Team NZ shortlisted for Laureus Award

Team NZ shortlisted for Laureus Award

In the Laureus Best Sporting Moment of the Year category, five emotional and heartwarming Moments, which look beyond the scoreboard and highlight the true value of sport have been selected from five monthly global online polls. Federer, who is currently a four-time Award winner could become the most decorated Laureus Award winner at the 2018 ceremony in Monaco on February 27.

"Thanks to all my team-mates and also to the world's media for having placed me among the candidates to win this very special award".

Additional nominees in the Team of the Year category include tennis' France Davis Cup Team, Formula One World Champions Mercedes-AMG Petronas, Super Bowl champions New England Patriots, sailing's New Zealand America's Cup Team, and Champions League winners Real Madrid.

Team New Zealand, who stormed to America's Cup glory in June, have been shortlisted for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards Team of the Year.

There is also recognition for heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in the breakthrough of the year category and two British entries for the best sporting moment: Jermain Defoe's friendship with cancer sufferer Bradley Lowery, who died in July aged just six, and teenage racer Billy Monger's return to Formula 4 despite losing his lower legs in a crash.

Olympic champ Sally Pearson has been nominated in the Comeback category, while surfer Tyler Wright is up for the Action award. Helmed by 26-year old Olympic gold and silver medallist Peter Burling, now the youngest winning helmsman in the history of the America's Cup, New Zealand gained revenge against Team USA, to whom they had suffered a crushing 9-8 defeat in the 2013 America's Cup. Nominated alongside Joshua are French football star Kylian Mbappé, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia, Greek basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo and American swimming star Caeleb Dressel.

A group of the greatest para-athletes of 2017 make up the incredible group of nominees for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability category.

Nadal and Federer each won two Grand Slams and the two 30-somethings rose to No. 1 and No. 2 in the world respectively. "Huge congratulations to Glenn Ashby, Peter Burling and the entire team for their Nomination".

David Kelly, Warriors General Counsel and Vice President of Basketball Management and Strategy, will attend the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco representing the Warriors organization.

And Ronaldo took to social media to express his delight at being held in such supreme company.