The 2016 Liquid Sports Ghana Athlete of the Year Awards is brought to you by Liquid Sports Ghana in partnership with Ethiopian Airlines, the Ghana Triathlon Federation, the Sports Directorate-University of Ghana, Legon.
The second edition of the awards is sponsored by Kwese Free Sports, GTV Sports + and TV Africa.
African Ranking: 8th
5th 2016 African champs)
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With less than two weeks to the most anticipated Liquid Sports Ghana Athlete of the Year Awards, we profile one of the nominees for the women’s athlete of the award: High jumper Regina Yeboah.
High jumper Regina Yeboah made the headlines in 2016 for the right reasons when she recorded 1.80m (PB) to qualify for the 20th African Championships at the Grand Finale of the Ghana Athletics Association’s National Circuit Championships in Cape Coast.
Regina’s personal best mark is only .05m shot of the national high jump record jointly held by Ruky Abdulai and Margaret Simpson (1.85mNR).
She had earlier jumped a GAA B-standard mark of 1.76m at the third edition of the Ghana Athletics Association Championship held at the El-Wak Stadium in April, becoming the second locally-based athlete to qualify for the 2016 African Athletics Championships.
She joined fellow high jumper, Nana Yaa Abigail Kwarteng, to qualify for the Durban, South Africa Championships where she came 5th with a jump of 1.73m.
Indeed, the women’s high jump was one of the must-see events at the Circuit, spanning Bolgatanga, Koforidua, Accra, Sekondi-Takoradi, with the final event in Cape Coast.
For an athlete who had averaged 1.60m prior to the 2016 season, her mark of 1.80m (PB) was made all the more remarkable because of her positive progression in the season and how close she came to the national record.