HILLIER NOMINATED FOR EMERGING TALENT AWARD AT 55TH HALBERG AWARDS

12/12/2017

Wellington’s Daniel Hillier has been nominated for the Emerging Talent award in the 55th addition of the Halberg Awards.

Hillier’s many recent efforts in the game of golf have been recognised, led by his history making effort after becoming the first player to win two New Zealand Amateur titles as a teenager.

Former Emerging Talent, three-time Halberg Sportswoman of the year and 2013 Supreme Halberg winner Lydia Ko was also nominated alongside Philis Meti in the Sportswoman of the year category.

This year’s Emerging Talent award received 13 nominations for junior athletes who have all been successful on the national and international stages and must be under the age of 20.

The 19-year-old who has just completed his year at the Toro Interprovincials representing Wellington was ecstatic about the nomination.

“It’s a pretty amazing feeling, I didn’t really see this coming so I’m pretty ecstatic and it’s a very special feeling,” said Hillier.

“It’s been an awesome few years, playing round the world and seeing so many different places. This is the icing on the cake after a huge amount of hard work, so to be recognised like this is an honour.”

This is Hillier’s chance to follow in the footsteps of Ko who he has looked up to and loved watching throughout her career.

“Lydia is amazing and she’s obviously an idol for many people including myself. To have the possibility to repeat what she has done would be amazing, but it's also nice to just be recognised to start with.”

Featuring alongside Hillier is netballer Tiana Metuarau, freeskier Nico Porteous, footballer Anna Leat, Para swimmer Chris Arbuthnott and pole vaulter Olivia McTaggart.

The 55th addition of the Halberg Awards will be held at Spark Arena on 8 February 2018.

Full list of award nominees here.

 

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