In a week where our sportswomen reigned supreme at the Halberg Awards – taking home nine of the 11 awards – more Kiwi women were preparing for their shot at world titles.

It was announced that Geovana Perez will defend her WBO world light heavyweight boxing title in England in April, up against British challenger Savannah Marshall. 

Five-time world indoor champion Jo Edwards was named in the Blackjacks bowls team to play at the world championships on the Gold Coast, trying to win the singles world title title that has eluded her throughout a glittering career.

In the lead-up to next week’s T20 World Cup in Australia, Black Caps captain Sophie Devine set a world record during the T20 series against South Africa – as the first player, man or woman, to hit five consecutive 50s in T20 cricket.

A new-look Warriors women’s side will contest the inaugural NRLW Nines in Perth this weekend. 

And skier Jess Hotter of Ohakune pulled off a stunning victory in her second start on the Freeride World Tour at Kicking Horse, British Columbia, to sit second overall in her debut year.

* Just in case you missed the Halberg Awards news: In a virtually unprecedented domination of events, the victorious Silver Ferns collected six awards – including the overall supreme honour; Lisa Carrington was the country’s top sportswoman for a fourth consecutive year; Sophie Pascoe the para athlete of the year for a seventh time; and up and coming skier Alice Robinson won the Sky Sport emerging talent award.

Kate King is a presenter on Sky Sport News, and has worked for international networks including Sky UK, Al Jazeera and Reuters in more than 10 years as a news and sports journalist.

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