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Zoi Sadowski-Synnott claims NZ’s supreme sports award

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Kiwi snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott has claimed supreme honours at the Halberg Sports Awards ceremony in Auckland.

Sadowski-Synnott, who is 21-years-old, became the youngest winner of the top prize in 10 years. However, she was unable to be at the awards as she is currently competing overseas, so the award was accepted by her family.

Firstly, she won the sportswoman of the year award, beating Lydia Ko, Black Ferns co-captain Ruahei Demant, canoe sprint star Dame Lisa Carrington and cyclist Ellese Andrews. From here she was also named the Supreme Award ahead of the winners of the other categories.

They were fellow snow sports athlete Nico Porteous (sportsman of the year), the Black Ferns rugby side (team of the year), their coach Wayne Smith (coach of the year) and alpine sit-skier Corey Peters (para-athlete of the year).

Snow sports finished off the evening with halfpipe skier Gustav Legnavsky, who won gold at the Junior World Championships, taking out the Emerging Talent prize.

The favourite sporting moment award went to the Black Ferns with their dramatic line-out win to seal victory over England in the World Cup final. In a tribute to the late Sir Murray Halberg who died last year, Black Ferns star flanker and New Zealand Sevens captain Sarah Hirini was presented with the leadership award.

2023 Halberg Awards winners

Supreme Award: Zoi Sadowski-Synnott

Sportswoman of the year: Zoi Sadowski-Synnott

Sportsman of the year: Nico Porteous

Para athlete/team of the year: Corey Peters

Team of the year: Black Ferns

Coach of the year: Wayne Smith

Emerging talent: Gustav Legnavsky

Leadership award: Sarah Hirini

Favourite sporting moment: Black Ferns World Cup-clinching lineout win

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – FEBRUARY 15: Parents Robyn Sadowski-Synnett (L) Sean Synnett (C) and sister Reilly Sadowski-Synnett (R) accept the award for Sportswoman of the Year and Supreme Halberg award winner snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnett arrives at the Halberg Awards at Spark Arena on February 15, 2023 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
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