Kempinski Liquid Sports Ghana Awards: Ampomah dedicates award to teammates & young athletes…urges more gov’t support

Kempinski Liquid Sports Ghana Awards: Ampomah dedicates award to teammates & young athletes…urges more gov’t support

Kempinski Liquid Sports Ghana Awards: Ampomah dedicates award to teammates & young athletes…urges more gov’t support

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The 2016 Kempinski Liquid Sports Ghana Awards was sponsored by the Kempinski Hotel Hold Coast City, Ethiopian Airlines, Kwese Free Sports, the Ghana Triathlon Federation and the Sports Directorate, University of Ghana, Legon.

2016 Kempinski Liquid Sports Ghana Male athlete of the year, John Ampomah has dedicated his award to his teammates while urging more government support for athletics in Ghana.

Ampomah, who won silver at the CAA Championships in Durban, South Africa, added to his legacy by winning the coveted crown for a record second occasion.

The Ghanaian throwing sensation produced a personal best 83.09m to extend the national record (82.94m) and qualify for the Olympics in early July, 2016.

The Middle Tennessee State University graduate placed a respectable 19th in his first appearance at the Olympics Games in Rio 2016 after throwing 80.39m.

Fresh from receiving his award in Tennessee USA, Ampomah said:

“I dedicate this award to all my teammates especially the young ones. I encourage us to work hard on the track, on the field and give our maximum best at all times and also not to allow the few negative individuals undermine our achievements.

“I encourage us to also give out our maximum best in the classroom as well. In that way, we would have something to fall on when the unfortunate thing happens (injury) or when we hang our shoes/spikes.”

Ampomah said that national athletes are keen to emulate the achievements of the likes of Margaret Simpson and Ignisious Gaisah who won medals at the 2005 IAAF World Championships. He urged more government support for athletes for that dream to come true.

“I am calling on the government to come to our aid and support Ghana athletics. We (the athletes) want to move from mere representation to proper representation (representation with medals) and we cannot do that if the government does not play its part by giving to the association the necessary funding for preparation.”

Ampomah, who is also the national team captain, applauded the winners of the other award categories of the Kempinski Liquid Sports Ghana Awards.

“Congratulations to all Liquid Sports award winners and nominees. For all the hard work and sacrifices, it always feels good to be recognized but it’s an honor to be chosen and thanks to the Liquid Sports Ghana for such a wonderful recognition.

“I thank every individual who has supported me through this journey – coaches (especially my coach Dean Hayes), family, friends, team-mates, church members and loved ones. I cannot thank you guys enough for the support and prayers.

“A special thanks goes to the Ghana Athletics Association and other corporate bodies for their continuous support and opportunities. Some of us would not have had all these successes without them,” he summed up.

Meanwhile, Flings Owusu-Agyapong won the Kempinski Liquid Sports Ghana female athlete of the year award. Beatrice Gyaman won the local female athlete of the year award while Martin Owusu-Antwi won the local male athlete of the year award.

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