Halberg nominations

January 1st, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Halberg nominations:

Sportsman of the Year: Aaron Gate (cycling), Andrew Nicholson (equestrian), Kieran Read (rugby), Scott Dixon (motorsport)

I’d say Dixon most likely to win. A great year for Read, but more difficult to win as an individual in a team sport.

Sportswoman of the Year: Lauren Boyle (swimming), Lisa Carrington (canoeing), Lydia Ko (golf), Valerie Adams (athletics)

I think it has to be Ko. Golf is so much more universally competitive. To be No 4 in the world in golf is huge.

Team of the Year: All Blacks (rugby), Black Sox (softball), Men’s Pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray (rowing), Women’s 470 – Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (yachting) and Men’s 49er Class Team – Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (yachting)

A perfect year for the All Blacks makes them hard to beat.

Coach of the Year: Eddie Kohlhase (softball), Guy Wilson (golf), Nathan Handley (yachting), Steve Hansen (rugby)

Hansen probably, but possibly Kohlhase.

Disabled Sportsperson of the Year: David Monk (blind bowling), Mary Fisher (para swimming), Mike Johnson (para shooting), Sophie Pascoe (para swimming)

Pascoe has won it so often, probably someone else?

Emerging Talent: Ella Williams (surfing), Gabrielle Fa’amausili (swimming), Jake Lewis (motorcycling), Tom Murray (rowing)

No real idea, but Williams is making waves (yes, pun)

And for the overall award, hard to pick but maybe the All Blacks?

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7 Responses to “Halberg nominations”

  1. MH (558 comments) says:

    I’d give it to Val over a technical K.O.
    Yeah, Definitely

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  2. thor42 (772 comments) says:

    For “sportsman of the year” I’d probably pick Nicholson over Dixon.
    Eventing is an Olympic sport and I think it has a higher profile here than Dixon’s wins. IMO horses are much more difficult to consistently win on than cars are.
    IMO Dixon isn’t quite in the same league as (say) Ivan Mauger – another motorsport (speedway bike) great who completely swept all before him for several years and deservedly won “Sportsman of the year” too.

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  3. Sonny Blount (1,829 comments) says:

    The gulf between world champion and olympic medalist and no 4 in the world is huge.

    Lydia Ko does not need an award for potential a la Barack Obama’s Nobel. She will eventually get to No 1 and win majors. Give her the award when she does those things.

    She won’t always be but Valerie Adams is still head and shoulders our best female athlete. Without googling our only significant 4x World Champion?

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  4. NK (916 comments) says:

    If Ko is sportswoman of the year, then Wilson has to be coach of the year. You can’t recognise the athlete but ignore the coach. Same with the ABs. If they are team of the year then Hansen has to be coach of the year.

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  5. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    Val Adams has to be. I’d like Lisa Carrington but Val Adams deserves it.

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  6. ben (2,386 comments) says:

    Is Team NZ excluded for not winning? If so, excellent. (I am pleased sports awards have not yet been captured by the PC participation-is-what-counts crowd).

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  7. igm (859 comments) says:

    I thought Len Brown would be nominated, after all, even with a heart condition, he seems to outperform many men half his age. He has the records to prove it.

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