Laura Quilter named Sportswoman of the Year

Friday, 18 October 2013

Wainui clubbie and member of the 2013 German Cup team Laura Quilter was last night named Albany Sportswoman of the Year at Massey University's BNZ Albany Blues Awards.

The Blues Awards, presented in association with BNZ, are awarded to students in recognition of their outstanding achievements in both sport and academic studies. Previous recipients include Mt Maunganui clubbie Lisa Carrington along with Hamish Bond and Juliette Haigh.

Laura is studying towards a Bachelor of Communications. She was also a member of the Black Fins team who won the title of lifesaving world champions at Rescue 2012. The 4x50 metre obstacle relay team won gold and set a new world record, and Laura gained an individual bronze in the 50 metre manikin carry.

Laura is also the Auckland Women's 100 metre backstroke champion, for which she received the Jean Ponder Memorial Shield, and she competed in the World University Games in Russia in July.

Next month, Laura will join two of her Black Fins team mates Steven Kent (Titahi Bay) and Samantha Lee (Lyall Bay) along with Midway's Chris Dawson to represent New Zealand at the 2013 International German Cup.

Hockey player Hugo Inglis was named Sportsman of the Year. Hugo is a fourth-year student studying towards a Bachelor of Business Studies, majoring in Finance with a minor in Politics.

Other Surf Life Saving club members who were presented awards include Surf Life Saving New Zealand Club Development Officer Scott Bicknell (Canoe Sprint), Jasper Bats (Flatwater Kayak) and Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (Swimming).

Meanwhile, at the Manawatū Blues Awards, several other club members were recognised. They include Natasha Hind (Surf Lifesaving and Swimming) Lisa Carrington (Canoe Sprint) Dylan Dunlop-Barrett (Swimming) Nielsen Varoy (Swimming) Mary Fisher (Swimming) and Hayden Moorhouse (Triathlon).


Photo: BNZ Massey University Albany Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Laura Quilter and Hugo Inglis.

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