The Sports Writers Association of
Ghana's award for 2006
(SWAG) has short-listed three athletes for the 2006 Sports
Personality of the Year Award.
The short-listed sports men are Black Stars skipper Stephen
Appiah, defender John Mensah of Stade Rennes and long-jumper
and two time winner, Ignatius Gaiasah.
The ultimate winner shall be decided by the general public
and the association.
A statement released by SWAG said members of the general
public shall have 30% say in the voting process with the
remaining 70 to be decided by the association before the
annual awards night tentatively fixed for March.
Other nominees are Male Footballer of the Year – Michael
Essien – Chelsea (England), Stephen Appiah – Fernabache
(Turkey) and John Mensah of Stade Renne (France) with Black
Queens offensive midfielder Shilla Okine as the Female
Footballer of the Year.
Black Stars goalkeeper Richard Kingston and John Mensah will
be awarded special meritorious awards for their special
contributions to the success of the national team.
The senior national team, the Black Stars, which excelled at
their maiden appearance at the World Cup has been adjudged
Team of the Year.
Vida Anim, Africa’s sprint queen who won gold medals in the
100 and 200 meters at the last Africa Athletics Championship
in Mauritius will pick the Female Athlete of the year award,
with Gaisah, gold medalist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in
Melbourne going for the Male Athlete of the year.
The rest of the winners are Discovery of the Year – Anita
Amankwah (Black Queens), Alhajie Saanie Mohamed (Ashgold) –
Promising Player of the Year, Referee of the Year – Alex
Kotey, Professional Boxer of the Year – Yakubu Amidu,
Amateur Boxer of the Year – Awusoni Yekini, Volleyball
Player of the Year – Iddrisu Banisou, Hockey Player of the
Year Salia Nsalbini (male) Emily Aggrey – (female), Majetie
Fetrie – Weightlifter of the year.
Also in line for awards are Young Golfer of the Year -
Nicolo Catto, female golfer of the year – Mona Captan,
Dedication and Valour – Cynthia Akweley Lamptey (Fire
Service), chairman of the year, Johnson Cliff Aboagye,
chairman of the Ghana Weightlifting and Body Building
Association (GWBBA) – Chairman of the Year with a special
award to be conferred on Ataa Lartey of Street Academy, a
Non Governmental Organization (NGO).