Double CCI**** winner Jonelle Price has been nominated for High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year at the 56th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards.
Ranked seventh in the FEI Eventing World Athlete rankings, Price was the winner of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May with Classic Moet, and followed this up with victory at Luhmuhlen in June with Faerie Dianamo. She was also part of New Zealand’s World Equestrian Games squad where she finished in the top 20 with her Badminton winner.
The Halberg Foundation announced a record 93 nominations received across the six categories at New Zealand’s pre-eminent event to celebrate and honour sporting achievements from 2018. A total of 43 sporting codes are represented in the nominations, which are submitted by National Sporting Organisations and an independent Nominations Board. The Halberg Awards judges will review the nominations to shortlist into finalists who will be announced in January 2019. The winners will be announced at the 56th ISPS Handa Halberg Awardson Thursday 21 February 2019.
The Awards, held annually since 1963, were the brainchild of Olympic athletics champion Sir Murray Halberg to honour sporting excellence and as a major fundraiser for the Halberg Foundation – his charity which aims to enhance the lives of physically disabled young New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation.
Shelley McMeeken, Chief Executive of the Halberg Foundation, commented: “It is impressive that we have received the highest number of nominations to be considered by the judges, once again a testament to the hard work and achievement of our elite sporting teams, athletes and coaches. While we look forward in honouring the performances, it is also important to always consider the vision of our founder Sir Murray Halberg and the reason behind this wonderful celebration of New Zealand sporting excellence.”