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Amelia Garvey Wins Canterbury Young Sportswoman of the Year

Posted by: on 12 March 2018

The impressive performances from the 2017 year of Amelia Garvey were recognised at the 2018 Nexia Canterbury Sports Awards where she won the ASB Outstanding Young Sportswoman of the Year Award.  The evening recognises the achievements of talented athletes from the various sports as well as administrators and volunteers.  Over 130 nominations were received for the Nexia New Zealand Canterbury Sports Awards, representing 30 sporting codes. 

Garvey's impressive year in 2017 was capped off by winning the NZ Stroke Play Championship, making the cut at the NZ Women's Open and representing New Zealand at the Women's Queen Sirikit Cup.  Other highlights included winning the South Island Stroke Play, finishing second at the Faldo Asia Series Final as well as being awarded the NZ Eagles Golf Society Golfer of the Year, Zonta Secondary Schools Young Sportswomen of the Year and the Canterbury Women's Golfer of the Year.  "I'm so happy to be named the Canterbury Young Sportwoman of the Year" said Garvey.  There are so many talented girls out there so it was a big surprise to hear the news that I had won".   

Tom Parker was also a finalist for the AECOM Outstanding Young Sportsman of the Year award which was a very competitive category with 14 nominations.  2017 was a stellar year for Parker, capped off with representing New Zealand in three age group teams for overseas tournaments.  He was also an integral member of the Canterbury U19 Team that won the Boys Interprovincial and represented Canterbury in the number one position of the NZ Men's Toro Interprovincials with an excellent record.  Other major achievements included finished tied for third at the Australian Junior Amateur, NZ Amateur runner up, NZ Secondary School champion and winner of the Canterbury Men's Golfer of the Year award, Canterbury Men's Ambassador of the Year and Canterbury Vardon trophy winner.

The Canterbury U19 Team was also a nominee for the Lincoln University Outstanding Team of the Year.  After finishing runners up in 2015, the Canterbury Boys Team was committed to ensure they performed at the highest level throughout the competition in 2017.  This commitment paid off and they went through the week unbeaten to win the Boys Interprovincial title.


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