The 59th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards ceremony will recognise achievements in the 2020 and 2021 years, due to the impact of Covid-19 on international sport the Awards ceremony in 2021 was a ‘Decade Champion’ celebration.

The information below outlines the eligibility rules for each of the Major Award Categories (including the supreme Halberg Award, Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Para Athlete/Team of the Year, Team of the Year and Coach of the Year).

The supreme Halberg Award is chosen from the winners of the Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Para Athlete/Team of the Year and Team of the Year categories.

General Eligibility

  • Only sporting achievements within the dates of 1 December 2019 to 30 November 2021 are eligible.
  • An individual nominee must be a New Zealand Citizen or hold a Resident or Permanent Resident Visa.
  • Nominations close on 1 December 2021 at 8pm. Any entries made after this date will not be accepted.
  • Sporting achievements in New Zealand and overseas are eligible.
  • Achievements that start in November 2021 but finish in December 2021 will be eligible for the 60th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards only.
  • All nominations will be reviewed by HPSNZ and the Nominations Board for approval to ensure the eligibility criteria has been met before submitting for judging.

Category specific criteria

ISPS Handa Para Athlete/Team of the Year

Must hold a national or international classification in a Para sport as an individual Para athlete or Para team. A Para team must be either:

  • A New Zealand representative Para team, or
  • A Para team that is a registered New Zealand entity.
  • Two or more people competing in the same single event are considered a Para team, eg wheelchair rugby.
  • Classified athletes are eligible for the Halberg Award (supreme), Para Athlete/Team and Emerging Talent categories only.

ISPS Handa Team of the Year

  • Must be two or more people competing in the same single event, eg a rowing pair, are considered a team.

Buddle Findlay Coach of the Year

  • New Zealanders coaching athletes/teams from other countries are eligible.

Sky Sport Emerging Talent

  • Must be an individual athlete or athlete in a team
  • Must be under 20 years of age as of 1st December 2020 (this encompasses the two year period)
  • Must not have achieved success at elite international level. Success at an elite international level is defined as having medalled at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games or Senior World Championships (or that sports equivalent competition). Dispensation can be sought in special circumstances e.g. a non- playing reserve
  • Past winners of the Award are ineligible