Top honour to Silver Ferns

The Silver Ferns took out the Team of the Year as well as the Supreme Award at the Halbergs last...
The Silver Ferns took out the Team of the Year as well as the Supreme Award at the Halbergs last night. Photo: Getty Images
The Silver Ferns claimed New Zealand’s top sports honour for 2019 at the 57th Halberg Awards at Spark Arena in Auckland last night.

Alice Robinson
Alice Robinson
The World Cup-winning netball team claimed the Team of the Year award before being presented the supreme Halberg Award.

They edged out the Black Ferns Sevens, Black Caps and two rowing crews — the women’s double of Olivia Loe and Brooke Donoghue and the women’s eight.

Ten awards and a Sports Hall of Fame inductee were presented during the live ceremony.

Hosted by the Halberg Foundation, the event is also the major fundraiser for the charity set up by Olympic athletics champion Sir Murray Halberg.

Israel Adesanya was named Sportsman of the Year after becoming the UFC middleweight champion. He claimed the honours ahead of shot putter Tom Walsh, Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin and Black Caps captain Kane Williamson.

Lisa Carrington won the Sportswoman of the Year title for the fourth consecutive year. The canoeist, who claimed two world titles in 2019, collected the award ahead of Silver Ferns captain Laura Langman, Wanaka snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Dunedin motorcross rider Courtney Duncan.

Sophie Pascoe claimed the Para athlete of the Year category for the seventh time. The para swimmer, who won four gold medals at the 2019 world para swimming championships, was named ahead of fellow para swimmer and Wheel Black Cameron Leslie, the para cycling team of Emma Foy and Hannah van Kampen, and para shot putter Lisa Adams.

Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua was named Coach of the Year. She led the team to World Cup victory and was named ahead of Gordon Walker (canoe racing), Eugene Bareman (mixed martial arts) Gary Hay (rowing) and Roly Crichton (Para swimming).

Queenstown skier Alice Robinson won the Emerging Talent award and a $10,000 cheque from Sky Sport. She won gold in the giant slalom at the FIS Alpine World Cup and edged out Dunedin swimmer Erika Fairweather, cyclist Laurence Pithie and the sailing crew of Seb Menzies and Blake McGlashan.

Noeline Taurua was presented with the Sport New Zealand leadership award while All Black great Sid Going was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.

Yvonne Willering was also recognised with the lifetime achievement award for services to netball.


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