Oct 5, 2018
Ricoh Southland are proud to be associated with successful Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel coach Reinga Bloxham, winner of the Ricoh Southland Coach of the Year category at the 2017/2018 ILT Southland Sports Awards.
In front of another sell out crowd at this year’s awards, the title-winning efforts of the Southern Steel were acknowledged, after a campaign which saw them recover from the adversity of a serious van crash two weeks out from the playoffs.
In her first season of coaching at this level, Bloxham got the most out of her players to complete unbeaten ANZ Premiership and Super Club campaigns, and kept them focussed despite the distractions which followed the crash in Christchurch.
“The tenacity and grit shown by the 2017 Southern Steel team was something to behold, and you have to put a lot of that down to the leadership and management within the franchise, including coach Reinga Bloxham,” Ricoh Southland managing director Reece McDonald said.
“Of course we know that the Steel have gone on to even greater things by going back-to-back in the ANZ Premiership and we look forward to celebrating that achievement next year.”
Bloxham headed a quality field of finalists in the Ricoh-sponsored team category, which included long-time cycling coach Sid Cumming and Hawke Cup-winning Southland cricket coach Steve Jackson.
Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said it was appropriate that Ricoh and McDonald were on hand to present the coaching award.
“Ricoh Southland are major supporters of Southland sport at all levels, and Reece is also involved as a participant, coach and administrator,” McDermott said.
“Southland sport relies heavily on the ongoing support of local businesses like Ricoh Southland.”
Photo: Ricoh Southland managing director Reece McDonald with Southern Steel and Ricoh Southland coach of the year Reinga Bloxham. Pic: Sport Southland