Lowe West Coast Sportsperson of Year

By Tui Bromley

Hokitika axeman Adam Lowe was judged the 2013 West Coast Sportsperson of the Year at the annual awards dinner at Shantytown on Saturday.
Lowe, who also won the award last year, cemented his place at the top of the chopping world with victory in the 375mm World Standing Championship at the Canterbury Royal Show.
It was his fifth world title for the year and he also obliterated two world records at the gala day that marked the reopening of the Theatre Royal Hotel, in Kumara, earlier this year.
His challengers for the award were Otago-based former Hokitika paralympian Holly Robinson, and young Cobden bowler Ethan Kelleher.
The team of the year award went to the Greymouth Athletic Club’s Mahar Cup winners, while hockey coach Ronnie McGee was named administrator of the year.
Awards organiser Chips Robinson said the occasion was a great success, with West Coast sporting heroes — Boston Marathon winner Dave McKenzie, of Dunollie, and Kiwis rugby league captain Tony Coll, of Greymouth — making great stand-in guest speakers after Martin Devlin was a late withdrawal.