Tyla Nathan-Wong finalist second time round

By Rahia Timutimu

Many of the world champion recipients are finalists in two categories: Sevens star Gillies Kaka, Black Sox captain Brad Rona and Woodchopper Jason Wynyard are nominated for Senior Māori Sportsman, while Canoeist Lisa Carrington and Women's Sevens player Kayla McAlister join Cricketer Suzie Bates as finalists for Senior Māori Sportswoman.

Up-and-coming sevens star Tyla Nathan Wong is also in two sections; Junior Māori Sportswoman and the TPK World Champions Award.

Tyla Nathan-Wong may be one of the youngest players in the NZ Women's Sevens team at just 19 years old, but she's a strong member in the side.

She's travelled with the team to Fiji, Dubai, China, Amsterdam and Russia.

Tyla's dad David Wong says he's extremely proud.  "I never thought I would see her where she is at such an early age.  She trains really hard.”

Her team is currently in Dubai for the first leg of the IRB Women's Sevens World Series.  Here at home, her family is thrilled with her success.

This year, Tyla received her second nomination in the Trillian Trust Māori Sports Awards in the Junior Māori Sportswoman section.

Last year, she just missed out on the title, but her family is confident this year.

Through Tyla's success, she's become a role model for younger sister Shee and brother David.

Shee and David have made Auckland representative teams and both want to achieve the same success.

Tyla and her family will attend the awards this Saturday.