With less than 2 weeks to go until the Liquid Sports Ghana Awards 2017, Liquid Sports Ghana is set to announce the shortlists for the coveted Athlete of the Year and Rising Star Awards, nominees for the para-sports icons awards and nominees for the Leadership and Excellence categories at the official launch of the awards at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City on Tuesday, 5th June.
Having already announced the long list of nominees for the athlete of the year awards, the award organisers will announce the official shortlist of 12 athletes from which the male and female athletes of the year will be voted for and subsequently announced at the awards ceremony on 9th June.
Also, a three-member list for the promising locally based athlete male/female of the year respectively will be announced at the event.
This year’s awards would highlight the sacrifices and achievements of the nation’s para sportsmen/women who have sought to erase perceptions about people with disabilities for over 20 years by competing and hoisting the flag of Ghana internationally in Africa and the World.
The maiden Liquid Sports Ghana “Leadership and Excellence Award” will recognise individuals and organisations who have excelled in promoting and contributing to the growth of sports and development of sport through effective management practices.
As with the two earlier editions of the awards, Ghanaian athletes who have distinguished themselves on the domestic circuit and the international stage in the previous year will be recognised and honoured at the event.
The nation recorded its highest number of qualifiers for the IAAF World Championships at London 2017, while several athletes both locally and internationally churned out some amazing lifetime bests in the last year.
Among several highlights in 2017, the national women’s 4x100m relay were ranked number in Africa after posting a 43.68s(SB) clocking at the IAAF World Championships at London 2017; Agnes Abu broke the national 1500m record with 4.17.75m(NR) ; Alex Amankwah erased the 23-year old national 800m record with a scintillating 1:44.80m(NR) performance while Janet Amponsah produced a life time best 22.90s(PB) in the women’s 200m: reigning African triple jump champion Nadia Eke was ranked number 1 on the continent for the second year running in 2017 after posting a national record 13.93m(NR).
As well as honouring the individual athletes, the Indian Women’s Association of Ghana and another important individual will be recognised for their contributions to the growth of Ghana sports under the “Leadership and Excellence Award” category.
The Liquid Sports Ghana Awards is the first of its kind award in Ghana dedicated to raising the profile of athletics and also projecting and supporting the underprivileged in society.