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Sevens recognised in Halbergs nominations

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allblacks.com     10 Jan 2019     Getty Images

Both teams enjoyed stellar seasons in 2018 with double gold at both the Commonwealth Games in April and the Rugby World Cup Sevens in July.

Coaches Allan Bunting (Black Ferns Sevens) and Clark Laidlaw (All Blacks Sevens) are also up for the Coach of the Year Award.

The Halberg Awards take place on Thursday 21 February.

The list of finalists for the 56th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards:


High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year (Eligible for the supreme Halberg Award)
Joelle King (squash), Jonelle Price (equestrian), Lisa Carrington (canoe racing), Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (snowboarding). 

ISPS Handa Sportsman of the Year (Eligible for the supreme Halberg Award)
Nico Porteous (freeskiing), Scott Dixon (motorsport), Scott McLaughlin (motorsport), Tom Walsh (athletics) 

ISPS Handa Para Athlete/Team of the Year (Eligible for the supreme Halberg Award)
Adam Hall (Para alpine skiing), Corey Peters (Para alpine skiing), Scott Martlew (Para canoe racing), Sophie Pascoe (Para swimming). 

ISPS Handa Team of the Year (Eligible for the supreme Halberg Award)

All Blacks Sevens (rugby union), Black Ferns Sevens (rugby union), NZ Football Under 17 Women (football), NZ Women’s Kayaking Team (canoe racing), Vantage Black Sticks Women (hockey). 

Buddle Findlay Coach of the Year
Allan Bunting (rugby union), Clark Laidlaw (rugby union), Gordon Walker (canoe racing), Joe Schmidt (rugby union), Leon Birnie (football). 

Sky Sport Emerging Talent
Amelia Kerr (cricket), Anna Leat (football), Josh Armit (yachting), Lewis Clareburt (swimming), Maddison-Lee Wesche (athletics).