Sports News of Saturday, 9 January 2016
Ghanaian Foreign-based Athletes Association (GFAA), in consultation with coaches based in Ghana, has named Coach Anselm Nyavadzie as the 2015 Athletics Coach of the Year.
The award is in recognition of the pivotal role played by local coaches towards the development of athletics in the country.
Coach Nyavadzie is the head of the Physical Education Department of TI Ahmadiyya SHS and is credited with nurturing national long jumper, Richard Seklorwu, to win Ghana’s first gold medal at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.
A press statement issued by the GFAA disclosed that Coach Nyavadzie would be presented with $600 and a plaque.
The statement said, “We recognise the immense contribution by all coaches, especially those based in Ghana. Most of us at various points in our development passed through the hands of these coaches”.
The award recipient was selected based on how well his athletes performed during the season. The award includes cash, coaching resources and a plaque”, it added.
In addition to mentoring Seklorwu, at least two foreign-based athletes; Atsu Nyamadi (Decathlon) and Emmanuel Dasor (4X400m), who set national records in 2015, were also handled by Coach Nyavadzie as juniors.
Coach Nyavadzie aka “Mourinho”, once coached Rashidatu Abubakar (400m hurdles), Salomey Adjei (400m), Janet Mensah (100m/200m), Elizabeth Dadzie (heptathlon/long jump) and Adelaide Nkrumah (400m).