Celyn's effort in the pool earns award

New Zealand swimmer, Celyn Edwards has taken out the top prize at the Hillmorton High School...
New Zealand swimmer, Celyn Edwards has taken out the top prize at the Hillmorton High School Sports Awards
New Zealand para-swimmer Celyn Edwards was named Hillmorton High School's athlete of the year at their annual awards night last Tuesday.

On Thursday, is up for young sportsman of the year at the Zonta Awards. 

The 18-year-old competed at the world championships in London last month where he finished sixth in the 100m backstroke, eighth in the 100m butterfly and 14th in the 100m breaststroke.

This came on the heels of some top national performances in June where he was first in the 100m breaststroke, second in the 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley respectively and then third in the 100m freestyle.

Both he and younger brother Iuean earned Hillmorton's highest sporting representative honours - gold colours for their efforts in the pool.

Iuean competed at the New Zealand short-course championships last month at Auckland.

He finished first in the 50m freestyle and backstroke as well as the 100m breaststroke and 400m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

Suli Samasoni was named allrounder of the year after he was part of the senior volleyball and basketball teams, as well as the school's Ki-O-Rahi team. 

He is also a talented track and field athlete.

The boys' senior A basketballers were named team of the year after finishing seventh at nationals last month after they finished third in the South Island.

Year 10 student Fa'aanuuleao Muao was named middle school athlete of the year.

The talented basketballer is already part of the senior A team and was named most valuable player for his Gators club team in 2019 and he is already part of the Canterbury Representative structure.

Paige Francis was named middle school allrounder of the year.

She placed top-three in her Year 10 age-group in swimming sports, athletics and cross country.

She is also part of the junior A volleyball, netball and touch rugby teams and has already played for the schools' senior netball team.

The Year 10 boys basketball team was named middle school team of the year.

Hillmorton High School Sports Awards winners

Athlete of the year: Celyn Edwards

All-rounder of the year: Suli Samasoni

Team of the year: Senior A boys basketball team

Middle school athlete of the year: Fa'aanuuleao Muao

Middle school allrounder of the year: Paige Francis

Middle school team of the year: Year 10 A boys basketball team




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