The Halberg Awards finalists have been announced, highlighting the country's best sporting talent.
The awards, to be held at a ceremony in Auckland on February 8, will honour teams, players and coaches in sports for their 2017 feats, including rugby, cycling, softball, freeski, canoeing and para sports.
The finalists in the sportswoman category are Lisa Carrington (canoe racing), Lydia Ko (golf), Portia Woodman (rugby union), Sarah Goss (rugby union), while Beauden Barrett (rugby union), Brendon Hartley (motorsport), Ross Taylor (cricket) and Tom Walsh (athletics) will vie for the sportsman gong.
In the disabled sportsperson category, swimming's golden girl Sophie Pascoe will be up against Corey Peters (alpine skiing), Holly Robinson (athletics) and William Stedman (athletics).
The hotly-contested team of the year will be between world champions Black Ferns and softball's Black Sox, along with Team NZ, who won back the America's Cup, and K2 canoe champions Lisa Carrington and Caitlin Ryan.
The coach of the year will be one of Gary Hay (rowing), Glenn Moore (rugby union), Gordon Walker (canoe racing) and Mark Sorenson (softball).
One of Ellesse Andrews (cycling), Josh Armit (yachting), Matthew MacDonald (rowing) and Nico Porteous (freeski) will walk away with the emerging talent trophy.