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NZ Rural Sportsperson of the Year

March 16th 2021

CONGRATULATIONS to Stephanie McNair, who on Friday night at the Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards not only won the Fonterra Young NZ Rural Sportsperson of the Year Award, but also took out the Norwood Supreme NZ Rural Sports Award.


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Young shooter scoops top gong at NZ rural sports awards

- George Heagney - Mar 14 2021 - MANAWATU STANDARD



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Dannevirke shooter Stephanie McNair, 17, won the supreme award at the New Zealand Rural Sports Awards. She also won the young New Zealand rural sportsperson of the year award.

Young Dannevirke shooter Stephanie McNair reigned supreme at the New Zealand Rural Sports Awards.

The 17-year-old Palmerston North Girls’ High School student was named the youth sportsperson of the year and won the supreme gong at the awards ceremony at Awapuni Racecourse on Friday night.

The New Zealand Rural Games were in Palmerston North at the weekend, with the sports awards recognising many of the competitors in action during the weekend.

Target shooter McNair only started in the sport in 2018, and quickly moved up the ranks from D grade to A grade.

Last year she won numerous competitions, including some against top shooters from around the country. She also had wins against teams from Great Britain and the United States.

After winning the youth award she said she was grateful for all the opportunities she had, and it was cool to see what a girl from a small town like Dannevirke could achieve.

“I hope I can shoot some more bullseyes next year.”

She hoped to be selected for the New Zealand team for the Oceania games, as well as the North Island open, junior and women’s shooting teams, where she can then qualify for New Zealand teams. She also planned to become the top secondary school shooter at the national secondary school championships in September.