Sara McGlashan (WHITE FERNS), Suzie Bates (WHITE FERNS) and Trent Boult (BLACKCAPS) have been named as finalists for the 2022 Māori Sports Awards.
The Māori Sports Awards will be presented at Tūrangawaewae Marae, Ngāruawāhia, on the 26th of November, aiming to promote and encourage Māori sports people in the pursuit of excellence.
Read more about Suzie, Sarah & Trent’s achievements below.
Sara McGlashan - Māori Sports Coach
Sara McGlashan (Ngāti Porou), has made an outstanding start to coaching, following a distinguished career with the WHITE FERNS.
The player-turned-coach was an integral part of the successful WHITE FERNS Commonwealth Games campaign, helping the team to a bronze medal in her role as Assistant Coach.
McGlashan more recently found coaching success against the West Indies, helping the WHITE FERNS to their first ever series win in the Caribbean.
Suzie Bates - Senior Māori Sportswoman
WHITE FERNS stalwart Suzie Bates (Ngāi Tahu) enjoyed another successful season through 2021-22 and will be a strong candidate for the Senior Māori Sportswoman award.
Bates claimed a Commonwealth Games bronze medal with the WHITE FERNS, leading from the front as vice-captain and the tournament’s fourth highest run-scorer.
She topped the run-scorer leaderboard in the Dream11 Super Smash and made strong contributions to the Otago Sparks Hallyburton Johnstone Shield title win.
During the HBJ Shield she made the competition’s highest score, with 138 against Northern Districts. Her 235-run partnership with Kate Ebrahim was the highest ever in all formats for all wickets for Otago.
During the New Zealand off-season, Bates managed to win ‘The Hundred’ 2022 competition with the Oval Invincibles. She also captained the Falcons in the first ever Fairbreak Global T20 competition held in Dubai in May.
Trent Boult - Senior Māori Sportsman
Trent Boult (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Porou) had a prolific 2021-22 season across a number of series and formats.
Boult was instrumental for the BLACKCAPS test team that went on to win the Inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) against India.
Boult took five wickets across the match and picked up the crucial wickets of India’s game breakers, all of whom were in good form going into the match following a historic series win in Australia.
Boult was also a key member of the T20 team that made the ICC T20 World Cup Final in the UAE, becoming the second highest wicket taker at the tournament - picking up 13 wickets at an average of 13.30.
Boult is currently ranked the No.1 ODI bowler in the world and during the past 12 months became the fourth New Zealander to claim 300 test wickets - the most recent Kiwi to achieve this feat after Sir Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee.
Boult also led his IPL Franchise Rajasthan Royals to the final during the 2021 IPL tournament taking 16 wickets across the tournament.
Check out all the finalists for this years Māori Sports Awards here.