2019 Halberg Awards: Shot putter Tom Walsh earns supreme honours

World champion shot putter Tom Walsh has taken supreme honours at the 2019 Halberg Awards.

Walsh, 26, won his three biggest events of the year, taking gold medals at the world indoor championships and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, while also taking out the prestigious Diamond League title.

He also improved his standing on all-time shot put rankings, throwing 22.67m to become the sixth-best performer in history.

Walsh captured his second straight Sportsman of the Year title, edging out Winter Olympic ski medallist Nico Porteous, and motor-racing champions Scott McLaughlin and Scott Dixon.

Canoeist Lisa Carrington took out her third consecutive Sportswoman of the Year, after her one-gold/three-silver medal haul at last year's world sprint championships.

Skier Adam Hall was named Para Athlete of the Year for his gold-medal performance at the Winter Paralympics in South Korea.

The Black Ferns Sevens were named Team of the Year, while canoe coach Gordon Walker was rewarded for his work with Carrington as Coach of the Year.

Lisa Carrington and coach Gordon Walker celebrate
Lisa Carrington and coach Gordon Walker celebrate their Halberg Awards. Photo credit: Photosport

Former Black Fern rugby captain Dr Farah Palmer was presented with the leadership award, while former world champion discus thrower Beatrice Faumuina entered the NZ Sports Hall of Fame and athletics official Barry Hunt received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The full list of winners was:

Sportsman of the Year - Tom Walsh (athletics)

Sportswoman of the Year - Lisa Carrington (canoeing)

Team of the Year - Black Ferns Sevens

Para Athlete of the Year - Adam Hall (skiing)

Coach of the Year - Gordon Walker (canoeing)

Emerging Talent - Maddison-Lee Wesche (athletics)

Favourite Sporting Moment - Anna Leat (football)

Leadership Award - Dr Farah Palmer (rugby)

Hall of Fame - Beatrice Faumuina (athletics)

Lifetime Achievement Award - Barry Hunt (athletics)

Supreme Winner - Tom Walsh (athletics)


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