Turning heads: Queenstown's Ruby Andrews is one of the Whakatipu's finalists in the Otago Sports Awards, being presented in Dunedin tonight


Two Queenstown athletes, two high school sports teams and a resort coach are among finalists in this year’s Otago Sports Awards, being presented tonight in Dunedin.

Local freeskier and Big Air competitor Ruby Andrews, who won the women’s freeski slopestyle in Leysin, Switzerland, in March, is in the running for junior sportswoman of the year, alongside Tokyo Olympics swimmer Erika Fairweather and NZ handball player Annalise
Wilson, both of Dunedin.

Snowboarder Tiarn Collins, who represented New Zealand at the Beijing Winter Olympics
and then went on to become the first Kiwi to win the FIS Crystal Globe, is up for sportsman of the year.

Other finalists in that category are Wānaka multisporter Braden Currie, who won this year’s one-day Coast to Coast and Dunedin Olympian canoe slalom paddler Finn Butcher.

Queenstown snowboard slopestyle and Big Air coach Sean Thompson’s a coach of the year finalist, along with Brent Ward (athletics) and Tommy Pyatt (freeski halfpipe).

Two Wakatipu High School/Whakatipu Rowing Club teams are also competing against each
other in the new ‘‘emerging talent team of the year’’.

The school’s under-16 boys’ coxed quad sculls and U17 girls’ coxed quad sculls, both of
which won gold at this year’s Maadi Cup, are in the running, along with Dunedin’s John
McGlashan College curling team.

Meantime, Winter Games NZ boss Marty Toomey’s up for official of the year, alongside
James Doleman (rugby) and Chris Gaffaney (cricket).