Sports awards now come with more prize monies

WINDHOEK: The remuneration for Namibia’s top sports performers has increased 100 per cent, with the Sports Achiever of the Year set to receive N.dollars 200 000 this year.

The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) made the announcement on Thursday when it unveiled a total sponsorship of N.dollars 1 260 000 towards this year’s sports awards slated to take place on 31 October.

NSC vice-chairperson Amos Shiyuka expressed delight at the number of companies which came on board to support the awards, but emphasised that a lot of companies still need to “join the race” in supporting Namibian sports men and women.

“What we are currently doing is not enough to award our athletes. We need to benchmark what is happening in the regions surrounding us, and what is happening is that all our neighbouring countries are really looking after their athletes,” he said.

Shiyuka noted that neighbouring countries reward their athletes for sports excellence.

“When their national anthem is sung and their flag is raised, the whole nation feels proud to see that, just like when Johanna Benson made us proud when she won a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympics,” he said.

The Sportsman or Sportswoman will each receive N.dollars 100 000, up from N.dollars 50 000 last year. These awards are open to both able-bodied and athletes with disabilities.

The Junior Sportsman or Sportswoman (able-bodied or athletes with disabilities) will each receive N.dollars 50 000, up from N.dollars 25 000 in 2013.

The Most Improved Athlete, as well as the best coach, referee or umpire, and administrator of the year will each go home with N.dollars 30 000.

The best team will be rewarded with N.dollars 70 000.

The winning sports reporters for radio, print, digital and television will each receive N.dollars 10 000.

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) is the main sponsor with N.dollars 600 000.

NamPower sponsored N.dollars 350 000, specifically towards awards for athletes with disabilities.

Other sponsors are Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) with N.dollars 100 000 worth of vouchers for accommodation at any of their resorts throughout Namibia; Coca-Cola N.dollars 60 000; First National Bank (FNB) of Namibia N.dollars 50 000; Social Security Commission (SSC) N.dollars 30 000; Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) N.dollars 50 000; and OTB Sports N.dollars 20 000 in kind.

The final nominees will be announced on 14 October. Entries close on 30 September.