Tight race for sports awards


Hur­ri­canes and All Blacks king­pin Beau­den Bar­rett faces com­pe­ti­tion from a world cham­pion, an Amer­ica’s Cup win­ner and two Com­mon­wealth Games medal­lists to go back to back at next month’s Welling­ton sportsper­son of the year awards.

Bar­rett, named World Rugby’s player of the year in 2017, has been con­firmed as a fi­nal­ist in the sports­man cat­e­gory he won last year.

His chal­lengers are from a va­ri­ety of codes: world cham­pion Black Sox soft­baller Joel Evans, Team New Zealand Amer­ica’s Cup win­ner Josh Ju­nior, Black Sticks sil­ver medal­list Stephen Jen­ness and swim­mer Lewis Clare­burt, last year’s emerg­ing sports­man win­ner who snared bronze in the pool at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

The sportswoman cat­e­gory is equally tight with para-cy­clist Kate Ho­ran mak­ing two fi­nals af­ter her sil­ver medal ride at the world para­cy­cling track cham­pi­onships.

Also in the sportswoman fi­nals are Com­mon­wealth Games hockey gold medal­list Kelsey Smith, kayaker Kayla Im­rie and rower Jackie Kid­dle who both shone at world cham­pi­onships, and crick­eter So­phie Devine who was dom­i­nant at do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional level.

Soft­ball fea­tures strongly with Mark Soren­son up for coach of the year af­ter guid­ing the Black Sox­men to the world ti­tle. Rugby’s Welling­ton Lions and their coach Chris Gibbes are in the re­spec­tive fi­nals for team and coach, as are the Saints and Kevin Braswell af­ter their per­fect 20-0 sea­son to win the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League ti­tle.

NBA star Steven Adams fea­tures in one cat­e­gory: per­son­al­ity of the year which will be de­cided by a pub­lic vote. Also there are Devine, rugby’s Asafo Au­mua, net­ball’s Whit­ney Souness and cricket’s Michael Papps. Fi­nal­ists for the Welling­ton sportsper­son of the year awards on June 20:

Sports­man: Beau­den Bar­rett (rugby), Lewis Clare­burt (swim­ming), Joel Evans (soft­ball), Stephen Jen­ness (hockey), Josh Ju­nior (sail­ing).

Sportswoman: So­phie Devine (cricket), Kate Ho­ran (para-cy­cling), Kayla Im­rie (ca­noe sprint), Jackie Kid­dle (row­ing), Kelsey Smith (hockey).

Coach: Kevin Braswell (bas­ket­ball), Chris Gibbes (rugby), Gary Hol­ly­wood (swim­ming), Mark Soren­son (soft­ball), Christie van Dyk (cricket), GlenWil­son (squash).

Team: East­bourne bowls, Hutt Val­ley men’s soft­ball, Hutt Val­ley women’s soft­ball, Lions rugby, Saints bas­ket­ball, Scot­tish men’s ath­let­ics.

Dis­abled sportsper­son: Pa­trick Dono­van (para-ath­let­ics), Ben El­lis (para-ath­let­ics), Mary Fisher (para-swim­ming), Kate Ho­ran (para­cy­cling), Libby Leikis (para-ath­let­ics).

Emerg­ing sports­man: Jakob Bhula (cricket), Brad Car­son (soft­ball), Sea­mus Curtin (bowls), Eli­jah Just (foot­ball), Camp­bell Robin­son (ath­let­ics).

Emerg­ing sportswoman: Qona Christie (judo), Darae Chung (golf), Mila Reuelu-Buchanan (net­ball), Imo­gen Skel­ton (ath­let­ics), DanielleWat­son (ca­noe sprint).

Club: HikoikoiWaka Ama, Mana Kayak Rac­ing, Spe­cial Olympic­sWelling­ton, Tawa Squash, Welling­ton Row­ing.

Of­fi­cial: Gareth Fowler (net­ball), Jim McIl­roy (ath­let­ics), Ben O’Ke­effe (rugby), Wayne Saun­ders (soft­ball), Michelle Woolf (gym­nas­tics).

Tr­ish McKelvey lead­er­ship award: Nina Brown (row­ing), Christina Ed­monds (rugby), Lisa Jones (foot­ball), Jo Mur­ray (ath­let­ics), Brad Shields (rugby).

Vol­un­teer: Mal­colm Benge (cricket), Keith Fraser (sail­ing), Chris Kingston (judo), Bubs Reweti (net­ball), Al­lan Smith (foot­ball).

Per­son­al­ity: Steven Adams (bas­ket­ball), Asafo Au­mua (rugby), So­phie Devine (cricket), Michael Papps (cricket), Whit­ney Souness (net­ball).


Welling­ton Blaze all­rounder So­phie Devine is among the fi­nal­ists for sportswoman of the year.

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