Liquid Sports Ghana Award to be held



Sports News of Thursday, 21 January 2016

Source: Erasmus Kwaw.

www.liquidsportsghana.com is proud to announce the first ever annual Ghana athletics award dubbed, the ‘Liquid Sports Ghana Athlete of the Year’ to honour and give recognition to deserving athletes.

The award is aimed at throwing the spot light on both male and female national athletes who excel in representing the country both locally and internationally to inspire the younger generation.

Ghana athletics has enjoyed one of its most successful season’s in recent times after the national athletics team won an impressive eight medals at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo-Brazzaville.

The sport witnessed as many as 9 competitions locally last year coupled with an impressive array of performances both locally and international.

But the sport is yet to fully receive the recognition it deserves in the sporting fraternity in Ghana.

The award aims at telling the story of Ghanaian athletes in the past year, noting their achievements, sacrifices and efforts to go beyond their limits using both the print and electronic media.

Criteria for Selection

The nominees for the inaugural award will include athletes with high score performances, the athletes who won medals at the 2015 All Africa Games and 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) and the athletes who broke a national record.

Below are the major criteria that will be considered when selecting the best athletes in Ghana:

– IAAF scoring points for 2015’s best performance

– 2015 World Ranking (using Tilastopaja)

– 2015 African Ranking (using Tilastopaja)

– Medal won in 2015

– National record broken in 2015

Only athletes who are not subject to doping violations and a clean disciplinary record will be considered for the award.

It is the hope of the organisers of that the award will give the sport the needed scope and visibility to enhance the image of the sport.

Among other things, one of the goals of the award is to help deepen the understanding of the sport among journalists, athletes and the general public.

Nominees:

MEN

Name Gender Event SB 2015 IAAF Points 2015 World Ranking 2015 African Rankings Medals National record

Tim Abeyie M 100m 10.37 1082 348 32

Solomon Afful M

M 200m

100m

20.68

10.39 1115

1076 179

398 23

38 AAG bronze (4x100m)

Alex Amankwah M 800m 1:45.91 1146 74 33

John Ampomah M JT 82.94 1135 31 4 AAG silver YES

Emmanuel Dasor M 400m

200m 45.61

20.61 1138

1126 99

140 14

19 AAG bronze (4x100m)

George Effah M 400m 46.65 1068 378 49

Daniel Gyasi M 400m 46.30 1091 252 31 AAG bronze

(4x100m)

Atsu Nyamadi M Decathlon 7567 1053 110 5 AAG silver YES

Richard Seklorwu M LJ 7.62 1055 338 19 CYG gold

Jordan Yamoah M PV 5.36m 1091 155 2 AAG silver

WOMEN

Name Gender Event SB 2015 IAAF Points 2015 World Ranking 2015 African Rankings Medals National record

Gemma Acheampong F 100m 11.49 1095 207 15 AAG silver (4x100m)

Suzie Acolatse F 100m

200m 11.53

23.69 1087

1066 258

366 19

23

Julia Agawu F DT 50.40 895 333 11 AAG bronze YES

Janet Amponsah F 100m

200m 11.29

23.04 1137

1130 88

87 7

5 AAG silver (4x100m)

Mathilde Boateng F TJ 13.20 1021 180 8

Elizabeth Dadzie F 100H

LJ

Heptathlon 13.42

6.29

5144 1094

1050

908 203

205

289 9

8

10

Nadia Eke F TJ 13.40 1041 132 6 AAG bronze YES

Lydia Mato F 3000m 9:31.97 1001 458 60 YES

Flings Owusu-Agyapong F 100m 11.42 1110 157 10 AAG silver (4x100m)

Mary Zuta F JT 50.93 893 277 9 AAG silver

NOTE: Meanwhile, a separate list of ‘Rising Stars’ for the boys and girls categories is currently being compiled by the organisers to inspire the younger generation of athletes. The list also be based on the Ghana Athletics Association’s Rankings for 2015.

Voting Process for Liquid Sports Ghana Athlete of the Year Award:

Here is how the voting process for the 2015 Liquid Sports Ghana Athlete of the Year will be conducted.

A list of the top athletics performances including both men and women –will firstly be selected by a panel of experts* using the Ghana Athletics Association’s end of year ranking.

From those finalists, the voting panel made up of local and international journalists, athletes, coaches, administrators and a select group of experts will select the male and female Liquid Sports Ghana Athletes of the Year respectively.

The top three athletes from the poll will be announced after which the final rankings will be released to the general public through www.liquidsportsghana.com and its social media outlets on facebook and twitter on Friday, 29th January, 2015.

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