Liquid Sports Ghana announce the first ever annual Ghana athletics award dubbed, the Liquid Sports Ghana Athlete of the Year

Liquid Sports Ghana is proud to announce the first ever annual Ghana athletics award dubbed, the ‘Liquid Sports Ghana Athlete of the Year’ to honour and give recognition to deserving athletes.

The award is aimed at throwing the spot light on both male and female national athletes who excel in representing the country both locally and internationally to inspire the younger generation.

Ghana athletics has enjoyed one of its most successful season’s in recent times after the national athletics team won an impressive eight medals at the in Congo-Brazzaville.

The sport witnessed as many as 9 competitions locally last year coupled with an impressive array of performances both locally and international.

But the sport is yet to fully receive the recognition it deserves in the sporting fraternity in Ghana.

The award aims at telling the story of Ghanaian athletes in the past year, noting their achievements, sacrifices and efforts to go beyond their limits using both the print and electronic media.

Criteria for Selection

The nominees for the inaugural award will include athletes with high score performances, the athletes who won medals at the 2015 All Africa Games and 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) and the athletes who broke a national record.

Below are the major criteria that will be considered when selecting the best athletes in Ghana:

  • IAAF scoring points for 2015’s best performance
  • 2015 World Ranking (using Tilastopaja)
  • 2015 African Ranking (using Tilastopaja)
  • Medal won in 2015
  • National record broken in 2015

Only athletes who are not subject to doping violations and a clean disciplinary record will be considered for the award.

It is the hope of the organisers of that the award will give the sport the needed scope and visibility to enhance the image of the sport.

Among other things, one of the goals of the award is to help deepen the understanding of the sport among journalists, athletes and the general public.

Nominees:

MEN

Name

Gender

Event

SB 2015

IAAF Points

2015 World Ranking

2015 African Rankings

Medals

National record

Tim Abeyie

M

100m

10.37

1082

348

32

Solomon Afful

M
M

200m
100m

20.68
10.39

1115
1076

179
398

23
38

AAG bronze (4x100m)

Alex Amankwah

M

800m

1:45.91

1146

74

33

John Ampomah

M

JT

82.94

1135

31

4

AAG silver

YES

Emmanuel Dasor

M

400m
200m

45.61
20.61

1138
1126

99
140

14
19

AAG bronze (4x100m)

George Effah

M

400m

46.65

1068

378

49

Daniel Gyasi

M

400m

46.30

1091

252

31

AAG bronze

(4x100m)

Atsu Nyamadi

M

Decathlon

7567

1053

110

5

AAG silver

YES

Richard Seklorwu

M

LJ

7.62

1055

338

19

CYG gold

Jordan Yamoah

M

PV

5.36m

1091

155

2

AAG silver

WOMEN

Name

Gender

Event

SB 2015

IAAF Points

2015 World Ranking

2015 African Rankings

Medals

National record

Gemma Acheampong

F

100m

11.49

1095

207

15

AAG silver (4x100m)

Suzie Acolatse

F

100m
200m

11.53
23.69

1087
1066

258
366

19
23

Julia Agawu

F

DT

50.40

895

333

11

AAG bronze

YES

Janet Amponsah

F

100m
200m

11.29
23.04

1137
1130

88
87

7
5

AAG silver (4x100m)

Mathilde Boateng

F

TJ

13.20

1021

180

8

Elizabeth Dadzie

F

100H
LJ
Heptathlon

13.42
6.29
5144

1094
1050
908

203
205
289

9
8
10

Nadia Eke

F

TJ

13.40

1041

132

6

AAG bronze

YES

Lydia Mato

F

3000m

9:31.97

1001

458

60

YES

Flings Owusu-Agyapong

F

100m

11.42

1110

157

10

AAG silver (4x100m)

Mary Zuta

F

JT

50.93

893

277

9

AAG silver

NOTE:

A separate list of ‘Rising Stars’ for the boys and girls categories is currently being compiled by the organisers to inspire the younger generation of athletes. The list also be based on the ’s Rankings for 2015.

Voting Process for Liquid Sports Ghana Athlete of the Year Award:

Here is how the voting process for the 2015 Liquid Sports Ghana Athlete of the Year will be conducted.

A list of the top athletics performances including both men and women –will firstly be selected by a panel of experts* using the Ghana Athletics Association’s end of year ranking.

From those finalists, the voting panel made up of local and international journalists, athletes, coaches, administrators and a select group of experts will select the male and female Liquid Sports Ghana Athletes of the Year respectively.

The top three athletes from the poll will be announced after which the final rankings will be released to the general public through www.liquidsportsghana.com and its social media outlets on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, 29 January, 2016.

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