Wanaka ath­letes stoked at Hal­berg nom­i­na­tions


Wanaka freeskier Finn Bilous says he’s ‘‘re­ally grate­ful to even be con­sid­ered’’ for the Emerg­ing Tal­ent award at the up­com­ing Hal­berg’s.

The 17-year-old won sil­ver and bronze at the Win­ter Youth Olympic Games in Nor­way in Fe­bru­ary and fol­lowed it up with two wins at the United States Snow­board and Freeski As­so­ci­a­tion’s Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in April.

Bilous said he was ‘‘ex­tremely hum­bled’’ to be nom­i­nated con­sid­er­ing how tal­ented the other nom­i­nees were.

He’s joined on the Emerg­ing Tal­ent list by Wanaka par­a­lympic swim­mer Hamish McLean, 16, who com­peted at the Rio games in Septem­ber.

McLean said he was ‘‘very happy’’ about his nom­i­na­tion and hoped to make the short­list and at­tend the awards on Fe­bru­ary 9.

Two other Wanaka ath­letes were nom­i­nated in one of six cat­e­gories for the 54th awards.

Freeskier Jossi Wells is nom­i­nated for High Per­for­mance Sport New Zealand Sports­man of the Year and parask­ier Corey Peters, from New Ply­mouth but who trains at Cardrona, has been nom­i­nated for Dis­abled Sportsper­son of the Year.


Wanaka freeskier Finn Bilous.

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