View all of the finalists from the 2020 Bream Bay Sports Awards

Sonia Tompkins

Master Sportsperson

Sonia is 50 years of age and started playing indoor volleyball 37 years ago (13yo starting college)... she converted to Beach Volleyball 10 years later (and never looked back).

She has played and represented NZ both around the globe and on NZ sand playing against some of the best players in the world including Olympic medalists.
Sonia moved to Bream Bay 3.5 years ago and started a social beach volleyball league, it is in its 3rd season currently. Sonia also played a key role in bringing the National Beach Volleyball tour to Ruakaka for the last two years.

Most recently Sonia announced the launch of the Northland Beach Volleyball School (NBVS) - the aim of which is to open up new opportunities for all ages within the Bream Bay area to learn and participate in the game of Beach Volleyball, a sport that currently does not have a high profile in the area, and little formal coaching opportunities are available. NBVS also aims to open pathways for students to have more access to regional competitions.

Abby Wright

Junior Sportsperson

In 2020 Abby qualified for the National Age Group swimming championships. She participated in the national under 19 and under 17 football championships and was a member of the under 19 tournament team.
Abby took part in a trial for the National Women's football league, but was undermined by an injury.
She participated in the National Secondary Schools open water swimming series.
At Bream Bay College, Abby won the Senior Girls Swimming and the Senior Girls Athletics Awards and was second in the Senior Girls Cross Country.
During the Covid-19 lockdown Abby, along wit other members of the Women's Northland Team, trained under the guidance of an american football coach using Skype.
Unable to train in a pool she followed a fitness training regime set for her by Bream Bay's swimming coach Richard Dunkerton.
Because of Covid-19 Abby was unable to play with the NZ Cross Whites football team in Australia as she had the previous year.

Maddie Greatorex

Junior Sportsperson

Pony Grand Prix North Island Champion  
• Northland pony rider of the year.
• Winner of the ASB Sport Northland code winner
• She received the dux ludorium for sports at Bream Bay College . 
• Winner of the Equidays 7 year old pony competition
• Placed in the top twenty in 3 national series: the 7 year old series, the junior
rider series and the young rider series
• Finished 11th in the Country TV pony grand  series .
• To date she had started the new season with wins and placings at national junior riders series classes and has placings in the Grand Prix super series classes and many placings in the young rider national series. 
Maddy has finished on ponies and now has a young team of horses stepping up to 140m fei 1 star which is an international ranked event.

Danuta Johnson

Sports Leadership

Danuta Johnson has run Marsden Badminton for around 20 years. She has
opened up the Marsden Village hall, marked up games and generally kept the
club running.
A recent serious illness has brought all this to a halt. Club members are all
grateful for her efforts over such a long time.

Kylie and Nathan Jacoby

Senior Team of the Year

Kylie and Nathan Jacoby.
Kylie and Nathan have combined to win the NZ Golf Mixed Foursome tournament for the 3rd time.
Kylie won the Waipu Golf Club Womans Stroke and Match Play in 2020. She captained the Northland Senior Womans team in the NZ Interprovinial Tournament. Nathan won the Waipu Golf Clubs Senior Men's Match Play Championship and was selected for the Northland Mens Masters team and played in the NZ Golf Masters Championship in Hamilton.

Kasier Jacoby

Junior Sportsperson

Kaiser Jacoby is 12 years old and has been playing golf for 4 years. His Handicap is 9.
In 2020 he won the Waipu Golf Club Intermediate Club Match Play Championship. He also won the Waipu Men's Spring Stroke Play Tournament.
Kaiser was selected for the Northland Under 16 Representative Team and played in the NZ Junior Interprovincial tournament in Cambridge.

Carlisa McCarrol

Sportswoman of the Year

Carlisa is the current NZ Ladies Clay Target PointScore Champion with a score of 149/150. She had to shoot-off against Olympic Silver Medalist and World Champion Natalie Rooney to achieve this. (She was 17 at the time) She is also the current NZ B Grade PointScore Champion, she finished in the top 10 out of over 340 shooters for PointScore.
She won the Ladies PointScore Trophy Match as well.
She is the current Northland Provincial A Grade High Gun and the Ladies High Gun.
She is the current South Island A Grade Triples Champion on a perfect score of 50/50.
She has a lot of other achievements at club level for the 2020 Season.

