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Val Smith

- Supreme Award Winner -

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Takapuna Bowling Club

- Club of the Year -

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It’s often said that good things take time, but the North Shore outfit have hit the accelerator over the last couple of years, a remarkable period of growth and achievement.

Their success has been recognised, named as the Summerset Bowls New Zealand 2021 Club of the Year.


Graeme Rees

- Coach of the Year -

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If coaching is the hardest job in sport, then Graeme Rees must love a challenge.

Across all sports there’s a generally accepted truism that nothing happens without good coaches but finding and developing those people that have the time, the energy and the talent isn’t easy, especially within our increasingly busy lives.

That’s why Graeme Rees has been recognised as the Summerset Bowls New Zealand 2021 Coach of the Year.


Bryce Wyatt

- Club Person of the Year -

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Wyatt has been Vice President since 2006 and currently serves as greenkeeper, main fundraiser, chief of maintenance and project manager, as well as being a ‘one man’ match committee.

Now Wyatt’s outstanding personal contribution has been regarded on a national scale, with Wyatt named the 2021 Summerset Bowls New Zealand Bowling Club Person of the Year.




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Eric Allison

- Greenskeeper of the Year -

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Eric Allison only became a greenkeeper after a chance conversation with a couple of mates – now he has been recognised as the best in the country.

The Christchurch-based Allison was thrilled to be honoured as the Summerset Bowls New Zealand 2021 Greenkeeper of the Year.


Dayle Jackson

- Umpire of the Year -

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When prominent Wellington Bowls identity Dayle Jackson first got the award notification, she thought there might have been some mistake. 

Jackson saw the email from Bowls New Zealand but wondered if she was really the intended recipient.  “I had to make sure I re-read it,” says Jackson. “You don’t expect things like this…there must be someone better.”

But there was no error, and Jackson had been recognised as the 2021 Summerset Bowls New Zealand Umpire of the Year.


Nicole Toomey

- Emerging Player of the Year (F) -

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Already known to New Zealand audiences for a popular win in the televised 'Bowls3Five' league, playing for the Stokes Valley Vipers, her major breakthrough, though, came at the beautifully manicured Carlton Cornwall greens earlier this year.

Nicole won her first open national title in the women's singles and defeated one of the greats of the game, Mandy Boyd (Elmwood Park), in a scintillating final.  Solidifying her run for the title Emerging Player of the Year - Female


Finbar McGuigan

- Emerging Player of the Year (M) -

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You only have to look at Wellington’s Intercentre side last season to know there is some promising rising stars within the sport – particularly centred in the capital.

Perhaps one of the more consistent names featuring at the business end of tournaments is Finbar McGuigan, the Stokes Valley protege and a product of investment in youth bowls.

His success has been recognised and he has been named as the Summerset Bowls New Zealand 2021 Emerging Player of the Year (M)


Val Smith

- Player of the Year (F) -

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“The desire and passion I have to play for New Zealand is still right up there” - Val Smith

Donning the silver fern for the Blackjacks on more than 600 occasions, amassing medals in both the Commonwealth Games, World Bowls and the former Asia Pacific Championships, Val is a household name in the New Zealand set-up.

Val’s efforts on the domestic scene in the last 12 months have been exemplary... With a commitment to the sport, and the results she achieved over the summer you can see why Val has been named Summerset Bowls New Zealand 2021 Player of the Year (F).


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Mike Galloway

- Player of the Year (M) - Award Shared

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Royal Oak bowler Mike Galloway spends thousands of hours on the green every year – literally.

Be that playing, training or working, the Auckland-based greenkeeper lives and breathes the environment on a daily basis. Tasked with looking after five greens in the Auckland region, the former New Zealand international is rarely away from the green.

Mike's dedication to the sport has been recognised, he has been named as the Summerset Bowls New Zealand 2021 Player of the Year (M) 


Lance Pascoe

- Player of the Year (M) -  Award Shared

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For Lance Pascoe, the season that was will be remembered as a breakout chapter.

After years of flirting with the top line silverware, Lance teamed up with former New Zealand representative Jamie Hill to claim his first national open title – a feat that had previously eluded him across several attempts.

On top of a fantastic haul this summer, Lance can add Summerset Bowls New Zealand 2021 Player of the Year (M) to that list!


Steven Delaney

- Para Player of the Year (B1-B4)-

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Few third year bowlers would have achieved the lofty heights that Stoke’s Steve Delaney has already enjoyed in his short career – let alone those playing with impaired vision.

Nominated for the Para Athlete of the Year (B1-B4) in this year’s Summerset Awards, news that Steve had won the category came as something of a shock to the Nelson junior.

Not only, nominated, but Steven Delaney is our Summerset Bowls New Zealand 2021 Para Player of the Year (B1-B4)


Bruce Wakefield

- Para Player of the Year (B5-B8) -

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For the third time in four years, Bruce Wakefield has been named the Summerset Para Athlete of the Year (B5-B8).

It’s an accolade he values and something he doesn’t take lightly, with each one, he says, holding special meaning and memory in its own right.

Bruce Wakefield, Summerset Bowls New Zealand 2021 Para Player of the Year (B5-B8).



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