SP Sports Awards reaches 25 years

This year marks 25 years for the SP Sports Awards, and nominations for the 2017 SP Sports Awards were also opened today.

SP Sports Awards is an event that recognizes sporting excellence from Papua New Guinea’s sports men and women.

The nominations were officially opened by Managing Director of SP Brewery, Stan Joyce, Secretary General of the PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla and Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko.

It was witnessed by various heads of sporting organizations at the SP Brewery Head Office in Port Moresby.

Joyce stressed the important role of sports in the country, in the community and in the lives of people.

“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.

“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 to acknowledge Papua New Guineans on and off the field,” said Joyce.

Speaking on behalf of the PNGOC, Rapilla encouraged 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. The categories 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

Those who wish to obtain a nomination form can find 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

Nominations close on April 3.

The SP Sports Awards will be held on May 27 at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby.

Troy Taule