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Men's Pair win 2014 Supreme Halberg Award

  • 12 Feb 15

The rowing combination of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray won the supreme honours at the 52nd Halberg Awards at Vector Arena in Auckland. Bond and Murray were named the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Team of the Year before claiming the Halberg Supreme Award for their 2014 achievements.

Bond and Murray were up against other Halberg Award contenders including 2013 supreme award winner golfer Lydia Ko who claimed the High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year. Cricket Black Caps captain and High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportsman of the Year winner, Brendon McCullum and Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Disabled Sportsperson of the Year winner, Mary Fisher for the top gong.

Bond and Murray won the Men’s Coxless Pair at the 2014 World Rowing Championships and have been undefeated in this boat class since 2009. In 2014 the Olympic champions also entered the Men’s Coxed Pair event with coxswain Caleb Shepherd – winning the world title and setting a new world record in the process. It was the first time in 13 years that any rowing crew had won two world titles in the same year. The pair were presented the supreme award by former Olympic and world champion rower and the current New Zealand Olympic Team Chef De Mission Rob Waddell.

T he full list of winners and finalists for the 52 nd Halberg Awards:

Halberg Award winner: Men’s Pair – Hamish Bond, Eric Murray (Rowing)

Finalists: Brendon McCullum (High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportsman of the Year), Lydia Ko ((High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year), Mary Fisher (Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Disabled Sportsperson of the Year).

High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year winner: Lydia Ko (Golf)

Finalists: Emma Twigg (Rowing), Lisa Carrington (Canoeing), Valerie Adams (Athletics).

High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportsman of the Year winner: Brendon McCullum (Cricket)

Finalists: Brodie Retallick (Rugby), Richie McCaw (Rugby), Sam Webster (Cycling), Steven Adams (Basketball).

Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Disabled Sportsperson of the Year winner: Mary Fisher (Para-Swimming)

Corey Peters (Para-Skiing), Emma Foy and Laura Fairweather - pilot (Para-Cycling), Sophie Pascoe (Para-Swimming).

Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Team of the Year winner: Men’s Pair – Hamish Bond, Eric Murray (Rowing)

Finalists: Auckland City FC (Football), Kiwis (Rugby League), Men’s Team Sprint - Ethan Mitchell, Eddie Dawkins and Sam Webster (Cycling), NZ Men’s 49er Class Team - Peter Burling, Blair Tuke (Yachting).

Emerging Talent winner: Regan Gough (Cycling)

Finalists: Eliza McCartney (Athletics), Sam Gaze (Mountain Biking), Zoe McBride (Rowing)

SKY SPORT Coach of the Year winner: Anthony Peden (Cycling)

Finalists: Gary Hay (Rowing), Gordon Walker (Canoeing), Stephen Kearney (Rugby League), Steve Hansen (Rugby).

New Zealand’s Favourite Sporting Moment winner: Brendon McCullum (Cricket)

Finalists: Brendon McCullum (Cricket), Men’s Team Sprint (Cycling), Scott McLaughlin (Motorsport), Richie Patterson (Weightlifting), Anton Cooper and Sam Gaze (Cycling), David Nyika (Boxing), All Blacks (Rugby), Kiwis (Rugby League), Lydia Ko (Golf), Auckland City FC (Football).

Sport New Zealand Leadership Award: Barbara Kendell (Boardsailing)

New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame induction: Stacey Jones (Rugby League) and Barbara Kendell

(Boardsailing)

Lion Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award: Dawn Jones (Netball)