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2017 House of Travel Stephen Parsons Secondary School Sport Awards

Left to right: Ryan Cutler, Mya Rasmussen, Paris Cutler, Piper Humphries & Xavier Hill


With over 182 nominations and a new major sponsor, the Manawatu Secondary School sports Awards had a fantastic evening, dedicated to recognising student achievement within the region.

For the UCOL Girls Supreme Award, Palmerston North Girls’ High School student Mya Rasmussen’s stellar performance at the Commonwealth Youth Games was recognised. Mya won silver in the 200 Breaststroke, silver in the 200IM and set a new NZ record and won gold in the 400IM. She has 26 Manawatu age group records, 12 Manawatu open records and 4 New Zealand age group records.

Sports Manawatu’s Chief Executive, Trevor Shailer, says the Awards are an important part of the sport in our region.

“We are traditionally a region that punches well above our weight with talented sporting individuals. It is awesome to see our secondary schools recognising the achievements of their students.”

 In recent years, the Supreme Boy and Girl Awards have been awarded to our Junior World Champion Cyclists, however this year, we have several Junior World Champions in the mix across different codes.

Shailer says these Awards couldn’t be put on without the support of local organisations, pointing to a new partnership with House of Travel Stephen Parsons.  Managing Director Stephen Parsons says House of Travel Stephen Parsons has always identified with achievement.

“We see a strong synergy between excellence in sport and excellence in business and, for that reason, we have become the naming rights sponsor of the Secondary School Sports Awards.

“It is our 30th year of operation and organising travel for schools and local sports teams has been a significant component of our business. We pride ourselves on meticulously handling every aspect of group travel.”