Eric Murray (L) and Hamish Bond pose with the Halberg Award
for Team of the Year during the 2013 Halberg Awards at
Vector Arena in Auckland. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty
Hamish Bond and Eric Murray have taken the top prize at
the Halberg Awards at Auckland's Vector Arena tonight.
The outstanding men's rowing pair, who finished boat lengths
ahead of their closest rivals at the London Olympic Games,
were named Team of the Year before claiming the Halberg Award
To win the supreme award, Bond and Murray headed off the
evening's other Halberg Award winners - fellow rower and New
Zealand Sportsman of the Year winner Mahe Drysdale,
Sportswoman of the Year winner Valerie Adams and Disabled
Sportsperson of the Year winner Sophie Pascoe.
Adams, who won Olympic shot put gold after her main rival
Nadzeya Ostupchuk was disqualified for testing positive to a
banned substance, edged fellow Sportswoman of the Year
contenders Lisa Carrington, who won Olympic gold in the
kayak, and Lydia Ko, the 15-year-old golfer who has had an
incredible past 18 months.
Both Carrington, who triumphed in the 200m K1 event, and Ko
had excellent claims on the title.
Ko, the youngest winner in professional golf history when she
won the NSW Open title, carried on her achievements today
(Thurs) when breaking the course record to take an early
first-round lead at the Australian Open at Royal Canberra.
Last week she became the first Kiwi to win the New Zealand
Women's Open, although her recent achievements fell outside
the judging period.
Ko picked up the Emerging Talent award at the awards, which
are sponsored by Westpac.
The Halberg Award was presented to Bond and Murray by golfing
great Sir Bob Charles, the first athlete to win the trophy in
It was a big night for rowing, with coach Dick Tonks also
claiming victory in the Coach of the Year category.
Drysdale, who won Olympic gold in the men's single sculls in
London, beat All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, world
No1-ranked equestrian Andrew Nicolson and cyclist Simon van
Velthooven to the Sportsman of the Year award.
Pascoe took the honours for securing three gold medals and
three Silvers at the Paralympic Games in London last year.
Yachting champion Bruce Kendall and former New Zealand rugby
and cricket representative Jeff Wilson were inducted into the
New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame. They were presented with
their awards by Sir John Walker and Sports Hall of Fame
governor Bryan Williams.
Patron and life member of Athletics New Zealand, Arthur
Eustace, was presented with the Lion Foundation Lifetime
Achievement Award. As an athlete, Eustace won his first New
Zealand championship title in 1945 when he was 19 and went on
to win seven more New Zealand titles in sprints and hurdles.
Sir John Wells received the Sport New Zealand Leadership
Award for his services to sport. Sir John's achievements
include paving the way for the Triathlon World Championship
Grand Final in Auckland last year, the Auckland stopover of
the 2012 Volvo Ocean Race, and the 2007 Netball World
Championships in Christchurch.
Voting for the 50th Westpac Halberg Awards was carried out by
an academy of 30 sporting journalists, coaches and former
The 2012 finalists and winners:
2012 Halberg Award:
Winner: New Zealand's Men's Pair, Hamish Bond and Eric Murray
Finalists: Mahe Drysdale (High Performance Sport New Zealand
Sportsman of the Year), Valerie Adams (High Performance Sport
New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year), Sophie Pascoe (Halberg
Disability Sport Foundation Disabled Sportsperson of the
Year), Hamish Bond and Eric Murray (Westpac Team of the Year)
High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportsman of the Year:
Winner: Mahe Drysdale (Rowing)
Finalists: Mahe Drysdale (Rowing), Richie McCaw (Rugby),
Andrew Nicholson (Equestrian), Simon van Velthooven (Cycling)
High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year:
Winner: Valerie Adams (Athletics)
Finalists: Valerie Adams (Athletics), Lisa Carrington
(Canoeing), Lydia Ko (Golf), Sarah Walker (BMX)
Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Disabled Sportsperson of
Winner: Sophie Pascoe (Para-swimming)
Finalists: Mary Fisher (Para-swimming), Cameron Leslie
(Para-swimming), Sophie Pascoe (Para-swimming), Phillipa Gray
Westpac New Zealand Team of the Year:
Winner: Men's Pair, Hamish Bond and Eric Murray (Rowing)
Finalists: All Blacks (Rugby), NZ Men's 49er Class Team -
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (Yachting), NZ Men's Double
Scull - Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen (Rowing), NZ Men's
Pair - Eric Murray & Hamish Bond (Rowing), NZ Women's 470
Team - Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (Yachting)
SKY Sport Coach of the Year:
Winner: Richard (Dick) Tonks (Rowing),
Finalists: Calvin Ferguson (Rowing), Nathan Handley
(Sailing), Gordon Walker (Canoeing), Richard (Dick) Tonks
Westpac Emerging Talent Award:
Winner: Lydia Ko (Golf)
Finalists: Anton Cooper (Mountain biking), Dylan Kennett
(Track cycling), Lydia Ko (Golf), Andrew McKenzie (Yachting)
Sports Hall of Fame Induction: Bruce Kendall (Yachting) and
Jeff Wilson (Rugby, Cricket)
The Lion Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award: Patron and
Life Member of Athletics New Zealand, Arthur Eustace.
Sport New Zealand Leadership Award: Sir John Wells.