Merv officially a 'Sports Legend'

'LEGEND OF SPORT': Merv Utting with his dogs. File pictures
Dog trial master Merv Utting has been inducted in the Tairawhiti sports hall of fame as a “Legend of Sport”. He officially joins an elite lineup of the district’s very best sporting identities. A sizeable number of his dog trialling mates were on hand last night to see him honoured. Merv has recovered from a bad knee injury and came back to competition at the Spring Show where he was runner-up. File picture

Reknowned Gisborne dog triallist Merv Utting from Waimata was last night inducted as a Tairawhiti “Legend of Sport”, joining the high calibre range of the region’s outstanding sports people.

A biography was presented about him at the awards function at the Showgrounds Park Event Centre, the following is a part of it.

“For someone who shuns the limelight, Merv Utting has spent an awfully long time in it.

This master dog triallist has six New Zealand titles and 11 North Island titles to his credit, and over 55 years he has made 61 finals, with 22 different dogs.

He has represented New Zealand nine times in the hotly-contested trans-Tasman tests — four times as captain — and unsurprisingly, he is regarded as one of New Zealand’s best ever dog triallists.

Merv has been runner-up six times in New Zealand title classes and 10 times in North Island title classes.

In 2016, he was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to sheep dog trialling.
Over the years he has been both a national and international judge, a delegate to the New Zealand Dog Trial Association, a member of the Poverty Bay Centre executive committee and long-time president of the Waimata Dog Trial Club. He is a life member of the Poverty Bay Dog Trial Centre.

Merv and his wife Connie farm at Te Matai Station in the Waimata Valley.”

Reknowned Gisborne dog triallist Merv Utting from Waimata was last night inducted as a Tairawhiti “Legend of Sport”, joining the high calibre range of the region’s outstanding sports people.

A biography was presented about him at the awards function at the Showgrounds Park Event Centre, the following is a part of it.

“For someone who shuns the limelight, Merv Utting has spent an awfully long time in it.

This master dog triallist has six New Zealand titles and 11 North Island titles to his credit, and over 55 years he has made 61 finals, with 22 different dogs.

He has represented New Zealand nine times in the hotly-contested trans-Tasman tests — four times as captain — and unsurprisingly, he is regarded as one of New Zealand’s best ever dog triallists.

Merv has been runner-up six times in New Zealand title classes and 10 times in North Island title classes.

In 2016, he was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to sheep dog trialling.
Over the years he has been both a national and international judge, a delegate to the New Zealand Dog Trial Association, a member of the Poverty Bay Centre executive committee and long-time president of the Waimata Dog Trial Club. He is a life member of the Poverty Bay Dog Trial Centre.

Merv and his wife Connie farm at Te Matai Station in the Waimata Valley.”

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