Sports awards here again
… Y/Warriors, Desert Jewels out in the cold
• By Michael Uugwanga
IT is that time of the year once again when athletes, teams, federations and journalists will be awarded for their hard work when the Namibia Sports Commission (NCS) hosts the Namibia Sport Awards (NASA) scheduled for October 30 in Windhoek.
The main attraction will be the two young prodigies, Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi, and their coach Henk Botha who have been flying the country’s flag high, notably at the Tokyo Olympic Games, at the World Athletics U-20 Championships and at the Diamond League in Zurich.
However, the biggest surprise for the awards was the exclusion of the boys U-20 side that reached the final of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) championship in South Africa, when they lost 1-0 to Mozambique.
This means that the Young Warriors did not make the final list of the NASA Sports Team of the Year.
Another team that did not make the list for Sports Team of the Year is the Desert Jewels who won their first M1 Nations Cup in Singapore in October 2019.
Below is the final list of nominees in all catewgories:
MTC-NASA Sportsman of the Year: Alexander Muller (cycling), Jonas Junias Jonas (boxing) and Tristan de Lange (cycling)
MTC-NASA Sportswoman of the Year: Beatrice Masilingi (athletics), Christine Mboma (athletics) and Helalia Johannes (athletics)
MTC-NASA Junior Sportsman of the Year: Dellano Muller (kickboxing), Magano Naseb (Namibia School Sport Union) and Ruan De Cuvalho (Namibia School Sport Union)
MTC-NASA Junior Sportswoman of the Year: Beatrice Masilingi (athletics) and Christine Mboma (athletics)
NAMPOWER-NASA Sportsman of the Year with a Disability: Ananias Shikongo, Johannes Nambala and Petrus Karuli (Namibia National Paralympic Committee)
NAMPOWER-NASA Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability: Johanna Benson, Lahya Ishitile and Sylvia Shivolo (Namibia National Paralympic Committee)
NAMPOWER-NASA Junior Sportsman of the Year with a Disability: Bradely Murere and Julien Rejive (Namibia National Paralympic Committee)
NAMPOWER-NASA Junior Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability: Aune Josef, Lahya Iipinge and Lize Meyer (Namibia National Paralympic Committee)
DEBMARINE Namibia-NASA Sports Team of the Year: 4x100m U20 Girls Relay Team (athletics), Cricket Senior Men’s Team (cricket) and Hockey Senior Women’s Team (hockey)
NASA Coach of the Year: Granwd Douglas Dodds (canoe and rowing),w Hendrick Botha (athletics), Letu Hamhola (Namibia National Paralympic Committee)
DEBMARINE NAMIBIA-NASA Umpire/Referee of the Year: Lazarus Nainda (professional boxing) and Twanyanyukwa Antsino (football)
NEPC-NASA Journalist of the Year in broadcasting: Castro Uulumbu (One Africa), Katrina Gowases (NBC), Limba Mupetami (Namibian Sun)
Print: Hesron Kapanaga (NAMPA), Sheefeni Nikodemus (The Namibian) and Michael Uugwanga (Confidente)
STANDARD BANK-NASA Sports Development Programme of the Year: Ashburton Kwata Cricket (cricket), The Standard Bank Junior Hockey Initiative (hockey) and Professional Education Training System (Namibia School Sport Union)
NSC-NASA Federation of the Year: Athletics Namibia (Athletics Namibia), Cricket Namibia (Cricket Namibia) and Namibia National Paralympic Committee (Namibia National Paralympic Committee).
DEBMARINE NAMIBIA-NASA Professional Shinning Star in the Diaspora: Maike Diekman (Canoe and Rowing) and Peter Shalulile (Football).
STANDARD BANK/DEBMARINE NAMIBIA-NASA Community Inspiration Award: Dellano Muller (kickboxing), School of Excellence Hockey Academy (Hockey) and Kasaona Football Academy (Football).
MTC-NASA Sports Stars of the Year: Beatrice Masilingi, Christine Mboma and Helalia Johannes (all Athletics).