The Halberg winners

February 19th, 2016 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Halberg winners were:

  • Sportswoman – Lydia Ko
  • Sportsman – Kane Williamson
  • Disabled Sportsperson – Sophie Pascoe
  • Team – All Blacks
  • Coach – Steven Hansen
  • Emerging Talent – Eliza McCartney
  • Sporting Moment – Grant Elliott’s six on the 2nd to last ball to win
  • Supreme Award – All Blacks

All fairly uncontroversial choices.

You could argue Ko should have got the supreme award as she got No 1 in a sport that is globally competitive, rather than played by a smaller number of countries. But you can understand why the All Blacks got it as the first team to defend the Rugby World Cup successfully.

Dan Carter may be hard done by not to get Sportsman of the Year but he did get International Rugby Player of the Year.

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?

The Halberg winners

February 15th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Simon Plumb at Stuff reports the Halberg winners:

  • Halberg Supreme Awards – Hamish Bond and Eric Murray
  • Sports Team – Hamish Bond and Eric Murray
  • Sportsman – Mahe Drsdale
  • Sportswoman – Valerie Adams
  • Disabled – Sophie Pascoe
  • Coach – Richard Tonks
  • Emerging Talent – Lydia Ko

The only one I would really dispute is the sportswoman award. I think Lydia Ko and Lisa Carrington were both higher up the achievement stakes – and Ko higher than Carrington. I would have had Adams third – and no disrespect to her – just a measure of the many great results in 2012.

The 2012 Halberg Finalists

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

So who do people think will win the Halberg Awards? 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)


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.

The Halbergs

February 10th, 2012 at 7:31 am by David Farrar
  • Coach of the Year – Sir Graham Henry
  • Sportsman of the Year – Richie McCaw
  • Team of the Year – the All Blacks
  • Sportswoman of the Year – Valerie Adams
  • Emerging Athlete – Jacko Gill
  • Favourite Sporting Moment – the All Blacks
  • Disabled Sportsperson – Sophie Pascoe
  • Supreme Award – the All Blacks

It was the Al Blacks’ year. No arguments from me.

Also of note:

  • Sports Hall of Fame – John Kirwan, Philippa Baker, Brenda Lawson
  • Lifetime achievement award: Bruce Cameron
  • Leadership award: Sir Murray Halberg

Halberg is now aged 78. He set up the Halberg Trust to help children with disabilities almost 50 years ago.

Worthy Champions

February 5th, 2010 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The women were the big winners at last night’s Halberg Awards, with champion shot-putter Valerie Vili taking home the annual supreme title and retired rowing champs Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell being named Sports Champions of the Decade.

The golden girls – now Georgina Earl and Caroline Meyer – enjoyed a golden night when they headed off other Halberg Award winners from 2000-09, including Vili.

I think it is going to be a very long time before people stop thinking of Mrs Earl and Mrs Meyer as the Evers-Swindells!

So the Halberg decade winners have been:

  1. 1900s – 1905 All Blacks
  2. 1910s – Anthony Wilding (tennis)
  3. 1920s – George Nepia (if you have to ask which sport, you are in the wrong country)
  4. 1930s – Jack Lovelock
  5. 1940s – Bert Sutcliffe (cricket)
  6. 1950s – Yvette Williams (athletics)
  7. 1960s – Peter Snell (who also won the century award)
  8. 1970s – John Walker
  9. 1980s – Sir Richard Hadlee
  10. 1990s – Danyon Loader (swimming)
  11. 2000s – Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell

SST on Halberg Awards

January 5th, 2009 at 7:58 am by David Farrar

Greg Ford in the SST reviewed the finalists for the Halberg Awards. He is upset that Mahe Drysdale did not make the finals.

Ford has contradictory logic. On the face of it Drysdale should not be a finalist as he only won a bronze, yet Ford argues:

The often controversial judging panel has done it again, this time overlooking Drysdale, who, while in the process of winning his bronze in Beijing against immense odds, restored our faith in sport and New Zealand sportspeople alike.

So he argues the fact he won a bronze while sick from food poisoning means he should be a finalist. But then later on he argues:

And, by including Paralympics swimmer Sophie Pascoe ahead of Erakovic, the judges seemingly blew any chance to argue there is no room for sentimentality when comparing and weighing the performances of athletes (see Drysdale).

The photogenic Pascoe performed with distinction. No ifs, no buts. She did a great job and, like Drysdale, stole our hearts by overcoming the odds.

But the cold, hard reality, is that the Paralympics can’t be compared alongside the real deal, or Wimbledon for that matter.

But now overcoming the odds doesn’t count when you are a paralympian. Ford manages to dismiss all paralympians (and make no mistake the top competitors there spend just as many hours a day training as other professional sportspersons, if not more), reduces Sophie Pascoe’s three gold medals (and one silver) to “performed with distinction” and then belittles her further by labelling her “photogenic” as if that is why she was made a finalist.

A pretty patronising article.