Auckland, New Zealand (21 February 2019) - New Zealand Para alpine skier Adam Hall has been named ISPS Handa Para athlete of the Year for 2018 at the 56th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards during a ceremony at Spark Arena in Auckland tonight.
Adam Hall won the award for claiming gold and bronze at the Paralympic Winter Games. The Para alpine skier headed off Para swimmer Sophie Pascoe, Para canoe racer Scott Martlew and fellow Para alpine skier Corey Peters.
The annual Awards is the major fundraiser for the Halberg Foundation, the charity set up by Olympic athletics champion Sir Murray Halberg (ONZ), which aims to enhance the lives of physically disabled young New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation.
Tom Walsh has claimed New Zealand’s top sports honours for 2018 at the 56th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards during a ceremony at Spark Arena in Auckland tonight.
The shot putter won the ISPS Handa Sportsman of the Year for the second consecutive year before being presented the supreme Halberg Award by Rob Waddell.
Walsh was recognised for his outstanding achievements in 2018 including victories at the World Indoor Championship, Commonwealth Games and Diamond League events. He edged out freeskier Nico Porteous and motor racers Scott McLaughlin and Scott Dixon to claim the ISPS Handa Sportsman category.
Lisa Carrington claimed the High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year award for her third year running. The canoe racer who claimed a gold and three silver medals at the Canoe Sprint World Championships was named ahead of squash player Joelle King, horse rider Jonelle Price and snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott.
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