Jun 15, 2009, 6:19 AM
paralympic basketball player Isatou Nyang has won the Special Jury Prize of the
African Women Sports Reporters inaugural Africa Female Athlete of the Year
Awards ceremony held on 30 March in
The awards programme is aimed at encouraging the region’s talented women often shadowed by their men’s sporting feats.
Isatou was winner of the Sports Journalists Association of the Gambia Paralympic player of the year in its awards ceremony held last year on 2 July 2011.
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Another winner is Vivian Cheruiyot, who had an impressive double Gold at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu that marked an exceptional track and cross-country season, and accolades are still coming her way, according to aips.com.
Cheruiyot was crowned in absentia by the Union of African Women Sports Reporters (UFRESA) and a public online voting as the continent’s finest.
The double world gold winner (5000m and 10000m) and reigning world cross country champion, who was also recently named the Laureus Female 2012 athlete of the year, barely a month after she was crowned Kenya’s top athlete of the just ended season, piped Nigerian football star N’Kwocha Perpetua, who took the runners-up position, and Senegalese wrestler Isabelle Sambou, second runners-up, who qualified for the Olympics for the first time.
award for most promising female star was awarded to Beninese Océane Ganiero
(karate). The trophy for “Peace and Sport” for her peace messages in
This first edition of the Awards UFRESA recognised the achievements and leadership of the Burundian Football Federation, President Lydia N’sekera, an IOC member and member of FIFA’s women’s football committee, as she was crowned the best administrator.
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