4 Feb 2009

Vili wins Halberg Supreme Award again

10:02 am on 4 February 2009

Olympic shot put gold medalist Valerie Vili has again secured New Zealand's greatest sporting honour, the Supreme Halberg Award.

Vili, 24, won gold at last year's Beijing Olympics and has now become sports woman and Supreme Halberg Award winner for the second year in a row.

The Halberg Trust says 2008 was a year of total domination for Vili, with her winning every international competition she contested.

Her coach, Kirsten Hellier, is also a repeat-winner, taking out Coach of the Year.

Sportsman of the Year went to Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon, the first New Zealander to ever win the race.

Rowing's double scull pair Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell won Team of the Year, ahead of the Rugby League World Cup-winning Kiwis.

The twins successfully defended their 2004 Athens Olympic double scull title in Beijing - the first time in history that the women's double scull title has been successfully retained.

Valerie Vili says new challenges will keep her motivated in athletics over the next few years, including defending her world shot put title.

"Before I was the hunter, now I am the hunted. Its an exciting position to be in ... it makes me keep up, just make sure I'm doing everything right in training on a day to day basis."