The 2012 Halberg Finalists

January 1st, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

So who do people think will win the ? The finalists are:

Sportswoman of the Year:

  • Lisa Carrington (Canoeing)
  • Valerie Adams (Athletics)
  • Lydia Ko (Golf)
  • Sarah Walker (BMX)

My heart says Lisa Carrington but my head says Lydia Ko. Golf is a more universal sport than canoeing, and being the top ranked amateur at age 15 is amazing. All four nominees are worthy finalists.

Sportsman of the Year:

  • Mahe Drysdale (Rowing)
  • Andrew Nicholson (Equestrian)
  • Simon van Velthooven (Cycling)
  • Richie McCaw (Rugby)

I think probably Mahe Drysdale?

Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Award:

  • Cameron Leslie (Para Swimming)
  • Mary Fisher (Para Swimming)
  • Phillipa Gray (Para Cycling)
  • Sophie Pascoe (Para Swimming)

Can only be Sophie.

Team of the Year:

  • 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 (Sailing)
  • NZ Men’s 49er Class Team – Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (Sailing)
  • All Blacks (Rugby)

I think Murray and Bond would be favourites.

Emerging Talent:

  • Andrew McKenzie (Sailing)
  • Lydia Ko (Golf)
  • Dylan Kennett (Track Cycling)
  • Anton Cooper (Mountain Biking)

Ko.

Coach of the Year:

  • Gordon Walker (Canoeing)
  • Richard Tonks (Rowing)
  • Calvin Ferguson (Rowing)
  • Nathan Handley (Sailing)

Probably Gordon Walker I’d say.

Make your picks below.

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17 Responses to “The 2012 Halberg Finalists”

  1. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    I think the winners should be:
    Valerie Adams – defended her Olympic gold medal in great style and showed a touch of class in dealing with the doping furore. Lisa Carrington’s win was great, but in more of a niche sport, whereas Adams has dominated a core Olympic event. Lydia Ko has still to make the considerable step up to pro golf before her undoubted talent could be recognised, and she will get the emerging talent award..
    Mahe Drysdale – no contest
    Murray & Bond – no contest
    Dick Tonks – directly coached Drysdale and the pair and oversaw the fabulously successful NZ rowing team.

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  2. dime (9,787 comments) says:

    meaningless awards judged mainly by snobs. olympians will clean up.

    rock throwing much more difficult than golf…

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  3. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    Sportswoman of the Year: Adams

    Sportsman of the Year: McCaw (pre knighthood)

    Team of the Year: All Blacks

    Emerging Talent: Ko

    Coach of the Year: A rower

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  4. Dean Papa (787 comments) says:

    Lydia Ko needs to work on her Kiwi accent before she can be given a Halberg.

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  5. Zapper (1,002 comments) says:

    I’m sure we’ll get the irrational All Black haters here soon, spreading their unique brand of cheer.

    I agree with mikenmild’s selections, although all nominees have had huge years and deserve recognition.

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  6. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    It does bug me a bit that a rowing pair/double sculls or two yachties can be a ‘team’. To me, the team of the year would be our rowing team at the Olympics

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  7. big bruv (13,656 comments) says:

    Can anybody tell me why (other than for PC reasons) we have a category for disabled sportsperson of the year?

    Good on them for going out and competing but let’s be honest, it is hardly top or elite sport and who the hell really takes an interest in it?

    Not sure why McCheat or the NZ rugby team are ever included in these awards given that rugby is a third rate international (ha ha) game which is followed by even less people who watched disabled sport.

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  8. rolla_fxgt (311 comments) says:

    Emerging talent has to be Anton cooper, he is the first NZ’er to win a world championship in cross country mountian biking, and at such a young age too, I think he’s only 17 or 18. He’s highly likely to win us Olympic gold in the next few Olympics.

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  9. Keeping Stock (10,246 comments) says:

    Copy and paste from my thread at Keeping Stock, because I can’t be bothered retyping:

    So here are our picks for who WILL win, with who we think SHOULD win in brackets:

    Sportswoman of the Year: Lisa Carrington (Lydia Ko)
    Sportsman of the Year: Mahe Drysdale (Mahe Drysdale)
    Team of the Year: Eric Murray and Hamish Bond (Murray and Bond)
    Disabled Sportsperson of the Year: Sophie Pascoe (Sophie Pascoe or Cameron Leslie)
    Emerging Talent: Lydia Ko (Anton Cooper; Lydia Ko has already emerged!)
    Coach of the Year: Richard Tonks (Richard Tonks)
    Supreme Award: Eric Murray and Hamish Bond (Murray and Bond)

    Lydia Ko should win Sportswoman of the Year for her stellar performances from January right through to October. But it’s Olympic year, and an Olympian will win.

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  10. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    The case for Lydia KO as Supreme Sportsman of the Year
    1.She is currently the top ranked womens golfer in the world.
    2.In 2012, Ko became the youngest person ever to win an LPGA Tour event
    3.Earlier in 2012, she became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event
    4 2012- she is currently the Australian, the US and World Amatuer Champion
    5.She has won two professional tournaments as an amatuer.
    6.She was New Zealands top earning athelete (even though she did not collect any of the cash) Lydia Ko* (golf) $392,090 Marina Erakovic (tennis) $384,307 Valerie Adams (athletics) $200,000 Kim Smith (athletics) $150,000 Casey Williams (netball) $100,000.
    7.Golf is a world wide sport.
    8. How big is golf? When she turns pro her annual earnings will equal McCaws career.
    9. Achieving what she has is even more remarkable because of her age.

    I’ve based my thoughts on world wide impact, the All Blacks are the only other ones on the list that have close to a global brand and they are no names in the USA where Ko is already a super star.

    Here is the list of the people who makes the decisions:Philippa Baker-Hogan, Richard Becht, Richard Boock, Hamish Carter, Ron Cheatley, Graeme Crosby, Greg Ford, Andy Hay, Rachael Henderson, Debbie Hockley, Michael Jones, Jayne Kiely, Dave Leggat, Danyon Loader, Te Arahi Maipi, Jonathan Millmow, Peter Montgomery, Ron Palenski, Farah Palmer, Ramesh Patel, Michelle Pickles, Mark Richardson, Susie Simcock, Mark Sorensen, Mike Stanley, Rikki Swannell, Howie Tamati, Brendan Telfer, Sarah Ulmer and Adine Wilson.

    and when I see that list I have been wasting my time 9 women and apart from Baker they are either team sport girls or auto cue readers.

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  11. Keeping Stock (10,246 comments) says:

    mikenmild said

    Lydia Ko has still to make the considerable step up to pro golf before her undoubted talent could be recognised, and she will get the emerging talent award..

    What??? Lydia Ko won TWO professional tournaments last year, the three most prestigious amateur titles in women’s golf, and finished top amateur at both the US and British Opens. She can’t win the “Emerging Talent” category; she emerged long ago.

    Dean Papa said

    Lydia Ko needs to work on her Kiwi accent before she can be given a Halberg.

    A mate of Winston, are you Dean? What an absurd, xenophobic comment.

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  12. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    and Ulmer

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  13. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    KS
    She remains an amateur though; when she becomes a professional and wins a major I should imagine she will have a better chance to take the top honour. Surely a chap as astute as you can work out the difference.

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  14. lilman (948 comments) says:

    Done forever and a day!!!!!!!!

    Sophie Pascoe is without doubt the Sports Woman Of The Year, all the rest are pretenders,I shall never donate or support this debacle event for patent bigotry.

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  15. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Not sure why McCheat or the NZ rugby team are ever included in these awards given that rugby is a third rate international (ha ha) game which is followed by even less people who watched disabled sport.

    So very true. No doubt others in the KB community will join me in thanking you for saying this ;)

    Valerie Adams – defended her Olympic gold medal in great style and showed a touch of class in dealing with the doping furore.

    I considered her behaviour disgusting and totally lacking in class. Her acting out caused me to lose all support for her.. I think you will find she “dopes” herself btw. The crime, for her competitor, was getting caught. That is the reality of high level sport and do not think Kiwis are the only ones who don’t use performance drugs. I would love to be in charge of testing the precious AB’s

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  16. Zapper (1,002 comments) says:

    The All Blacks and McCaw could cure cancer and Big Bruv would say McCaw cheated and the All Blacks shouldn’t be recognised :)

    Your years of consistent bias against them make your opinions redundant BB.

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  17. Left Right and Centre (2,910 comments) says:

    1) VA. Especially after two lots of shit in one go she suffered… fools and cheats.

    2) Mahe. I haven’t even heard of Simon van Hoo the fuck is he?

    3) I don’t give a shit.

    4) The ABs. Kidding!! I don’t know if they’re on the list… that rowing crew with the come from behind strategy that looked like boys competing against giant men and won gold in London. That was fucking awesome to watch.

    5) I don’t give a shit. At least I’ve heard of Lydia Ko.

    6) Whoever coached 4). And… should be put in charge of the economy too. Calvin Ferguson. I knew that without looking it up. damn… he must be good.

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