Jess Andrews

Junior Sportsperson

At just 14, Jess broke into the Senior Premier Women's squad, well deserving of her place. Not only did she play in multiple positions but also volunteered to be in goal when our regular goalie was unavailable and kept a clean sheet.
Jess was always the first to volunteer at training to help set up and this continued to the end when turning off the lights! On club day's she's manned the BBQ and helped set up, always in and around the club.
This year she has supported the other senior teams, with the whole family being involved in the club.
On game day mornings she's busy. Not only has she helped referee, but she also coaches the FIRST-EVER all-girls team of Bream Bay. A team that I have watched and followed and can say has improved through the year picking up the first-ever Bream Bay win for an all-girls team in their predominantly boys league.
Player, Referee, Coach, Volunteer there is little more someone so young can do for our club. She's a credit to the club and a role model to the young girls she coaches. Well worthy of the award.

Shayne Wassel

Services to Sport

Shayne Wassell is a tireless workers behind the scenes at the Takahiwai Rugby League Club. As well as coaching the Takahiwai Under 9's team Shayne can be found at the club whenever there is a working bee or project underway, helping out in any way he can. He runs the BBQ's on home games and when the club has duty day in Whangarei as well as getting involved with any fundraising initiatives the club is doing, the latest being chopping and selling trailer loads of firewood. Shayne is also the coach of the Ruakaka Primary School Boys and Girls rugby league teams as well as the Tai Tokerau under 9's. Two of his sons have started playing for Waipu rugby and Shayne has been driving the BBQ there as well. He recently won the NZRL 2020 Volunteer of the Year award having previously awarded the September Volunteer of the month. All of this while being a solo parent of four as well as being born with a congenital condition (Treachers Collins Syndrome) that affects his sight and hearing and has required multiple surgeries throughout his life. Shayne (and people like him) are vital to the running of our local sports cubs in Bream Bay

Waipu Cove Surf Lifesaving Club

Community Impact

Waipu Cove SLSC impacts our local Bream Bay community, as well as the wider Northland community in a positive and engaging way. From educating the community in water safety while on patrol at the beach, hosting community events, bringing other volunteer groups together, hosting other sports teams, other surf life saving teams, promoting water safety through social media. To supporting the community with a safe place to swim, participating in beach safety sessions at Uretiti for crab fisherman, or running beach education at Langs, to actively participating in and supporting other community initiatives such as Winter in Waipu - Mid Winter Swim, Christmas Parade, Caledonian Games - this year the Waipu Community Festival, Waipu Cycle and walkway, and supporting the Easter Carnival with gazebos. We are proud to be part of such a strong community, and thrive on helping to promote it as a positive place to foster growth in our youth.

Waipu Cove SLSC has been recognized by MahiTahi Hauora as being a place with strong leadership, mentoring, family orientated, scaffolded learning, structured, supported, gateway into adulthood. They recognised our model / concept as one that produces confident, responsible well rounded, community minded healthy young people.

We encourage our members to be active, and we often have beach volleyball set up for the public and our members to use, we encourage table tennis and pool when on breaks from Surf Life Saving. Our teams also train and compete in IRB racing around the country, surf sport, junior surf, and masters canoeing.

Our members get a lot out of Surf Life Saving, which in turn benefits the community. They come away with recognised employable skills and qualifications. For example first aid, VHF radio, leadership, beach management, coaching, peer support, learning to be responsible employees and gain employment readily.
We strive to continue to impact the community in a positive and engaging way to keep our people safe, and all those who visit our beaches.
We also hope to impact our own people by giving them opportunities in leadership, developing their skills as sports people, growing a community mindset, and teaching them to give back – which will continue to foster a wonderful Bream Bay area as the place everyone wants to be.

George Mutch

Sports Leadership

As the current President I am proud on behalf of the Waipu Bowling Club to nominate our Secretary George Mutch for this years leadership award.

George has been Secretary as well as Bar Manager of this club for over 4 years, both jobs requiring a great deal of attention on a daily basis, however during the past 12months the Club has landed 2 major project onto his lap.

Firstly in February 2020 this Club celebrated its centennial year, and decided to mark this occasion with a 2day formal and playing event. George was charged with the enormous task of tracking and tracing over 100 past executives and members, communicating and sending personal invitations to attend, together with 100 present members, he then assisted with the organizing of this event as well as managing the bar over the 2 days.

