Olympic sports dominate the finalists for the Halberg
Awards announced tonight.
Single sculls champion Mahe Drysdale is nominated for
Sportsman of the Year' finalists, with fellow gold medallists
Eric Murray and Hamish Bond (pair), and Joseph Sullivan and
Nathan Cohen (double scull) up for the teams' gong.
Sailing's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, who won silver in the
49ers in London, will also contend for Team of the Year
alongside fellow sailors, Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, who took
gold in the women's 470.
The All Blacks, after retaining the Bledisloe Cup and winning
the Rugby Championship, are also nominated for Team of the
Sportswoman of the Year would appear to be the most closely
contested of the four major categories.
Valerie Adams retained her Olympic title in hugely
contentious circumstances and Sarah Walker was superb in
winning silver in the BMX.
Both would be worthy winners but it is difficult to see how
either can match the breakthrough years of kayaking's Lisa
Carrington, another gold medal winner in London, and the
remarkable achievements of golfer Lydia Ko.
It would be no surprise if the overall winner came from this
category, although Bond and Murray capping off four unbeaten
years with gold possibly make the most compelling case.
Para-swimming champion, Sophie Pascoe, who took three gold
and three silver medals at the Paralympic Games, joins fellow
para-swimming gold medallists Mary Fisher and Cameron Leslie
as finalists in the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year
category. Gold, silver and bronze medal winning para-cyclist
Phillipa Grey completes that list.
Sportswoman of the Year:
Lisa Carrington (Canoeing)
Valerie Adams (Athletics)
Lydia Ko (Golf)
Sarah Walker (BMX)
Sportsman of the Year:
Mahe Drysdale (Rowing)
Andrew Nicholson (Equestrian)
Simon van Velthooven (Cycling)
Richie McCaw (Rugby)
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Award:
Cameron Leslie (Para Swimming)
Mary Fisher (Para Swimming)
Phillipa Gray (Para Cycling)
Sophie Pascoe (Para Swimming)
Team of the Year:
NZ Men's Double Scull - Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen
NZ Men's Pair - Eric Murray & Hamish Bond (Rowing)
NZ Women's 470 Team - Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (Sailing)
NZ Men's 49er Class Team - Peter Burling and Blair Tuke
All Blacks (Rugby)
* The supreme Halberg Award comes from the winner of these
Andrew McKenzie (Sailing)
Lydia Ko (Golf)
Dylan Kennett (Track Cycling)
Anton Cooper (Mountain Biking)
Coach of the Year:
Gordon Walker (Canoeing)
Richard Tonks (Rowing)
Calvin Ferguson (Rowing)
Nathan Handley (Sailing)