The country’s sporting mother body, Botswana National Sport Commission has finally announced the much anticipated 38th Annual National Sports Awards finalists based on the 2017 performance. The winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony to be held at the Ba Isago Convention Centre, Block 7, Gaborone on15th September 2018. The announcement was supported by the achievents of individual athletes nominated.
The nominees are:
Junior Female Sportsperson of the year
• Maxine Egner -Swimming
Won 4 gold medals at the South Africa Level 3 Championship in 2017.
Qualified for the 2018 World School individual Championships in Albania.
Won 2 silver and a bronze at the 2017 African Swimming Confederation (CANA) Championship.
Recorded an impressive 29 seconds the age of 13
• Naledi Marape -Chess
Youngest finalist (at 10 years old) of the Metropolitan Botswana National Senior Chess Championships
2017 Re Ba Bona Ha (RBBH) National Champion
Youngest Motswana to receive the Women Fide Master Title (at 11 years old)
• Oarabile Tshosa-Athletics
BISA national 400m champion in 2017
Won gold in 400m at the 2017 COSASSA Athletics championships in Zimbabwe
Ranked 7th in 400m at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games
Junior Male Sportsperson of the Year
• James Freeman -Swimming
Won gold at the Botswana National Swimming Championships
Won gold at the South African Junior Championship
Won gold at the African Swimming Association (CANA) 2017 championship
Represented Botswana at the FINA Junior World Championship in the USA
• Bernard Olesitse-Athletics (400m)
Won gold at the 2017 BISA National Championship.
Won Gold at the 2017 COSASSA athletics championship
Bronze medalist in the 4X400m at the Commonwealth Youth Games
Finalist at the 2017 African Under-20 Championship in Athletics
• Thabang Setshego-Karate
Won gold medal at the 2016 AUSC Region 5 Games.
Gold medal winner in Individual kata and team kumite at the 2017 AUSC Region 5 Games
Silver medalist in individual kumite at the Africa Junior Karate Championship
Qualified for the World Junior Championships in Spain
Sports Administrator of the Year
• Tshepho Bathai (President BOKA)-Karate
BOKA successfully implemented their development plan for 2017.
Oversaw successful competition by Botswana karatekas in continental, regional and world stage where they brought over 100 medals.
• Busani Agreement Segweni (President) – BOPSSA
Coordinated a successful co-hosting of the athletics and ball sports competitions with BISA for the very first time
Chef De Mission of team Botswana to the 2017 COSASSA ball sports competitions
Served in the COSASSA Logistics Committee in Lesotho 2017.
Successfully introduced Tennis to BOPSSA and made an inaugural appearance at the national championships.
• Motlhokomedi Thabano (President BCF)-Chess
Oversaw successful alignment of the Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) strategy with that of the BNSC.
Successful grassroots development programs (Chess in over 700 primary schools countrywide)
Successful in retaining existing sponsorships and attracting new sponsors to the federation
Under his stewardship, Botswana did very well in regional, continental and world competitions in 2017
National Team of the Year
• Under 21 Netball Team (Dinaletsana)
Finished 10th out of 20 countries at the Netball World Youth Cup 2017.
Dinaletsana became a household name for Botswana sports in 2017 with massive coverage in media (mainstream & social)
Attracted multiple sponsorships to prepare and compete in the Youth World Cup
• Men 4 X 400m Relay (Baboloki Thebe, Nijel Amos, Isaac Makwala, Leaname Maotoanong, Onkabetse Nkobolo & Karabo Sibanda)
Silver medalists at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas
Reached the semi-finals of the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London
Ranked 1st in Africa in 2017
• Men Softball Team
Number one ranked team in Africa and 19th in the world in 2017.
Reached the quarter finals of the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Championship in Canada.
National Sport Association (NSA) of the Year
• Botswana Boxing Association
Made a commitment to elite athletes’ development with many boxers competing in high profile events in 2017.
Accelerated development of technical officials to world boxing standards.
• Botswana Karate Association
The association flew the country’s flag high winning medals in regional and international competitions.
Expanded its grassroots development programmes with launch of a RBBH centre in Tshabong.
