'A lot of baby talk!' Tom Walsh jokes about sitting with mate Valerie Adams at Halberg Awards

Tom Walsh has joked about sharing a table with fellow shot put legend Dame Valerie Adams at last night's Halberg Awards, saying there was "a lot of baby talk."

Walsh was a big winner at the awards, taking out Sportsman of the Year.

When asked if he was given any good advice from his good mate Dame Valerie, Walsh had a witty response.

"There seems to be a lot of baby talk! I'm not really at home with the baby talk.

"Me and Val we just talk so much trash to each other there is never a serious conversation," Walsh said laughing.

The champion shot-putter says he now has his sights on winning gold for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April.

The shot-putter was a big winner, taking out the Sportsman of the Year award. Source: 1 NEWS


Team New Zealand pick up Supreme award, Team of the Year at 55th annual Halberg Awards

Relive all of the action from the 55th annual Halberg Awards from Spark Arena, Auckland.

Halberg Awards winners:

Supreme winner: Team New Zealand
Fans moment of the Year: Mitchell Hunt drop goal v Highlanders
Coach of the Year: Gordon Walker - Kayak
Sportsman of the Year: Tom Walsh - Shot put

Team of the Year: Team New Zealand - Yachting
Sportswoman of the Year: Lisa Carrington - Kayak
Disabled Sportsperson of the Year: Sophie Pascoe - Para swimming
Hall of Fame inductee: Rob Waddell - Rowing
Leadership award: Steve Hansen - Rugby
Lifetime Achievement: Morrie Chandler - Motorsport
Emerging Talent: Ellesse Andrews - Cycling


That'll be all from us for tonight, thank you for joining us on New Zealand sport's biggest night.


And the winner is... Team New Zealand! Again no shocks there! Their historic America's Cup victory sees Team New Zealand take home this year's Supreme Award.


Finally, it's time for the Supreme Award. Dame Patsy Reddy will hand out tonight's big prize.

The nominees are: Sophie Pascoe (para swimming), Lisa Carrington (kayaking), Team New Zealand (yachting), Tom Walsh (shot put)


And the winner is... Mitchell Hunt! The Crusaders' first-five's game winning drop goal against the Highlanders was the moment picked by the fans as the best of 2017!


The next award is for the fan's moment of the year. Voted for by the public. Liam Malone and Grant Fox will present the award.


A short tribute now for those within New Zealand sport who've passed away over the past year.


And the winner is... Gordon Walker! Another back-to-back win, this time for Lisa Carrington's coach! His success isn't just limited to Carrington however, with a number of Kiwi paddlers under his tutelage.


Coach of the Year is the next award up for grabs.

Here are the nominees: Gary Hay (rowing), Glenn Moore (rugby), Mark Sorenson (softball), Gordon Walker (canoe racing).

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  Tom Walsh of New Zealand in the Mens Shot Put during Day Two of the Muller Anniversary Games at The Stadium - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
NZ shot putter Tom Walsh. Source: Getty


And the winner is... Tom Walsh! A great year for Walsh, after his gold medal at last year's World Athletics Championships in London, the first Kiwi male to do so. 


Sportsman of the Year is the next award to be presented. Doctor Farah Palmer and Dick Taylor will hand out the prize.

The nominees are: Beauden Barrett (rugby), Brendon Hartley (motorsport), Ross Taylor (cricket), Tom Walsh (athletics).

The Great Sound, Bermuda, 26th June 2017. Emirates Team New Zealand Helmsman Peter Burling and skipper Glenn Ashby hold aloft the America's Cup. Photo: Chris Cameron / www.photosport.nz
Emirates Team New Zealand Helmsman Peter Burling and skipper Glenn Ashby hold aloft the America's Cup. Source: Photosport


And the winner is... Team New Zealand! No surprises there, a historic victory over Oracle Team USA in Bermuda to bring the America's Cup back to New Zealand. This is the third time they've won this award, the first since 2000.


