Emerging Talent Award

The SKY NEXT Emerging Talent Award is designed to identify and assist a young athlete in their quest to become an Olympic, Paralympic and/or World Champion, and hopefully one day win the Halberg Award. The winner receives a $10,000 scholarship.

Eligibility

  • Must be a New Zealand Citizen, or hold a Resident or Permanent Resident Visa
  • Must be an individual athlete or athlete in a team
  • Must be under 20 years of age as of 30th November of the year nominated
  • Must represent New Zealand
  • Must not have achieved success at elite international level. Success at an elite international level is defined as having medalled at the Olympic or Paralympic Games or Senior World Championships (or that sports equivalent competition). NB Dispensation can be sought in special circumstances e.g. a non-playing reserve
  • Past winners of the Award are ineligible

Criteria

The criteria for the Emerging Talent Award is:

The criteria for the Emerging Talent Award is:

The Emerging Talent Award will be awarded to the individual athlete or athlete in a team, under the age of 20, who has the greatest potential to be an Olympic, Paralympic or World champion and a Halberg Award winner in the future.

Regarding the criteria, the Voting Academy consider:

1.    Past performance and achievement, including: 
       a. Significance of the athletes major performance or achievement  
       b. Significance of the competition or event where the major performance was achieved
       c. Other performances or achievements of significance
       d. Global nature of the sport

2.    Future potential, including:
       a. Potential to achieve at the highest (elite) level.
       b. Aspirations of the athlete and their qualities as a person, including:
           i. What their dream and/or goals are
           ii. How they are going to achieve their dream and/or goals
           iii. What they are prepared to give up in pursuit of their dream and/or goals
           iv. How they have responded to adversity
           v. How they have performed under pressure

Nominations

  • Must be made by National Sports Organisations or Voting Academy members
  • Are limited to one per National Sports Organisation
  • Must be on an official Emerging Talent Nomination Form and be submitted with a one page personal statement from the athlete detailing:
    i. What their dream and/or goals are
    ii. What they are going to do to achieve their dream and/or goals
    iii. What they are prepared to give up in pursuit of their dream and/or goals
    iv. How they have responded to adversity
    v. How they have performed under pressure in their career to date
  • Must be completed with as much information as possible relative to the past performance of the athlete and their potential to be an Olympic, Paralympic or World Champion.
  • Must be received by Halberg Disability Sport Foundation by 30 November - except for achievements which occur in December. NB Nominators are required to notify Halberg Disability Sport Foundation of any potential December achievements.

Voting

Nominations are considered and voted on by the Emerging Talent Voting Academy.

NB the Emerging Talent Voting Academy comprises eight to twelve members, who have considerable high performance sport experience. The Academy votes in two phases: the first to select the finalists, and the second to select the winner. Any applications for special dispensation will be decided by the Voting Academy.

Emerging Talent Voting Academy

The Emerging Talent Voting Academy comprises:

Paul Allison, Nigel Avery, Raylene Bates, Chris Bullen, Ron Cheatley, Ken Lynch, Mike Stanley, Byron Thomas.