NORTHERN ADVOCATE | Sport Team New Zealand up for prestigious Laureus award Kerikeri Merchandise Blair Tuke and Peter Burling were key Elements of Team New Zealand Through their America’s Cup victory.

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Team New Zealand up for prestigious Laureus award

Kerikeri Merchandise Blair Tuke and Peter Burling were key Elements of Team New Zealand Through their America’s Cup victory.

Emirates Team New Zealand have been nominated for Team of the Year in the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards.

The America’s Cup champions join the French Davis Cup team, Golden State Warriors, Real Madrid, the Mercedes Formula One team and the New England Patriots.

Northland’s Blair Tuke and Andy Maloney were key elements to New Zealand’s regaining of the Auld Mug, picked up at a 7-1 victory over Prada at Bermuda.

The All Blacks won the award in 2015 following their next Rugby World Cup triumph.

“Emirates Team New Zealand are truly honoured to be nominated for this prestigious award along with another remarkable teams,” chief executive Grant Dalton said.

“We all know the effort that went into winning the America’s Cup but what we’re equally proud of is the very special group of people that came together at the genuine nature of the term group. With no group there would not have been the victory.”

British space runner Mo Farah, F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, cyclist Chris Froome, tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and Real Madrid celebrity Cristiano Ronaldo have been nominated for Sportsman of the Year.

American track star Allyson Felix, swimmer Katie Ledecky, skier Mikaela Shiffrin, tennis stars Serena Williams and Garbine Muguruza, and Southern African runner Caster Semenya are the women’s finalists.

Sportsman of the Year award
Roger Federer (Switzerland) tennis, Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) football, Mo Farah (GB) athletics, Chris Froome (GB) cycling, Lewis Hamilton (GB) Formula 1, Rafael Nadal (Spain) tennis.

Sportswoman of the Year award
Garbine Muguruza (Spain) tennis, Caster Semenya (South Africa) athletics, Serena Williams (US) tennis, Allyson Felix (US) athletics, Katie Ledecky (US) swimmingpool, Mikaela Shiffrin (US) alpine ski.

Team of town

Breakthrough of town
Anthony Joshua (GB) boxing, Kylian Mbappe (France) football, Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) tennis, Sergio Garcia (Spain) golfing, Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece) basketball, Caeleb Dressel (US) swimming.

Comeback of The Year
FC Barcelona (Spain) football, Roger Federer (Switzerland) tennis, Valentino Rossi (Italy) motorsport, Sally Pearson (Australia) athletics, Justin Gatlin (US) athletics, Chapecoense (Brazil) football.

Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability
Marcel Hug (Switzerland) para athletics, Yui Kamiji (Japan) auto tennis, Oksana Experts (US) cross-country ski, Bibian Mentel-Spee (Netherlands) skiing, Jetze Plat (Netherlands) ironman, Markus Rehm (Germany) extended jump.

Action Sportsperson of town
Tyler Wright (Australia) surfing, John John Florence (US) surfing, Anna Gasser (Austria) skiing, Mark McMorris (Canada) snowboarding, Nyjah Huston (US) skateboarding, Armel Le Cleac’h (France) sailing.

Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year
The Iowa Hawkeyes and the “Kinnick Wave” (US) American football, Bradley Lowery and his own special bond with Jermain Defoe (GB) football, Kimi Raikkonen and his 6-year-old enthusiast Thomas Danel (Finland) Formula 1, Chapecoense (Brazil) football, Billy Monger (GB) motorsport.

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