Each week from now until the annual ASB Young Sports Person of the Year awards dinner in November, we will profile two of the past winners as we count down to the annual event which honours the region's top college sportspeople

Emily Drumm (Avondale) 1992

Around a decade before Martin Guptill at Avondale College, there was Emily Drumm.

She played midweek First XI cricket for Avondale in 1992, but her recognition as the ASB YSPOTY girls' winner was mainly because of her achievements in cracking the White Ferns at just 17. Drumm would go on to be one of the finest White Ferns in history, averaging 144 with the bat, including two centuries, in five tests, and scoring 2844 runs at 35 in 101 ODIs and taking 37 wickets at 21. Her crowning career moment, however, came when she led New Zealand to the 2000 Cricket World Cup title.

Drumm recalls her 1992 sporting year with fondness.


"Those were the days when sport was everything," she says.

She played cricket but also tried her hand at football, badminton, hockey, whatever was going. But she admits she would not have been on the ASB awards radar -- ahead of 1991 winner Beatrice Faumuina -- were it not for her White Ferns selection.

"I'd played for Auckland since I was 14, but debuted in 1991-92 for the White Ferns. I was still pretty young and probably didn't have the maturity, so it took a while to find my feet. I was picked early on as a bowler who could bat, so I spent a lot of time learning how to bat at that level."

After several seasons playing and coaching at Kent in England, and winning a county title, Drumm, now 40, is back in Auckland with two children and a job as strategic accounts manager for Fuji Xerox. She still helps coach the Auckland Hearts women's rep side and is loving the Cricket World Cup in our own backyard.

"The ASB award was a lovely accolade to look back on. Then, of course, I had to go out and prove I was worthy of it," says Drumm.

Drumm has always been a trailblazer in sport. She played sevens rugby against the boys until the age of 10 and in 1986 forced a rewrite of the constitution after she made -- on merit - the Eastern Districts B primary schoolboys' rep side.

Swimmer Gabrielle Fa'amausili, in 2013, is the only other Avondale supreme winner, and we await the next cricket overall winner.

Jonah Lomu (Wesley) 1993
Those who watched any 1993 Condors 7s TV coverage will never forget the sight of a Wesley College colossus laying waste to the St Kentigern defence in the final.


Jonah Lomu was then 18, and it looked like man against boy in the Condors as he scored try after try.

Lomu was already carving a name for himself with his tryscoring exploits for the Wesley First XV, mainly from No8, but also his monopoly of the school's athletics records. There seemed little he could not do on the rugby field, and he even banged over a few goals for good measure.

Lomu was no less dynamic for the NZ Schools in 1993, scoring an extraordinary try versus England Schools and then a double against Australian Schools in hefty wins, two countries he would later haunt at senior level. No fewer than nine of that NZ Schools squad would go on to be All Blacks, plus two more who played for Manu Samoa.

Lomu become the youngest test All Black in 1994, and by 1995, just turned 20, he was partly responsible for a rugby revolution following his feats, on the wing, at the Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Lomu finished his All Blacks days in 2002 with 37 tries from 63 tests, though he was often hampered by a kidney condition, for which he still needs dialysis.

Now 39, Lomu is a rugby ambassador for adidas and World Rugby. He is married with two children and lives in Wellington.

Lomu was the first of three boys' supreme winners from rugby, but the first and only Wesley boy to receive the accolade.