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?Tags: Halberg Awards