The criterion for the supreme Halberg Award is:
The Halberg Award will be awarded to the individual athlete, athlete in a team, or team whose achievement represented excellence in sport at the highest level.
When voting the judges consider the following:
- Regarding the achievement, was it in that sport's 'pinnacle event' (eg Olympics, Paralympics, Rugby World Cup)
- Regarding the achievement, was it a world record, or world ranking or recognition (eg 'World Player of the Year').
- Regarding the achievement, the quality of the field / competition
- the global nature of the sport.
This is in turn applied to the Sportsman, Sportswoman, Disabled Sportsperson & Team awards (which are all eligible for the supreme Halberg Award), as well as the Coach award.