Future rugby stars win gold at awards

More than 200 junior rugby players throughout Hawke's Bay received the Unison Medal at a presentation at the Napier Old Boys' Marist club rooms this week.

"It's the fourth consecutive year the Unison Medal has been presented, and we are delighted to see the pride and delight on the faces of the players as they receive their medal," Unison Group chief executive officer Ken Sutherland said.

"We are proud to be able to recognise the achievements of these future rugby stars."

Recipients were nominated by their coaches for having consistently shown great work ethic, discipline and sportsmanship. The popular Unison Medal was presented by "Powerman" and members of the Hawke's Bay Magpies.

Unison this week also announced Mark Lawson from Taradale 10th Grade Chiefs, as the winner of the Greatest Supporter Award.

Throughout the season, Unison and The Edge radio station visited sidelines of junior rugby games across Hawke's Bay. While handing out hot drinks and muffins, they gathered nominations for volunteers who have shown great support for their team, rain or shine.

"The Greatest Supporter Award recognises that without the dedication of volunteer coaches, referees and family members, the junior rugby programme would not be possible.

"We have had some great nominations come through, and we're pleased to be able to show our appreciation through this award."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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