Top Sportsperson Chosen

Otaki Axewoman Takes Top Honours

For 2010 Sportsperson Award

9th May ..2010

Alma Wallace,of Otaki, has outclassed 12 other finalists to become 2010 Sportsperson at the annual awards dinner at Southwards Museum in Paraparaumu.

Alma, who is a mother of three and manages 180 dairy cows, also won the top sportswoman in her event – wood chopping and sawing.

She received her prize at a star-studded event sponsored by Kapiti Pak ‘n Save and the Lions Club of Kapiti.

A true amateur, Alma has had to make her way without sponsorship and has to pay all her own travel expenses for trips in NZ and overseas.

She trains six days a week and is a keen member of the Waikanae Axers Club, where she’s been given great support in her road to the top.

Last year she was rated second in the world in her event – and she’s now No. 1 Axewoman in New Zealand., unbeaten in the 11-inch underhand championship.

But competition for the top award, and 11 other awards, was fierce.

The other winning contestants are:

Keeley O’Hagan Otaki Athletics
John Hook Paekakariki Surf Lifesaving
Jo Forster Raumati South Swimming
Gavin Rolton Paraparaumu Wheelchair Rugby
John Turner Raumati Beach Athletics
Mary McElligott Paraparaumu Bch Tennis
Christie Osborne and Waikanae Sailing
Janey Goedhart Otaihanga Sailing
Michael Ratcliffe Paraparaumu Tennis
Mike George Paraparaumu Cricket
Reyon Kay Paraparaumu Speed Skating
Alma Wallace Otaki Wood chopping and Sawing
Alma Wallace Otaki Wood chopping and sawing


Pictures kindly supplied by Valerie Payne and Sharon Hollow from the Manakau Store, SH1

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