Tall Blacks icon Pero Cameron and dual international Tall Ferns and White Ferns star Suzie Bates have been named in the top 30 most influential Māori sports people of the last 30 years.
The Māori Sports Awards 30 in 30 show, made by Mahi Tahi Media and aired on Māori TV, counted down over three episodes the most influential Māori sports people since 1991, when the Māori Sports Awards began.
Cameron, the current Head Coach of the Tall Blacks and FIBA Hall of Fame inductee, was named 5th on the list. He played 221 times for the men’s national team (including 191 tests) and captained the side at three World Championships and two Olympic Games.
Bates, 19th on the list, represented the Tall Ferns at the 2008 Olympic Games, on top of an ongoing glittering international Cricket career.
Double Olympic Canoe champion Lisa Carrington was named the most influential Māori sports star since 1991. The show, Māori Sports Awards 30 in 30, is available to watch On Demand on Māori TV and SKY.