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Public urged to send in nominees for SP Sports Awards before deadline

As the close of nominations for 2021 SP Sports Awards nears, the Organising Committee is urging the public to submit their nominations before the 7th of April.

Chairlady of SPSA Organising Committee, Nancy Gah, said since the launch in February,
nominations have been slow coming in.

“We have received nominations only from Port Moresby thus far. We encourage the public plus athletes and non-government organisations involved in sports in the provinces to submit their nominations. The SP Sports Awards is for all Papua New Guinean sports teams and athletes.” said Gah.

“The Awards is about recognizing the efforts and successes of our athletes. But we also have categories for the media, NGOs involved in sports, athletes living with disabilities and our hard working sports administrators and coaches.

“Let us not forget that sports plays an important role in our communities. It is through sports that we are able to put PNG on the world map. Sports also unites our people, no matter our age, ethnicity, gender and trials we face in life. Hence this year’s theme “Excellence through Adversity”.

“Let’s continue to drive positive messages through the SP Sports Awards.”

The SPSA Organising Committee is now calling on sports federations, clubs, the media and general public to
submit nominations.

The 12 categories are as follows;
 People’s Choice Award
 Male Athlete of the Year
 Female Athlete of the Year
 Team of the Year
 National Performance of the Year
 Community Sports Initiative
 Junior Male Athlete of the Year
 Junior Female Athlete of the Year
 Best Sportsperson with a Disability
 Sports Official of the Year
 Sports Photo of the Year
 Stan Joyce Award

A new category was introduced in 2019, The Stan Joyce Award, this award recognises organizations that provide outstanding support through their enduring collaboration with sport in PNG.

This award will go to corporate companies under the criteria of:

  1. Longevity
  2. Creativity
  3. Impact in the Community and
  4. Achievement

“This will be a bi-annual award, said Gah.

Nominations close on the 7th of April 2021.

Those who wish to obtain nomination forms can pick them up at SP Brewery Offices (Port Moresby, Lae, Goroka and Kokopo), PNG Sports Foundation Office, Sir John Guise Indoor Complex and the PNG Olympic
Committee Office at Lahara Drive Boroko.

Forms can be download from the PNG Olympic Committee website at

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