Secondly, immediately following our Centenary the Club decided to replace one of its grass bowling greens with a synthetic surface, George was again heavily involved in Identifying Suppliers, contacting for quotes, then presenting the best options to the clubs board and members, once selected came the mammoth task of filling in funding application forms, only for these to be set aside when Covid arrived in NZ.
An appeal to members was made and through their generosity enough funds became available to commence the project immediately.
George let the contract in mid August and personally attended construction on a daily basis to ensure no obstacles were put in the way of the contractors, as a result the new green was ready for action in time for our opening day mid September.
George is still involved in identifying funding opportunities to clear any remaining debt.
I would hate to add up the number of hours he has spent on club duties over the past 12 months, George is certainly deserving of this award

Richard Dunkerton

Coach of the Year

Richard coaches the clubs Development and “A” squads, approximately two thirds of the club’s 35 swimmers. He is also a life member of Bay of Island Swimming Club, Bream Bay Swimming Club and Swimming Northland. As well as coaching, he take responsibility for maintaining the indoor pool our swimmers train in for most of the year and teaches learn to swim classes five days a week in Terms 1 & 4.
He has had swimmers compete at NZ Short course Championship 2020 – Hamilton, NZ Junior festival Harlequins Zone 2020 – Auckland, prior to Covid-19 had swimmers who had qualified for NZ Open Championships 2020 – Auckland (cancelled due to covid-19), National Age Group Championship 2020 – Wellington(cancelled due to covid-19), and NZ Division 2 – Dunedin(cancelled due to covid-19). During Lockdown 2020 Richard made sure his swimmers were continuing with their fitness, all swimmers had to report on a weekly basis what fitness they had done. Once we were into level 3 and level 2, he opened up the pool for his swimmers writing them programmes but making sure they all social distanced and never come into contact with each other. He did this by giving each swimming family bubble their very own timeslot, all programmes for their session were emailed to them prior to the session and swimmers then would email him back with their progress, he got his swimmers swimming during a very hard time all while coaching them remotely via email and phone
His outstanding contribution to Bream bay swimming club, working on development opportunities and programmes. He has coached tirelessly in a club that has seen notable development of swimmers, within the limits of a 20 meter pool. He has attained and kept his coaching accreditation.
This year he has encouraged 3 of his senior swimmers to do their coaching tickets/accreditation, helping them along the way with advice, motivation and encouragement.
We would like to see Richard recognised by Swimming Northland for the long hours and immense effort he puts into each and every one of his swimmers all season. We value his intelligent approach to coaching, and his years of experience, and appreciate his dedication and enthusiasm for swimming. He gives all his time freely – the club covers his travel and accommodation costs for meets but every second of his coaching is as a volunteer, this doesn’t just include the up to 20 hours at season’s peak spent poolside at training, (and more at competitions) but also the hours of planning and analysis he puts in too. We know that his generosity makes us as a club very fortunate. Not only has he been coaching his own swimmers here at Bream Bay Swimming Club, he has also supported another club when they didn’t have a coach as well as supporting another coach to help with her training the older squads as she usually trains the younger kids.

Takahiwai Premier Team

Senior Team of the Year

The Takahiwai Rugby League Club senior team won the Rugby League Northland Premiership for the second year in a row going through the season unbeaten. They have now gone two seasons without losing a game and hold all of the trophies that RLN has to offer. They are all locals, with more than half of the team playing schoolboys for the club, which shows in how proud they are of their club. Ten members of the team were also part of the Northern Swords representative team that won the NZRL Championship after beating Otago in the final. Unlike some other teams, all of these players play for the love of the game only, and have to hold down full time jobs as well as their commitment to trainings and games. On top of this most of the players head into Whangarei on Sunday mornings to watch, coach and referee the junior games at the Bluegoose

Takahiwai Under 7 Team

Junior Team of the Year

The Takahiwai Under 7's team showed the true spirit of sportsmanship and commitment, which was amazing for such a young team. Although their season was affected by Covid restrictions (as was everyones) they still turned up to trainings and games week after week. Other teams pulled out of their competition (due to Covid) and they ended up playing against the same Portland team every week. Then the Under 5 competition folded, and rather than let these kids aged 4 and 5 miss out, they welcomed them into their team.
This was when the sportsmanship was really displayed as the Under 5's play tag while Under 7's play tackle. Without any prompting from the coaching staff the kids from both teams new who were U5 and U7 and played accordingly, taking it easy on the younger kids while still getting stuck in to the kids their age. Special mention to coach Cruz Gray and manger Jackie Mann as well as the Portland team, who did the same.

Michael Ashby-Doak

Junior Sportsperson

Michael was a member and captain of the Takahiwai Under 15 team that played in the Rugby League Northland competition. Playing in the halves he was awarded the teams Player of the Year award, not only because of his playing skill, but also because of his positive attitude and ability to help others improve. Michael has played for Takahiwai all through the Junior grades and is a great role model for all of the up and coming players.

