"New chairperson of the SP Sports Awards Selection Panel, Warwick Vele made the announcement naming three finalists each for the Award’s 11 categories.‍"

The country can now look forward to seeing who will be the recipients of the 2019 SP Sports Awards following the announcement of the finalists today in Port Moresby.

New chairperson of the SP Sports Awards Selection Panel, Warwick Vele made the announcement naming three finalists each for the Award’s 11 categories.

The finalists in alphabetical order are;

Male Athlete of the Year
Lee Henry Garap - Muay Thai
Steven Kari - Weightlifting
Tony Ura - Cricket

Female Athlete of the Year
Brenda Tau - Cricket
Abigail Tere-Apisah - Tennis
Dika Toua - Weightlifting

Team of the Year
Barramundis - Men’s National Cricket Team
CPL PNG Lewas - Women’s National Cricket Team
Maleos - National Netball Mixed Team

National Performance of the Year
Alotau U15 Basketball Team - Basketball
Enga Mioks - Rugby League
Lois Garena - Volleyball/ Softball/ Netball

Community Sports Initiative Award
Backyard Sports - Multi-Sport
Mum’s A Hero - Basketball
Nelson Stone - Multi-Sport
Junior Male Athlete of the Year
Simon Atai - Cricket
Leonard Kalate - Swimming
Geoffrey Loi - Table Tennis

Junior Female Athlete of the Year
Violet Apisah - Tennis
Rehema Kalate - Swimming
Alice Kwaia - Basketball

Best Sports Person with a Disability
Steven Abraham - Para-Athletics
Elias Larry - Para – Athletics
Vero Nime - Para-Table Tennis

Sports Official of the Year
Rarua Dikana - Cricket
Douglas Guise - Rugby 7s
Adam Parker - Netball

Sports Media of the Year
Jack Ami - The National
Dinnierose Raiko - EMTV
Marie Sakumai - TV WAN
Sports Photo of the Year
Airborne - Simon Keslep
Bird’s Eye View - Fidelis Sukina
Try On Debut - Larry Andrews

The selection panel met over two occasions to pick the finalists and the winners and they were impressed with the quality of nominations that were received.
“Congratulations to all the finalists and I thank the public for showing their appreciation and support for their sporting heroes,” Vele said.

He said there will be one recipient for each of the awards but being a finalist is an achievement in itself that everyone can be proud of.

“It is exciting to see the names of the finalists and I look forward to joining the rest of PNG in hearing who the eventual recipients of this year’s Awards will be,” Vele said.

A total of 137 nominations were received from around the country for each of the categories. The announcement of the finalists marks the opening of SMS voting for the People’s Choice Award.

The People’s Choice Award is the 12th category on offer for the Sports Awards and the winner for it is directly selected by the public through their SMS votes using FM100’s voting platform.

Candidates for this category come from three finalists of the following;

Male Athlete of the Year

Female Athlete of the Year

Team of the Year

Sports Official of the Year

Voting for the People’s Choice Award category will close on 8th May, 2019. All the finalists will gather in Port Moresby on May 25 for the presentation which will be held at the Crowne Hotel.

They will also meet with the special guest for this year’s Sports Awards, Australian Olympic gold medallist, Kerrie Pottharst who will be addressing guests during the presentation.

May 30, 2019