Aon wraps up another year of events

It’s been another huge year of sponsorship for Aon New Zealand, particularly in and on the water with yachting, rowing and swimming events. Below are some of this year’s sporting highlights:





Yachting

The Aon Fast Track programme kick-started the year in February with the yachting squad naming which included three experienced sailors returning to the team and six newcomers. 

Aimed at accelerating the progress of the most talented youth sailors, the Aon Fast Track programme gives them the support needed to jump from youth ranks to top international youth and successful Olympic campaigners.

"It's so critical to have support at this level to enable sailors to make the step up. We can't thank Aon enough for the support they have given us." Geoff Woolley - Talent Development Manager.

Below, Ted Houry winning the 2019 Yachting New Zealand Aon Emerging Talent Award. Ted is a 13-year-old from Northland and has only been sailing competitively for a short time - he has certainly made a name for himself.

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Rowing

February also saw the Aon NZ Junior Regatta take place at Lake Karapiro, followed closely by the Aon North Island Secondary School Championships, commonly referred to as the Aon Maadi Cup, take place at the same venue in mid-March.

This year’s Maadi Cup included six days of racing, with a record of 131 schools participating. Finals were very hotly contested with St Margaret’s College 1 winning the Levin Jubilee Cup in the girl’s U18 eight. Christchurch Boys’ High School won the Aon Maadi Cup for the boy’s U18 eight.

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Aon Maadi Cup Legacy

In 2018 Aon extended their support of the event with the addition of the Aon Maadi Cup Legacy. This promotion sees the winning schools of the the boy’s and girl’s under-17 single scull events take home a brand new single skiff, thanks to Aon’s partnership with Laszlo Boats. The 2019 winners were Shakira Mirfin of Southland Girls’ High School and Scott Shackleton of Christchurch Boys’ High School.

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Swimming

It’s been a very exciting year for swimming with Sophie Pascoe claiming four World Records in the Women’s S9 50m Freestyle, S9 100m Backstroke, S9 100m Butterfly and the S9 100m Freestyle at the Aon NZ Open Championships. 

Erika Fairweather from Neptune was also a standout at the event, swimming an incredible 4:09.33 seconds in the Women’s 400m Freestyle – a qualification time for the 2019 FINA World Championships. An incredible achievement for a 15-year-old!

Erika also competed at the Aon National Age Group Championships earlier in the year where she broke 3 records in the U15 100m, 800m and 200m Freestyle.

Squash

Close to 200 competitors battled it out at this year’s Aon NZ Junior Open for squash. Several up-and-coming young players were particularly successful, including Belmont Park's Gabe Yam who won his third title (NZ Junior title) after taking out the Oceania U19 and Australian U19 titles. Yam, who is 18-years-old, has a PSA world senior ranking of 283.
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 Basketball

In June and July the Aon Nationals took place in various locations around the country. For the Under 19 Nationals, the ultimate winner was Harbour who took out both the Men’s and Women’s grand finals and boasted both Most Valuable Players of the event, Sam Mennenga and Emme Shearer.

The Aon U17 National Champions were Waikato, who won their third U17 Girl’s Championship in the last five years, and Waitakere West who closed out their grand final and retained an impressive unbeaten run through the 2019 championships.

There was another double win at the Aon U15 Nationals, with Waikato taking out both the boys’ and girls’ championships. Geoff Blampied, Aon CEO, commented after the final, “…what a fantastic result to have both the girls’ and boys’ titles. It was great to see such talented young players representing many regions throughout the tournament.
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Aon’s sporting sponsorship supports participants in youth sports and junior events across the country in a variety of different sports. We are proud to support New Zealand’s young athletes and encourage these capable and determined young people to challenge themselves to do better and achieve their potential in sport and in life.

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