The Halberg Awards in Auckland on February 9 will feature a category – New Zealand’s Favourite Sporting Moment of 2011 – that will be decided purely by the public vote.
The All Blacks are featured, with their 8-7 win over France in the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final in the running to be the greatest moment of the year in New Zealand’s sporting landscape.
While some might feel it is a fait accompli that the All Blacks moment was the greatest, there are other historic achievements by other codes that are threatening to steal Richie McCaw and his troops thunder.
There is the NZ Breakers becoming the first kiwi team to win an Australian league, winning the National Basketball League title; Valerie Adams Gold in the shotput at the IAAF world championships; the Black Caps historic win over Australia in Hobart, Hamish Bond and Eric Murray winning rowing gold in Slovenia; and the try that sent the Warriors into their second NRL Grand Final.
The Sunday Star-Times revealed that perhaps the Warriors could upset the All Blacks, with voting currently favouring the league team.
The Halberg Awards will update the public as to the status of the voting, with the category run alongside High Performance Sport New Zealand.
To vote (before February 9), click here.
To view the moments, click here.