Sports are a part of all our lives. All over the world, people gather to watch the game and enjoy the company of others. Sports brings people together and creates happiness in us all. New Zealand is no different. This beautiful place has some of the best representing them on the field and race tracks of the world.
Top 5 Sports Stars
On the sports fields of New Zealand, you can find the most accomplished players in the world. Each of these players is part of a different sport. This goes to show the wonderful variety in New Zealand. The world is watching these men and women athletes.
- Richie McCaw — Born December 31, 1980, Richie McCaw has become the most well-known rugby player in New Zealand. He has led his team, the All Blacks, to two Rugby World Cups and has become the most capped test rugby player of the year three times. His field position was openside flanker.
- Lydia Ko — Lydia Ko is a young lady with a mission to become a legacy in the professional golf world. This lady has reached goals at ages that no one would think is possible. At the age of seven, she came to the attention of the media when she competed at the NZ Amateur Championship. She went on to become the youngest player to ever win a pro golf tournament, the LPGA Tour event, and the only amateur to win two LPGA tour events.
- Maria Erakovic — This lady is on fire on the tennis court. She began her tennis career at a young age and went on to win various titles. The WTA rankings for her include World No. 39 for singles and No. 25 for doubles. She has earned the number one spot with a WTA singles title and eight WTA doubles titles.
- B.J Anthony — Anthony is a young man making great steps in the world of basketball. He comes from a family were basketball reigns. His father was a former player and now a coach. Anthony plays for the Wellington Saints and in August 2009 he was selected to join the Tall Blacks. His statistics include being a three-time NZNBL champion, a three-time ANBL champion, part of the NZNBL All Star Five, and NZNBL Most Outstanding Kiwi forward/centre.
- Adam Richards – Richards is a drifting driver from New Plymouth, New Zealand. In 2005, Richards became the D1NZ champion. He also competed in the D1 World All Stars Drift Championship. He still competes today and is a force to be reckoned with.
Now we know that New Zealand is a place that creates accomplished sports stars and the world will take notice. New Zealand has much to be proud of!