Julie Paton

Referee of the Year

We, the members of Bream Bay swimming club committee, would like to nominate one of our club’s officials and committee member, Julie Paton, for Referee of the Year award.
This season has seen her officiating at a Northland level. Julie no longer has any of her own swimmers and is always willing to come along to the carnivals. Julie is also Swimming Northlands Technical officer, here she supports new and experienced officials, also overseeing their training from timekeepers right up to referee’s by mentoring regularly at both club/regional levels to assist
in their understanding of officiating.
Julie has been an extremely valuable club member for many years with Bream Bay. We would like to see her recognized for her efforts.

Rebecca Reade

Junior Sportsperson

We, the members of Bream Bay Swimming Club, would like to nominate one of our swimmer’s, Rebecca Reade.
We feel that Rebecca is a most deserving recipient of this award due to the dedication she continues to show towards Bream Bay Swimming Club and her swimming career.
This season, despite all the disruptions this year Rebecca qualified to swim at the New Zealand Short Course Championships, has qualified for the New Zealand Open Championships(to be held in April 2021). Rebecca won a bronze medal at the New Zealand Secondary School Championships for her 200m backstroke along with 5 other top 10 finishes.
Rebecca is one of our senior swimmers in our squad, Rebecca has shown real leadership within the squad. This season she is completing her bronze level coaches ticket/accreditation, has been helping teach para swimmers with Parafed NZ and recently went down to Hamilton with the NZ Para development squad. She is a qualified timekeeper this season and has helped our club out by timekeeping and marshalling at meets that she is not involved in.
We would like to see Rebecca recognised for not just her swimming achievements but for her dedication to all things swimming, at a Bream Bay level, Northland level and National level

Jesse Epiha

Sportsman of the Year

Jesse Epiha is the halfback and captain of the champion Takahiwai Rugby League Club Premier team. He was awarded the Player of the Year award for his contribution to the team, guiding them to back to back RLN Premierships. He was also halfback for NZRL Championship winning Northern Swords Representative team. Jesse also coaches the Takahiwai Under 15 team and has a great rapport with these young men, having coached some of them previously as Under 13's coach. As well as all of this, Jesse has given a number of past and current Takahiwai players job opportunities through his position as a leading hand at Raftslabs Northland.

Ed Wilson

Community Impact

Ed Wilson has had, and is still having an amazing impact on our community. Ed is the current coach of the Takahiwai Under 13's team, and has been involved in coaching junior teams for over 8 years. Having himself played for Takahiwai Schoolboys before going on to have a distinguished senior career captaining the team, earning his blazer for ten years service and being selected for the Northern Swords. Ed is now giving back to the club and community by coaching junior teams. Every Sunday during the season you will find him at the Bluegoose with his teams, when he isn't coaching he is refereeing or helping out with one of the other teams. He has taken teams to tournaments in Whakatane and Auckland, exposing kids from our community to what else is out there, not only on the field but off it as well. Ed is always the first to put his hand up for fundraising, whether it be driving a BBQ, making a hangi, organising a raffle or talking to sponsors. Ed also brings touch teams to Waipu every summer and was a driving force behind the Takahiwai v Waipu rugby/league games for both seniors and Under 13s. Eds latest venture is being part of organising and helping to run the Youth Fit academy along with Terry from Dembones Fitness and Boxing. As well as shaping the future of our youth through sport Ed has also helped, and continues to help, adults in our community to gain employment through his role at Northpine, by giving them a chance as he was once given by Bruce and Richard.

Malcolm Sandford

Services to Sport

The Waipu Bowling Club are proud to nominate Malcolm Sandford for the service to sport award
Malcolm has been a member of the Waipu Bowling Club for 51years having joined in 1970.
Malcolm was elected President for the years 1985/86 and 1986/87
He has won many Club Championship titles during his 51 years, including, 3 Singles,6 pairs,2 triples,3 fours, and has also been successful in many Club Open and Domestic competitions, both he and his late wife Val won several Mixed Club events.
Malcolm is currently a life member of the Waipu Bowling Club and continues to be very competitive in all events that he enters.
Malcolm continues to support the Club by not only being a major sponsor, but can be relied upon to attend any working bee when volunteers are required. He is also always available and willing to pass on his knowledge to newer and younger bowlers.

