Steel shooter Saviour Tui’s promise was recognised as National Netball League player of the year.

Former southern star Bernice Mene was recognised for her contributions to the New Zealand Netball Players Association.

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