De Geest in the limelight

Max De Geest in action for New Zealand at the 3x3 tournament of last year's Youth Olympics in...
Max De Geest in action for New Zealand at the 3x3 tournament of last year's Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Photo: Getty Images
Basketballer Max de Geest won the main award at the Waitaki sports awards in Oamaru last night.

De Geest won the junior sportsman of the year award for his efforts with the round ball and then went on to win the main award.

De Geest was a member of the Junior Tall Blacks side which finished second at the Asian junior championships last year.

He also joined the Breakers last season as a development player and has signed to play college basketball in United States and is set to leave for Long Beach State University in California.

He was a member of the New Zealand 3x3 team which attended the Asian under-18 Fiba Cup.

Swimmer Tarona Taafaki won the award for female emerging talent award and karate exponent Camden Budge won the male emerging talent award.

Netballer Taneisha Fifita won the junior sportswoman award. She played for the Southern Steel and also played for the Southern Beko netball team.

Cyclist Hamish McCallum won the athlete with a disability award.

Otago Spirit loose forward Morgan Henderson won the sportswoman of the year award while mountain biker Tim Rush won the sportsman of the year award.

The masters award went to triathlete Adair Craik.

Coach of the year went to Michelle Johnston, who coached gymnasts to medals at the South Island and national championships.

The award for team of the year went to rowers Logan Docherty and James Scott, who performed well at a national level.

The official in sport award was given to Nick Webster, who made his rugby refereeing debut at Mitre 10 Cup level last year.

The services to sport award was given to long-time Otago Daily Times correspondent Terry O'Neill.

O'Neill has been reporting on sport in North Otago for countless years and continues in the valuable role as North Otago sports correspondent.

Michael Sandri won the innovation in sport award for the Alps 2 Ocean Ultra race.

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