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Courtney Duncan was due to leave managed isolation and quarantine today.
Instead the motocross champion will be spending Christmas in isolation after a case of the Omicron variant was found in her Wellington hotel on Monday.
Duncan, who struggled to get an MIQ spot after winning her third Women’s Motocross World Championship in October, said it was an unfortunate situation, but just being back in New Zealand was a "good feeling" on its own.
The Palmerston athlete still had a reason to celebrate after arriving back in the country to find out that she had been nominated for sportswoman of the year at the Halberg Awards.
Being nominated alongside some big names was a rewarding feeling, she said.
"Especially, [in regards to] the women that have been at the pinnacle for a decade. That’s what inspires myself and I’m sure the younger generations coming through - you want to do the same and also leave a mark," Duncan said.
Duncan will leave MIQ on Boxing Day and plans to spend time with family and friends at home.