Take a look at the brightest stars in New Zealand sports in 2019.
The schoolgirl skier who has just celebrated her 18th birthday kicked off 2019 with incredible performances in Europe. New Zealand officially uncovered a new world superstar in a niche sport after Robinson beat American Mikaela Shiffrin in the giant slalom, claiming our second-ever World Cup racing victory after Riegler’s feat 20+ years ago.
The Black Caps
Although the Lord’s World Cup Cricket Final will never be forgotten, with England somehow managing to beat New Zealand, the Black Caps’ Semi-Final victory over India will remain emblazoned on our memories too! It formed a vital part of the wonderful ride that was this tournament.
Adesanya’s meteoric rise as an MMA superstar reached its peak in Melbourne when he claimed the Middleweight title in front of 60 000 fans at UFC 243.
Taurua managed to pull off one of the greatest comebacks ever seen as Head Coach of the Silver Ferns, but she is hesitant about taking the credit. She stated that being crowned NZ Herald Sports Hero of the Year is humbling but that she’s very grateful.
Sonny Bill Williams
Possibly the most polarising figure in the history of our sports, Williams has gone on to become a symbol of peace and unity. After the Christchurch terror attack, he took leave of the Blues, headed to the stricken area and attended Friday Prayers with crowds at Hagley Park.
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