Local Paralympic gold medallist Adam Hall reigned supreme during an awards ceremony in Cromwell last Friday to recognise outstanding achievements in the 2018 sporting year. The Wanaka-based alpine skier received the Supreme Sports Award and Bruce Grant Memorial Trophy at the House of Travel Central Otago Sports Awards; later in the night, Hall also nabbed the Senior Sportsman of the Year title.
The awards were based off of Hall’s standout 2018 year in which he won gold in the slalom at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, which fell nearly eight years to the day he won his first gold medal in the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Hall also claimed the silver medal in slalom at last year’s World Para Alpine Skiing Europa Cup in Switzerland and bronze in the super combined event in PyeongChang.
Last week’s awards ceremony also awarded Wanaka cyclist Mikayla Harvey with the Senior Sportswoman title after her 2018 biking season saw her finish first in the 20-25 years old age group in Denmark’s World Aquabike Championship.
In the junior awards, Wanaka freeskier Nico Porteous won the Junior Sportsman title and Wanaka snowboarder Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took home the Junior Sportswoman title.