“The finalists all achieved outstanding success on the world stage in 2015 and we look forward to celebrating and honouring them at the awards ceremony next month,”
The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation has announced 24 finalists for six categories at the 53rd Halberg Awards – the nation’s pre-eminent event to honour and celebrate sporting excellence by New Zealand teams and athletes in 2015.
Para-Swimmers Nikita Howarth and Sophie Pascoe are up for the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award for their achievements at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships where Howarth won double gold, and Pascoe claimed three golds, a silver and two bronze medals. Shooting para-sport athlete Michael Johnson, who set a world record and won five World Cup gold medals, is a contender along with para-skier Corey Peters who won two golds and a silver at the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships.
The finalists were selected by the Halberg Awards judges of former athletes, coaches and sports journalists who reviewed 63 nominations submitted for the six categories.
The winners will be presented at the 53rd Halberg Awards on Thursday 18 February 2016 at Vector Arena in Auckland and televised live on SKY SPORT.
The annual Halberg Awards is the major fundraiser for the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, the charity set up by Olympic champion Sir Murray Halberg (ONZ) to enhance the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders. The Foundation has a team of Disability Sport Advisers who connect physically disabled people to sport and recreation opportunities, it also provides grants for adaptive sports equipment, lessons and camps and hosts the Halberg Junior Disability Games - a national three day sports competition for physically disabled young people in Cambridge.
“The finalists all achieved outstanding success on the world stage in 2015 and we look forward to celebrating and honouring them at the awards ceremony next month,” says Shelley McMeeken, Chief Executive of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation.