Judging Criteria

The criteria for the supreme Halberg Award of the Decade is: 

The Halberg Award of the Decade will be awarded to the individual athlete, Para athlete, athlete in a team, or team whose achievement represented excellence in sport at the highest level.  

This criteria is in turn applied to the Sportsman, Sportswoman, Para Athlete & Team awards as well as the Coach award. 

The Voting Academy will consider the following guidelines when judging the Decade Champion award category finalists;

1. Regarding the achievement was it in that sport’s ‘pinnacle event’ (eg Olympics, Paralympics, World Cup)
2. Regarding the achievement was it a world record, or world ranking or recognition (eg ‘World Player of the Year’)
3. The quality of the field / competition
4. The global nature of the sport


Please note:

Re: (1.a) ‘Pinnacle Events’ – The Halberg Awards define Pinnacle and Major events as follows*:
Pinnacle Event: A Pinnacle event is the most significant event in a sports four year competition calendar e.g. the Olympic / Paralympic Games or a World Cup or World Championship event that is held once every four years (e.g. Rugby World Cup, Netball World Cup, FIFA World Cup etc.).
Major Event: A Major event is the next most significant event (after a pinnacle event) in a sports four year competition calendar. These are other events that occur within a four year cycle that are considered major events (e.g. IAAF World Championships, Hockey World Cup, Basketball World Championships etc.).

*this aligns with High Performance Sport New Zealand’s definition of Pinnacle and Major.