Liam Malone has been nominated for the Halberg Awards

Nelson athletes nominated for Halbergs

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Five Nelson athletes are included in the 87 nominations for the 54th Halberg Awards, the nation’s pre-eminent event to honour and celebrate sporting achievements by New Zealand athletes in 2016.

Thirty-one different sports are represented in the nominations that include Nelson’s Rio Paralympics sprinter Liam Malone, Tour de France cyclist George Bennett, rower Zoe McBride and bowlers Ali Forsyth and Shannon McIlroy. The nominations will now be judged by the Halberg Awards voting academy and shortlisted into finalists for the awards ceremony will be held at the Vector Arena in Auckland on February 9.

George and Shannon have been nominated for the High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportsman of the Year, Zoe is nominate for the High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year, Liam is nominated for Disabled Sportsperson of the Year while Ali’s Black Jacks men’s four is nominated for the Team of the Year.