54th Halberg Awards Winners

The winners of the 54th Halberg Awards will be announced on 9 February 2017 and broadcast live on SKY SPORT from 8pm. 

High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year Winner

Lisa Carrington
Lisa won gold in the K1 200m and bronze in the K1 500 at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Lisa also secured three gold medals and one silver medal at the 2016 Canoe Sprint World Cup.

High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportsman of the Year Winner

Mahe Drysdale
Mahe won gold in the Men's Single Sculls at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He also secured gold in the Men's Single Sculls at the 2016 Rowing World Cup II and the 2016 Rowing World Cup III.

Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Winner

Liam Malone
Liam won gold in the Men's 400 metre T43-T44, won gold and broke a Paralympic record in the Men's 200 metre T43-T44 and won silver in the Men's 100 metre T43 - T44 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Team of the Year Winner

Men's 49er - Peter Burling & Blair Tuke
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke secured the 49er gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. They also won the Sailing World Cup Hyeres, the European Championships, the 49er World Championship 2016 and at Kieler Woche.

Buddle Findlay Coach of the Year Winner

Gordon Walker
Gordon successfully coached Lisa Carrington to win a gold medal in the K1 200 and a bronze in the K1 500 at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Gordon also coached Lisa to win three gold medals and a silver medal at the World Cups in 2016.

SKY NEXT Emerging Talent Award Winner

Campbell Stewart
Campbell has won four junior world titles over the last two years, which is the most by any NZ cyclist in history.

New Zealand's Favourite Sporting Moment Winner

Eliza McCartney
Winning the bronze medal with her final pole vault attempt at the Rio Olympics (4.80m, women’s pole vault, Rio Olympics, Rio de Janeiro).

Sport New Zealand Leadership Award Winner

Sophie Pascoe
Sophie set a world record and won gold in the Women's 200 metre IM SM10. She also won gold in the Women's 100 metre Backstroke S10, in the Women's 100 metre Butterfly and won silver in the Women's 50 metre Freestyle S10 and the Women's 100 metre Freestyle S10 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Sophie also broke the world record in the 100 metre Butterly at the NZ Open Swimming Championships in April 2016.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Myra Larcombe
Myra was born in 1927 and has been involved in swimming and water safety as a competitor, instructor, coach and administrator since 1946 and is still going. Today you’ll see Myra on the pool side as a Top Energy WaterSafe Instructor at local Bay of Islands Schools teaching swimming and water safety at the age of 88. She’s now on to teaching the grandchildren of the people she taught when she started in 1946. When she first started instructing swimming, she used to teach at all the pools from Wellsford north, however now concentrates on a more manageable Bay of Islands area where over term 4 and term 1 of the school year, she is employed as a Top Energy WaterSafe Instructor, coupled with also giving much of her time as a volunteer outside of this role to schools and the Bay of Islands Swimming Club. Myra, has not only spent thousands of hours coaching, however also has an impressive career in competitive swimming. She started swimming competitively in 1946 with her abilities shining as a masters swimmer from 1978 – 2000 where she broke national records in disciplines such as 200m Butterfly (she still holds the NZ Masters 200m Butterfly for 70-74yrs).