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SKY NEXT - EMERGING TALENT HALBERG AWARD UP FOR GRABS

Press Release

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SKY NEXT - EMERGING TALENT HALBERG AWARD UP FOR GRABS

SKY NEXT’S sponsorship of the Emerging Talent Award at this year’s Halberg Awards provides one deserving up-and-coming sporting talent $10,000 in prize money and the opportunity to become part of the SKY NEXT team. 

Four athletes are finalists including Campbell Stewart (Cycling), Dylan Schmidt (Trampoline), Eliza McCartney (Athletics) and Tai Wynyard (Basketball). Finalists were shortlisted by Halberg Awards judges from an extended list of nine nominees including Bobbi Gichard (Swimming), Carlos Garcia Knight (Snowboarding), Clayton Lewis (Football), Jesse Reynolds (Para-Swimming) and Richard Rahardja (Karate).

SKY spokeswoman Kirsty Way says: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the SKY NEXT Emerging Talent Award at the Halberg Awards this year. The line-up of finalists for the award is exceptional, I’m really looking forward to seeing who will be the $10,000 winner on the night.

“SKY is passionate about supporting young, talented athletes to succeed on the world stage. Our team will be watching the careers of all nine nominees as they continue to compete all over the world.”

A number of current SKY NEXT athletes also made the extended list of nominees for Halberg Awards this year, including:

High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportsman of the Year:

  • Anton Cooper (Mountain Biking)

Microsoft Surface Team of the Year:

  • Men’s Team Sprint; Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster (Cycling)

The 53rd Halberg Awards honour sporting achievements during 2015 and take place on Thursday, 18 February 2016 at Vector Arena in Auckland. They will be broadcast LIVE on SKY Sport  1  from 8pm. Prime has delayed coverage from 10.45pm.

SKY gives financial support of $16,000 a year to each SKY NEXT athlete to help them with their training and travel costs. In addition athletes receive mentoring from Olympic Gold medallist Hamish Carter and his wife Marisa.

Marisa champions the programme on behalf of SKY and ensures SKY NEXT athletes have an opportunity to raise their profiles with SKY’s support.

Get behind the SKY NEXT athletes - follow their journeys at sky.co.nz/skynext or on the SKY Sport Facebook page. You can also join in their conversation with #SKYNEXT.

SKY NEXT – Supporting Talented Kiwi Athletes.