Waipu Premier Rugby Team

Senior Team of the Year

The Waipu RSC Premiers won their second title, in as many years, and their second in the history of the club. COVID severely impacted our community, and all communities throughout NZ, and it can’t be understated how it impacted sport and the difficulties sportspeople faced in very uncertain times. For the premier team to go through a very tough season in the manner it did was awesome – not only did the side win all but one game, they brought a form of normality and positiveness to our community – every week they played their hearts out for the good of the club, and its members, and supported the well-being of the Bream Bay community. The side had a lot of role models, on and off the park, and this was vital in its success but what stands out was that is was a true team, squad and club effort. To win a final, in the last minute of extra time, surrounded by security fencing, with no-less than 6 quality players unavailable due to COVID and/or injuries, was an unbelievable result.

Steve McClure

Services to Sport

Steve McClure does an outstanding job for the Waipu RSC. He has been instrumental in supporting the club, and our community, by way of being our Club Captain and general go-to for many years; this sees him work with players who need support and guidance, coordinate and manage reserve and premier matches, coordinate off field tasks and duties, assist referees and their match-day needs and work with patrons to ensure the club is a safe and enjoyable environment for the community to be a part of. What stands out is that Steve does the tough jobs – he is a person that finds solutions to things when others can’t, and he always gives 100% to support the club and community. His services to the club are quite simply outstanding, as his commitment to our club and to the community.

Flynn Cunis

Junior Sportsperson

Cricket: Bream Bay Division 1 captain, Northland Primary Boys representative. Flynn is a very talented leg spin bowler, batsman and fielder. He is a real team player and is supportive of his teammates and opposition players. With equal opportunities for all players the most important thing for junior grades, what stands out is that Flynn is more than happy for others to succeed and have their chance, which is great to see for a Year 7 and shows great sportsmanship. Waipu Rugby: Flynn played for the Waipu U12 rugby team and was awesome in all games. He was very strong on attack and brutal on defense - he was again a real team player and supported his teammates, on and off the field, often stopping to make sure his teammates and/or the opposition were ok if they were injured during the game. Takahiwai League: he played U13 league for Takahiwai and was a strong defensive player in the backline, with limited chances to play due to COVID. Flynn is a true all-round sportsperson.

Sean McCully

Sportsman of the Year

Sean McCully was a soldier for the Waipu Premier Rugby team. He played each and every game with grit and determination and showed massive club spirit. Sean is a no-nonsense player who plays for the love of the game - he trains hard, plays hard and is very supportive of his teammates, coaches, management and club. He fronts up every week and his 100 minutes in the final, at hooker, was inspirational. He epitomizes club sport and club spirit.

Marley MacKay

Coach of the Year

Marley MacKay lead the Waipu Premiers to the second title, in as many years - the second title in the club's history. In very trying circumstances, due to COVID, he managed to bring a team together that were facing numerous personal and societal challenges. His technical and tactical knowledge was great and he was able to work well with leaders in the side, to implement a good solid game plan that utilized players' strengths. He made a big impact on the club and he was fantastic for our community.

Matt Abraham

Coach of the year

Fantastic club and community spirit - that sums up this nominee. Matt Abraham was truly awesome this season. He was the coach of the Waipu Rugby Reserves team and did an outstanding job. He brought the team together in very trying circumstances with COVID and each and every week, he got a strong, competitive side on the park that epitomized our Bream Bay community spirit. He organised players, took trainings, sorted positions and all of the other general duties for a club coach. He did a great job in supporting the premier coach and when needed, he fronted up and played - including being on the bench in the premier final when the premier side had numerous players out due to COVID. Matt was, to put it simply, fantastic!

Sam McNamara

Sportsman of the Year

Waipu Premier Rugby Team Captain (winners of the Premier Competition 2020), Northland Rugby Mitre 10 Cup Team (Contracted Player and starting Number 8), Blues Development Team (Super Rugby). Sam is an inspirational player and leader in the Waipu RSC. He has high standards on and off the field - not only is he dedicated to playing and supporting his team mates and coaches, he also comes to various junior games to support the future of the club. He is a fantastic role model for players of all ages and he is a true Waipu and Bream Bay man!

Kylie Jacoby

Sportswoman of the Year

In 2020 Kylie won the Waipu Golf Clubs Women's Club Championship for both the Stroke Play and the Match Play. Kylie was selected to Captain the Northland Senior Women's Golf Team and played in the New Zealand Golf Interprovincial Tournament. 

Kylie was also selected to play in and captain the Northland Womens Masters Golf Team, which was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19.


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