ROWING has been rewarded for another strong Olympic campaign by dominating the annual Halberg Awards.
The supreme award went to the men’s pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, who easily claimed gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
They went unbeaten for four years leading up to the regatta, and cruised through the Olympic competition as well.
They were named team of the year for the second time before taking out the biggest prize of the evening.
Bond and Murray beat the All Blacks, fellow rowers Joseph Sullivan and Nathan Cohen, and sailors Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie and Pete Burling and Blair Tuke.
Rowing contributed five of New Zealand’s 13 medals in London, and won every category it had a nominee in at the Halberg Awards.
Mahe Drysdale, winner of the Olympic singles, was named sportsman of the year for the fourth time, and the squad’s coach, Dick Tonks, was coach of the year, also for the fourth time.
Valerie Adams was sportswoman of the year for the seventh year in a row.
She prevailed over fellow gold medal winner Lisa Carrington (kayaking), silver medalist Sarah Walker (BMX), and golfer Lydia Ko.
Ko did win the emerging talent award, while Sophie Pascoe was disabled sportsperson of the year.
Boardsailor Bruce Kendall and former All Black and Black Cap Jeff Wilson were inducted into the hall of fame, while Athletics New Zealand patron Arthur Eustace was given a leadership award.