Cycling dominates as 76 nominations for 2023 Halberg Awards announced

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Seventy-six nominations have been received for the 2023 Halberg Awards.

The nominations include previous supreme winners snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synott, canoeist Dame Lisa Carrington, shot-putter Tom Walsh and the All Blacks.

The nominations come from achievements from December1, 2022, to November 30, 2023, and include representatives from 27 sports.

There are 17 nominations for Sportswoman of the Year, including Sadowski-Synnott, Carrington, Ellesse Andrews, and rugby sevens players Tyla Nathan-Wong and Stacey Waaka.

Included in the 12 Sportsman nominations are Walsh, golfer Ryan Fox, driver Shane van Gisbergen, rugby player Ardie Savea, cricketer Rachin Ravindra and league player Shaun Johnson.

The All Blacks, NZ sevens teams and NZ Warriors are among the eleven 11 team nominations.

The 61st Halberg Awards ceremony will be on February 14, 2024.

Full list of nominees for the 61st Halberg Awards:

Sportswoman of the Year  

Alex Edwards (spearfishing), Courtney Duncan (motorcross), Ellesse Andrews (track cycling), Emma Twigg (rowing), Erika Fairweather (swimming), Erin Routliffe (tennis), Evie Corrigan (powerlifting), Lani Daniels (boxing), Dame Lisa Carrington (canoe racing), Luuka Jones (canoe slalom), Mea Motu (boxing), Samara Maxwell (mountain biking), Stacey Waaka (sevens), Tayla Bruce (lawn bowls), Tori Peeters (athletics), Tyla Nathan-Wong (sevens), Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (snow sports)

Sportsman of the Year

Aaron Gate (cycling-track), Ardie Savea (rugby union), Brendon Hartley (motorsport), Hayden Paddon (motorsport), Marko Stamenić (football), Paul Coll (squash), Rachin Ravindra (cricket), Ryan Fox (golf), Sam Gaze (mountain bike), Shane van Gisbergen (motorsport), Shaun Johnson (rugby league), Tom Walsh (athletics)

Para Athlete/Para Team of the Year

Anna Grimaldi (athletics), Anna Taylor (cycling), Ben Westenberg (cycling), Cameron Leslie (swimming and wheelchair rugby), Danielle Aitchison (athletics), Devon Briggs (cycling), Eltje Malzbender (cycling), Lisa Adams (athletics), Nicole Murray (cycling), Rachel Maia (climbing), Teri Blackbourn and Julie O'Connell (bowls), Will Stedman (athletics)

Team of the Year  

All Blacks (rugby union), All Black Sevens (sevens), Black Ferns Sevens (sevens), Black Fins (underwater hockey), Blackjacks (women's bowls), Jackie Kiddle and Matthew Dunham (coastal rowing), men's madison - Aaron Gate and Campbell Stewart (track cycling), men's team pursuit-Aaron Gate, Campbell Stewart, Tom Sexton and Nick Kergozou (track cycling), NZ Warriors (rugby league), women's K4 500m (canoe), women's team pursuit - Bryony Botha, Michaela Drummond, Emily Shearman and Ally Wollaston (track cycling)

Coach of the Year

Adrian Hegyvary (track cycling), Clark Laidlaw (sevens), Cory Sweeney (sevens), Damian Wiseman (para cycling), Gordan Walker (canoe), Ian Foster (rugby), Isaac Peach (boxing), Jason Clarke (powerlifting), Lars Humer (swimming), Liam Watson (underwater hockey), Mike Rodger (rowing), Nicholas Flyger (track cycling), Paul Manning (track cycling), Sam Thompson (mountain bike), Sean Thompson (snow sports), Simon Finnel (track cycling)

Emerging Talent

Ben Shirley (skate sport), Erice Van Leuven (mountain bike), Ethan Olivier (athletics), Julian David (climbing), Lucia Georgalli (snow sports), Milly Clegg (football), Tara Vaughan (canoe), Yanhao Li (figure skating)