By Skola Sengi – EM TV, Port Moresby
2014 marked a milestone in sports. In weightlifting, our Glasgow Gold performance by Steven Kari and Dika Toua; on the AFL front, our Mosquitoes taking out the International Cup and in cricket, apart from achieving One-Day-International Status our Barramundis and Lewas leading successive campaigns. Also there was the successful Intrust Super Cup debut season by the SP Hunters and the sixth PNG Games in Lae in November.
The prestigious SP Sports Awards was launched on 7 January in Port Moresby, SP Brewery marking 23 years of partnership and sports recognition with the PNG Olympic Committee.
For this year’s SP Sports Awards, 12 categories are open for nominations, seeing the merging of Coach, Referee/Umpire and Administrator of the Year as Sports Administrator of the Year and the emergence of People’s Choice of the Year.
The People’s Choice Award of the Year gives a chance for the public to vote for any finalists of the first four categories.
After the successive staging of the 1991 South Pacific Games, the SP Sports Awards was an initiative to not only drive our sports fraternity to greater heights but recognise their efforts to achieving sports excellence.
Due to the staging of the Pacific Games in July, the launch has been brought forward to this month. Nominations are now open and will close on Wednesday, 25 February. The Awards night is scheduled for March.