Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Award Hatrick for New Zealands' Campbell

Michael Campbell’s stunning 2005 season, in which he held off Tiger Woods to win the US Open Championship, has been further recognised with three awards in his native New Zealand.

Campbell, who was recently crowned The European Tour Golfer of the Year, has been named Maori Sportsperson of the Year and New Zealand Sky TV’s people’s choice as Sports Personality of the Year. The hat-trick of accolades was completed by the New Zealand PGA, which honoured the 36 year old with life membership.

Campbell was home in New Zealand last weekend to attend the Maori Sportsperson of the Year Awards and he delighted in accepting the honour ahead of Kiwis Rugby League Tri-Series winning captain Ruben Wiki and Wests Tigers’ Rugby League Grand Final-winning star Benji Marshall.

“It’s been a fantastic season and to win the Maori Sportsperson of the Year is a fabulous honour,” commented Campbell, who has now been installed as one of the favourites to win the New Zealand Sportsman of the Year in February.

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