Sharp shooter Michael shortlisted as finalist
The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation has recently announced 24 finalists for six categories at the 53rd Halberg Awards – the nation’s pre-eminent event to honour and celebrate sporting excellence by New Zealand teams and athletes in 2015. Fifteen different sports feature in the shortlist with cricket and rugby providing the most finalists with three apiece. Sixteen of the 24 finalists are in contention for the supreme Halberg Award, which is the country’s highest accolade for sporting excellence. The finalists in the Sportsman, Sportswoman, Disabled Sportsperson and Team of the Year categories are all eligible for the top award. Waiuku’s Paralympic Shooter, Michael Johnson, is a contender for not only for Disabled Sportsperson of the Year award, but is also eligible for the supreme Halberg Award. Michael was selected after being recognised for setting a world shooting record and taking out five world cup gold medals in recent world cups.
Michael is up against three other finalists: Corey Peters for Para-Skiing, Nikita Howarth and Sophie Pascoe for Para-Swimming.
The winners will be presented at the 53rd Halberg Awards on Thursday, February 18, at the Vector Arena in Auckland.
The team at the Post Newspaper wish Michael the best of luck and look forward to catching up with the sharp shooter before he takes flight for Rio Olympics 2016.