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.