As part of its efforts at recognizing and rewarding individuals and organisations for their contribution to sports in Ghana, Liquid Sports Ghana is set to organise the 3rd edition of the annual Liquid Sports Ghana Awards at the plush Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City on Saturday, 9th June.
The awards-the first of its kind in Ghana which focuses on athletics- are aimed at throwing the spot light on athletes who excel in representing the country both locally and internationally, and to inspire the younger generation.
The event organisers, www.liquidsportsghana.com, have introduced new award categories in para sports, leadership while some organisations will be recognised and rewarded for the contribution to sports.
As with the first two editions of the awards, this year’s awards will recognise the national best athletes in the male and female categories. In the rising stars categories, two promising locally based athletes in the male and female categories will be honoured.
The awards is voted for by an expert panel which includes an international cast of athletics experts including renowned Ghanaian journalist Carl Tufuoh, the head of sports, Citi FM, Nathan Quao, the President of the Ghana Triathlon Federation, Bawah Fuseini, the Managing Editor of www.athletics-africa.com, Yomi Omogbeja, Carole Fuchs, Managing Editor of www.africathle.com, Yemi Olus, Senior writer at Nigeria’s Making of Champions-a Sports Media & Management Company, renowned Ghanaian athletics coaches Salamatu Musah and Chris Amankrah- who doubles at the Chairman of the Greater Accra Athletics Association.
The BBC’s Steve Vickers, who was part of the voting panel for the last edition of the awards in 2016, is also part of the panel of experts for the third edition of the awards. The late VOA Senior Africa Producer Mark Ouma was part of the panel of experts for the inaugural award held in 2015.
2017 in Review!
In 2017, Ghana athletics enjoyed one of its memorable seasons after recording its highest qualifiers to an IAAF World Championships after 4 individual athletes and the women’s 4x100m relay team qualified and participated in London 2017.
The list includes 800m runner Alex Amankwah, 400m runner Emmanuel Dasor, sprinter Janet Amponsah, triple jumper Nadia Eke and the relay team of Janet Amponsah, Flings Owusu Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong, Akua Obeng Akrofi and Persis William Mensah.
The team however was unable to win medals and make the desired impact at the championships owing to inadequate preparations towards the athletics show piece competition.
Domestically, the sport witnessed four major national championships organised by the Ghana Athletics Association last year, coupled with an impressive array of performances both locally and international.
Despite these giant strides, the sport is yet to fully receive the recognition it deserves in the sporting fraternity in Ghana.
The awards aims at telling the story of Ghanaian athletes in the past year, noting their achievements, sacrifices and efforts to go beyond their limits in both the print and electronic media.
This year’s event, which is sponsored by Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, the Indian Women’s Association of Ghana and Rokmer Pharma Ltd., will be graced by sports personalities, athletes, administrators, journalists and diplomats.