Rowing Halberg Award Finalists
The finalists have been announced for the 52nd Halberg Awards. The Awards celebrate New Zealand's sporting achievements for the 2014 calendar year. 27 finalists have been named in six categories at the Halberg Awards, of those four are rowing nominations.
The winners of the Sportsman, Sportswoman, Disabled Sportsperson and Team of the Year award categories will be eligible for the top honour- the supreme Halberg Award
Women's Single Sculls World Champion Emma Twigg is a finalist in the High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year category, along with golfer Lydia Ko, canoeist Lisa Carrington, and shot putter Valerie Adams.
The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Team of the Year features three world champion title winners in 2014 - including rowing's Hamish Bond Eric Murray who won the men's pair and men's coxed pair at the 2014 World Rowing Championships. They line up alongside Cycling's Men’s Team Sprint of Ethan Mitchell, Eddie Dawkins and Sam Webster, and the yachting 49er crew of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke, as well as the Four Nations winners the Kiwis league team and Auckland City FC who finished third at the FIFA Club World Cup event.
In the SKY SPORT Coach of the Year award rowing's Gary Hay is up for honour along with All Black's coach Steve Hansen, Anthony Peden (cycling), Gordon Walker (canoeing), and Stephen Kearney (rugby league).
Zoe McBride a young rower is a finalists for the Emerging Talent Award beside pole vaulter Eliza McCartney, cyclist Regan Gough, and mountain biker Sam Gaze. The winner receives a $10,000 sporting scholarship.
The award winners will be announced at the 52 nd Halberg Awards event at Vector Arena, Auckland, on Wednesday 11 February, 2015. The event will also be televised live on SKY SPORT.