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Only Richie McCaw and his troops last year matched such a feat.
But with the New Zealand Olympic team bringing home an Kiwi Olympic record equalling 13 medals, bolstered by the five brought home by the rowers, it ensured that those with paddles were the main winners on the night.
Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, Gold Medallists and some say the most dominant men’s pair ever seen on the rowing scene, took out both the Supreme Award and the prize for Team of the Year, beating the All Blacks in the latter category.
McCaw was unable to take sportsman of the year, instead taking second seat to Mahe Drysdale, who took Olympic Gold to add with his collection of world titles.
Adding to the rowers night was coach of the year, going to Richard Tonks, and the sporting moment of the year, with double scullers Nathan Cohen and Jospeh Sullivan stirring Olympic victory something etched into the hearts and minds of many New Zealanders.
Valerie Adams won her seventh sportswoman of the year award, thanks to a second Olympic Gold Medal, while former All Blacks winger Jeff Wilson was inducted into the hall of fame.