The team's award is the next up. 

Here are the nominees: Team NZ (yachting), Black Sox (softball), Black Ferns (rugby), women's K2 kayakers Carrington and Caitlin Ryan.

Lisa Carrington.
Lisa Carrington. Source: Getty


And the winner is... Lisa Carrington! A second win in a row for Lisa, who won the Supreme Award last year. She picked up four medals, one bronze, one silver, and two golds at the Kayak World Champs last year.


Sportswoman of the Year is the next award. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and former swimmer Phillipa Gower will present the award.

Here are the nominees:Sportswoman: Lisa Carrington (canoe racing), Sarah Goss (rugby), Lydia Ko (golf), Portia Woodman (rugby).

Kiwi swimmer Sophie Pascoe Source: Photosport


And the winner is... Sophie Pascoe! Yet another win for Sophie Pascoe, another brilliant year for her, virtually unchallenged in the pool - at home and abroad.


Disabled athlete of the year is the first major award of the evening. 

Here are the nominees: Sophie Pascoe (para swimming), Corey Peters (para skiing), Holly Robinson (para athletics), William Stedman (para athletics).


After a short break, we're back for the next award, with an induction into the New Zealand sporting hall of fame. Sir Eion Edgar will oversee the induction. Rob Waddell is given a standing ovation, a legendary career as a rower that's paved the way for some truly great Kiwis to follow.


No surprises, the award is given to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, who's record is second to none in international rugby since taking over in 2011. 


The next award is the Sport New Zealand award for Leadership. 


Next up is the lifetime achievement award, presented by Roy Williams and Barbra Kendall. Motorsport legend Morrie Chandler is recognised for his decades of service to New Zealand motorsport.


And the winner is... Ellesse Andrews! Congrats to the young cyclist!!! What a future she has, after only being involved in cycling for three years. She's also the second cyclist in a row to claim the award, with the last none other than Campbell Stuart, who hands her the prize.


The nominees are:
Ellesse Andrews - Cycling
Josh Armit - Yachting
Matthew MacDonald - Rowing
Nico Porteus - Freeski


The first award of the night is for the Emerging Talent, to be presented by Campbell Stuart and Nigel Vagana.


A rendition of Dave Dobbyn's 'Welcome Home' is performed, as Lisa Carrington and members of the Halberg Youth Council bring the trophy onto the stage.


We're all set and ready for the beginning of the evening. The crowd are in their seats.


All the stars are arriving. A decent crowd building up at Auckland’s Spark Arena, half an hour until the first award is presented.
After a stellar 2017 across many sporting codes for New Zealand, our best and brightest athletes will tonight find out who will be crowned the best of the best.


NZ's womens rugby team are up against the sailors for team of the year tonight. Source: 1 NEWS

The Black Ferns' achievements on the world stage have been highlighted in the nominations, up for team of the year, while stars Portia Woodman and Sarah Goss are included for sportswoman of the year. Coach Glenn Moore is also nominated for coach of the year, after tasting World Cup success.

Team New Zealand are the other standout contenders for glory tonight, with their capture of the America's Cup in Bermuda last year a highlight on nearly every Kiwi's sporting calendar.

Halberg Awards finalists:

Sportsman: Beauden Barrett (rugby), Brendon Hartley (motorsport), Ross Taylor (cricket), Tom Walsh (athletics).

Sportswoman: Lisa Carrington (canoe racing), Sarah Goss (rugby), Lydia Ko (golf), Portia Woodman (rugby).

Disabled: Sophie Pascoe (para swimming), Corey Peters (para skiing), Holly Robinson (para athletics), William Stedman (para athletics).

Team: Team NZ (yachting), Black Sox (softball), Black Ferns (rugby), women's K2 kayakers Carrington and Caitlin Ryan.

Coach: Gary Hay (rowing), Glenn Moore (rugby), Mark Sorenson (softball), Gordon Walker (canoe racing).



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