Dr John Mayhew during the NRL Rugby League match between the Vodafone Warriors and The Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Anzac Day, Saturday 25 April 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.co.nz

Mayhew recognised in New Year honours

Long-serving Vodafone Warriors doctor John Mayhew has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to sports medicine in the New Year honours announced today.

Mayhew joined the Vodafone Warriors for the 2005 season and is set to begin his 12th campaign as the club's head doctor in 2016.

Mayhew turned to sports medicine in the late 1980s leading to 13 years with the All Blacks before he moved into his role with the Vodafone Warriors. He has now been overseeing the club's medical operations with the club for more than 270 NRL matches.

There was another rugby league connection in the honours list for Gary Endacott, son of former Vodafone Warriors and Kiwi coach Frank Endacott.

Gary was born with cerebral palsy, specialists telling his parents he would never walk. Now in his late 40s, Gary defied the prognosis and has since not only played rugby league but has run the New York marathon and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro among other feats. He has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to people with disabilities. 

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