NOMINATIONS OPEN: (L-R) SP Brewery Managing Director, Stan Joyce, PNGOC Secretary General, Auvita Rapilla and Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko place nomination forms into a collection box during the launch of the 2017 SP Sports Awards to signify the opening of nominations. PHOTO: A. Molen/ Amages.
This year marks 25 years for the SP Sports Awards which has given recognition of sporting excellence to some of Papua New Guinea’s best sports men and women over the years.
The SP Sports Awards has also recognized the contribution of the media, technical officials and local clubs and encouraged growth in the sporting industry through healthy competition among athletes and various sporting bodies.
Nominations for the 2017 SP Sports Awards were opened on Wednesday 22 February during its launch at the SP Brewery Head Office in Port Moresby.
“It has been a very interesting 25 years for the SP Sports Awards and we are privileged to have the support of SP Brewery as the major sponsor since its inception in 1992.
“Sports in Papua New Guinea is growing, our athletes and officials work hard to achieve their dreams and it is great that the whole country has been a part of their journey by recognizing these achievements through the SP Sports Awards,” said President of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee, Sir John Dawanincura.
He said while the organizing committee puts the event together and the selection panel makes the final decisions on the nominations, it is the people who make the SP Sports Awards a success by participating through the nomination process.
SPB Managing Director, Stan Joyce re-affirmed the role of sports in the country, in the community and in our lives.
“All of us would recall our memorable sporting moment where you watched your favourite sporting athlete cross the finish line or score that winning goal. It’s sport that unites people and their passion to be the best by winning that elusive title,” said Mr Joyce.
“It is for that reason that 24 years ago SP Brewery embarked on a journey with the PNG Olympic Committee and the PNG Sports Foundation acknowledge Papua New Guineans on and off the field.”
Joyce said over the last 24 years, the SP Awards committee has reviewed 936 finalists from more than 2000 nominations to honour them. From the likes of;
He encouraged the public to nominate to their favourite sporting athlete, coach or official by giving them the recognition they deserve.
Joyce thanked the family of sponsors that have continued to be part of this great sporting event and looked forward in partnering with them together with the PNG Olympic Committee and the PNG Sports Foundation,” said Joyce.
“I have no doubt the Awards will be bigger this year and I have been assured by the Organizing committee that no stone will be left unturned as we bring to you the 25th SP Sports Awards,” he said.
Sir John also reflected on the 25 years of the SP Sports Awards that it has achieved its goals in giving importance to the achievements of athletes, officials, sports administrators and the media.
“I was privileged to be one of those who initiated the idea of the Sports Awards and I am proud to see it become an important part of the sporting fraternity,” he said.
To make the 2017 edition of the SP Sports Awards more special Sir John is encouraging all Papua New Guineans to be part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations by nominating a sports person or organization for one of the 11 categories available, which are;
Male Athlete of the Year
Female Athlete of the Year
Team of the Year
National Performance of the Year
Community Sports Initiative
Junior Male Athlete of the Year
Junior Female Athlete of the Year
Best Sportsperson with a Disability
Sports Official of the Year
Sports Photo of the Year
Sports Media Award
Another opportunity for the people to participate in the SP Sports Awards is to vote on which finalist of the top four categories (i.e; Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, Team of the Year and National Performance of the Year) which they feel deserves to win the People’s Choice of the Year award.
“Closing date for all nominations is April 3, 2017 and we want to see a flood of nominations from all over the country,” Sir John said.
A selection panel will review the nominations and select three finalists for each category who will attend the presentation on the night of May 27 at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby.
“Let’s make it a big event this year by nominating all Papua New Guinea athletes and officials who have worked hard in the past year,” Sir John said.
Those who wish to obtain a nomination form can get it in the Post Courier newspaper, at the SP Brewery office, PNG Sports Foundation, City Pharmacy outlets and the PNG Olympic Committee Office or download it from the website www.pngolympic.org .