SP Sports Awards

Lae Team Applauded

“Such recognition at the national level reflects the commitment and discipline imparted by the coaches, team management and stakeholders into the development of sporting talents in Lae, especially at the community level in rugby union,” said Rosso.

“I am proud that PC Ravens represented my beloved Papuan Compound suburb and Lae City as a whole, and coming out champions at various tournaments, including the 2022 Trans Highway Rosso Cup Tournament in Lae.

Sports Awards Finalists Announced

PNG international rugby league stars, Justin Olam and Alex Johnson were nominated under the Male Athlete of the Year category and St George player Elsie Albert vies for the Female Athlete of the Year.

Rugby league clubs, Lae Snax Tigers (Team of The Year) and Waghi Tumbe (National Performance of the Year) have been nominated for their exceptional performance in last season’s Digicel Cup Competition. PNG NRL program, League Bilong Laif was nominated for Community Sports Initiative Award.

Olam applauds SP Sports Awards

The SP Sports Awards will be held tomorrow night at the Crown Hotel in Port Moresby. 

Olam is one of the three finalists named in the Sportsman Of The Year category apart from two other finalists, PNG Olympic weightlifter Morea Baru and Norman Vanua, PNG Cricket representative.

“It’s a great initiative set by SP Brewery in recognizing especially young Papua New Guinean athletes. It is my first time to be nominated for the awards and its great news for whoever that wins it,” Olam said.

Triple Australian Olympian to visit POM

Pottharst is one of Australia’s most famous beach volley baller. SPSA finalists and guests will have the opportunity to meet her during the awards ceremony at the Crown Hotel.

She won a bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Her story is one that demonstrates the power of courage, persistence and personal belief in overcoming countless challenges. Her drive to succeed with unparalleled strength, focus and determination allowed her to win that gold in the Sydney Olympics.

Final call for SP Awards nominations

Chairperson of the organising committee, Andrew Lepani, called on the public to reward their sporting heroes and champions by nominating them for one of the categories on offer.

Nominations for all the 11 categories on offer have been steadily coming in since the launching of the Awards on January 5 this year and the organising committee is confident that more entries will be received near to the closing date.

A number of outstanding performances were held in 2018 which deserve recognition but they must be nominated to be eligible to contest for one of the awards.

155 nominations received

“This is a fantastic number,” said Ronnie Mea, from the PNGSF, who is also a member of the SP Sports Awards Committee.

“But it is with no surprise as 2017 recorded a number of international sporting achievements in a number of codes.”

This year, the OSEP Sports Official of the Year category collected the highest number of nominations.

Mea said 21 nominations were received for 12 sports officials.

All nominations are now with the PNGSF.

Nomination deadline extended

It was moved from March 12 to March 23 by the SPSA Committee.

SPSA Committee Chairman, Tania Mairi Mahuru, is happy with the nominations received so far from the various sporting codes.

“2017 was a great year for sports. A good number of codes won a number of their events including AFL, who won the International Aussie Rules Cup in Melbourne, defending their title for the second consecutive year; the SP PNG Hunters, winning their first Intrust Super Cup grand final and even in basketball and weightlifting.

More nominations expected this year

Last year, 155 nominations were received from around Papua New Guinea.

‘We’re looking forward to a lot of entries coming in. There was a lot that happened last year in sports.

“My committee is ready to convene and give you all the finalists for each category in a couple of months’ time.”

He issued a reminder that there are qualifications to meet before an individual, team or media organization is nominated. 

“There are specific rules that must be complied with before nominating.”

SP sports awards to be launched

This year will mark 26 years for the SP Sports Awards and nominations for the 2018 SP Sports Awards.

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

The nominations will officially be opened in order after the launch and will be witnessed by various heads of sporting organisations at the Brew Kettle, SP Brewery Head Office in Port Moresby.

More details will be released in the days leading up to the launch of the SP Sports awards.

Recognise community sports champions: Director

“Big congratulations to all the finalists with special mention to all the category winners announced at the SP PNG Sports Awards on Saturday in Port Moresby,” Alsop said.  

He further proposed for the creation of additional categorises to recognise community sports administrators.    

“I'd like to propose that the following categories be suggested for addition to the list of awards recognised next year. They play an incredible role in sport and the lives of many athletes,” Alsop said.