• Botswana Athletics Association
Continued producing top quality athletes who do well in international competitions bringing home medals.
Sent strong teams to the IAA World Relays, Commonwealth Youth Games and World Championships.
A great ambassador to Botswana in the international sporting arena.
Sportswoman of the Year
• Aratwa Kasemang – Boxing
Won bronze at the Africa Senior boxing championships in Congo, Brazzaville.
Gold medalist at the national boxing championship.
A hard working boxer who motivates other woman boxers to work hard.
• Amantle Montsho – Athletics
Made comeback to qualify for the World Athletics Championship where she ranked 11th.
Captained the relay team that won the Southern Region 4 X 400m
Clinched gold in the National Athletics Championship.
• Lame Hetanang – Karate
Won gold at the regional Karate championship in Maputo, Mozambique
Silver medalist at the Africa karate Championship in Cameroon
Good role model to young and upcoming female karatekas.
Sportsman of the Year
• Ofentse Bakwadi – Karate
Gold medal winner in the senior individual kata at the Regional championship in Mozambique.
Won gold (in team and individual kata at the Africa Senior Karate championship.
Won another gold in individual kata at the Hayashi-Ha World Championship.
Ofentse has been a consistent performer over the years always winning medals at the international level.
• Isaac Makwala – Athletics
Won silver with the men 4 X 400m at the IAAF World relays in the Bahamas.
IAAF Diamond league winner in 400m
Made history running a solo 200m race at the World Championship after being forced off the 400m with an illness.
Made history becoming the first man to run a sub 20s and a sub 45sec in the 200m and 400m respectively on the same day.
• Rajab Otukile Mohammed-Boxing
Won silver at the Africa Boxing Championship in Congo.
Qualified for the World Boxing Championships in Hamburg, Germany.
A committed, hard-working boxer who always strived to be top of his game.
Umpire/Referee of the Year
• Tshepo Kelaotswe – Athletics
Botswana’s first qualified time tronics operator.
Officiated at all BAA, BISA and BOTESSA competitions.
A respected official in the region-called to manage the AUSC Region 5 results
• Emmanuel Kgaboetsile-Badminton
Officiated at the World Junior Championships in Indonesia
Officiated at the French Open Super Series including Women’s Doubles finals match.
Umpired 44 matches at the World Senior Championship in India, including Men singles finals.
Appointed to the Africa Badminton Technical Officials Committee for 3 years.
Train and mentors local umpires.
• Dorothy Okachi- Basketball
Officiated at the FIBA Afrobasket Zone 6 women qualifiers in Mozambique.
Officiated the FIBA Club Championship Qualifiers for Zone 6.
Officiated the FIBA Africa Club Championships women finals in Angola
Coach of the Year
• Lechedzani Luza-Boxing
Guided the national team to the Africa Senior Boxing Championship and they won a silver and bronze
Lead UB Boxing club to 1st position at the National Championship
His boxer Rajab Mohammed qualified for the World Boxing Championship.
• Justice Dipeba-Athletics
Coached the women 4 X 400m relay team that set a new national record and qualified or the first time ever to the World Championships.
Guided Isaac Makwala to the World Championships in London where he reached the finals of the 200m.
Mentors young and upcoming athletes to reach elite level.
• Otto Tafa-Karate
Coached the senior team to the Region 5 games where they amassed a total 18 medals.
Also lead the team to the African Karate Championships where they brought 6 medals.
His team won team kumite and team kata at the 2017 BOKA Club Championship.
The following Awards will also be presented at the glittering ceremony:
Print Media House – this will be awarded to a newspaper which covered sports consistently and qualitatively over the past year.
Camera Person of the Year – to be awarded to the best photo journalist of the year.
Print Media Journalist – the best sports print journalist of the year.
Electronic Media House – to be awarded to the best electronic media house (Radio and TV).
Best Electronic Media Journalist – to be awarded to the best electronic media journalist (Radio and TV).
CHAIRPERSON’S AWARD – This award is a prerogative of the Chairperson of the Sport Commission and will be announced at the ceremony.