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Sportsman of the Year

Welterweight boxer Jeff Rackley is the 1972 Sportsman of the Year. Rackley's boxing skill, combined with his talents in other sports — cricket, rugby and volleyball — won him the coveted Nelson Evening Mail award. The second Honour award to be presented was won by athlete Rodney Dixon. The guest speaker at the function was New Zealand cricket captain Bevan Congdon, a former Sportsman of the Year, and the first recipient of the Honour award.


Nelson's top sportsmen and sportswomen. Jeff Rackley is in the middle of the front row with Honour award winner Rod Dixon. At left are Bevan Congdon and Mrs Congdon. On the right are Mr R. D. Lucas, managing director of "The Mail," and Mrs Lucas. Award winners were, top row, Terry Mitchell, rugby; Ivan Neale, stock cars; Roger Pierce, cricket; Dean Rackley, Les Rackley and Brent Bright, boxing, Alan Rose, chopping; and Graeme Carr, soccer. Third row: Mary Anderson, tennis; Jill Bennett, horse riding; Ross Hore, racing cars; Shirley Charles, roller skating; Kim Gallagher, athletics; David Guthardt, hockey; Wayne Hodgson, cricket; Mark Horrack, swimming; Priscilla Kelly, darts; Susan Mclntyre, athletics; and Dave Taylor, basketball. Second row: Russell Aubrey, Gerald Price and Jeffrey Vessey, soccer; Bob Cooke, motorcycling; Jan Reid, basketball, John Dixon, athletics; Robert Preston and Rex Sellers, sailing; Ken Wadsworth, cricket; Kevin Riddle, Stuart Crust and Gary Parkinson, soccer. Front: Jack Stuart, Stephen Woodfine, Gary Denison and, at right, Colin Chisholm, Michael Brown and Richard Jary, all soccer. Absent were: Orlando Nahr, of Westport, rugby; and John Duncan, gymnastics.

Jeff Rackley with Bevan Congdon and Rodney Dixon.