31 Dec 2011

All Blacks feature in Halberg Sports Awards

6:10 pm on 31 December 2011

Two members of the successful Rugby World Cup All Black team are on the short-list of finalists for Sportsman of the Year for the Halberg Sports Awards.

Captain Richie McCaw and fellow flanker Jerome Kaino are among four finalists for the top individual honour.

The others are world champion rower Mahe Drysdale and equestrian Mark Todd, who won Badminton for a 4th time in 2011.

The All Blacks are finalists for the Team of the Year category, along with three world champion rowing crews - the men's double of Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan, the men's pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond and the women's pair of Juliette Haig and Rebecca Scown.

The Sportswoman of the Year finalists are world champion shot putter Valerie Adams, world champion kayaker Lisa Carrington, world champion of champions lawn bowler Jo Edwards and triathlete Andrea Hewitt, who won a gold in the World Championship finale.

Retired All Black coach Graham Henry, sevens coach Gordon Tietjens, rowing coach Richard Tonks and cycling coach Dayle Cheatley are contenders for Coach of the Year.

The finalists for the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year category are shooter Michael Johnson, swimmers Sophie Pascoe and Daniel Sharp and cyclist Jayne Parsons.

The winners will be announced in February.