Jim Taotahi has no delusions about his sporting ability.
Among the 54-year-old prison warden's main reasons for competing in triathlon are "to get my weight down", and to share time with his active family. That doesn't mean the Hawke's Bay Multisports Club member doesn't set himself personal goals. Last year it was stepping up from club short-course events to the IronMaori half-ironman.
And it was that achievement, along with improvement at club level, which saw him feted at the club's annual prizegiving alongside world class competitors like Ali Hollington, who finished three hours ahead of him in the IronMaori as first woman home.
Hollington, currently in Europe, is the club's star - her outstanding 2011-12 achievements including qualification for the World Ironman (Kona), Long Distance and Age-Group championships, and winning the 45-49 age-group at the 2011 Challenge Roth Ironman (the Kona of the Challenge series) which earned her "Performance of the Year".
But Jim, named most improved senior or veteran male, typifies the true spirit of the club, supporting its calendar of events since starting in team races "five or six years ago".
"It's just something I enjoy," he said. "I like getting out. You set benchmarks for yourself and try to improve."
As a prison shift worker "time" is always a limiting factor. After struggling for fitness during 2011, Jim admits "everything seemed to be a little bit easier" during the recent season. His major achievement, the IronMaori, was completed in under eight hours.
Club stalwart Jeanette Cooper said: "Jim is a great example of real people giving it a go." Motivation is always at hand as his wife, Karen, is a capable triathlete, recently qualifying in the 50-54 age-group for the World Championships in Auckland in October.
Some of the other award winners will also be there, while Vet 2 Male club champion Brett Mudgway will be in Kona, Hawaii for the World Ironman Championships earlier that month.
The quality of the award winners clearly shows the good health of the sport in Hawke's Bay right through the ranks, with juniors Devon Beckman and Bradley Christison already having taken national titles.
HBMSC development manager Brendon Lodge said: "I hope more Hawke's Bay people come and have a look at our events and realise that anyone can participate."
The awards night featured three-time Coast to Coast winner Emily Miazga as guest speaker.
Hawke's Bay Multisport Club's 2012 Prizegiving
Junior Male Devon Beckman
Junior Female Molly Shepherd
Senior Male Jeremy Natusch
Senior Female Laura Harris
Veteran 1 Male Glen Yule
Veteran 1 Female Jo Baker
Veteran 2 Male Brett Mudgway
Veteran 2 Female Judy Shepherd
Junior Male Bradley Christison
Junior Female Abigail Hussey
Senior or Veteran Male Jim Taotahi
Senior or Veteran Female Vicki Fuhrer
Performance of the Year Ali Hollington
Volunteer of the Year (adult) Rhoda Lodge