The fourth edition of the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Regional Annual Sport Awards (RASA) 2019 took place tonight in Windhoek, Namibia at at Safari Court Hotel and Conference Centre.
Awards been celebrated under the theme “Celebrating Excellence, Inspiring Innovation” saw close to 200 invited guests and dignitaries, including ministers of sport from all Region 5 Member Countries and sports celebrities from across the Region coming together to crown the Region sporting champions of the year 2019.
Zimbabwe managed to win three awards with Zimbabwe Cheetah’s coach Gilbert Nyamutsamba winning the coach of the year awards ahead of Samuel Sepeng athletic coach how has coached Caster Semenya. In his acceptance speech Nyamutsamba thanked wife and his two son’s for allowing him to coach and then later went on to thank the sponsors of the Zimbabwe rugby Cheetahs.
Sports journalist Tinashe Tirivavi of the The Mirror newspaper walked away with the sports journalist of the year awards. The camera shy Tirivavi looked surprised and kind of shocked upon been announced as the winner. Tirivavi covers grassroots sports stories from all over the Region.
Wilfred Mashaya the first African to become a Kobudo Champion was awarded the Sportsman of the Year award ahead of Botswana Isaac Makwala and South Africa swimmer Chad Le Clos. The Kobudo Champion thanked the Zimbabwe Republic Police for believing in him and always sponsoring him to compete in international tournament.
Full list of Regional Annual Sport Awards (RASA) 2019
JUNIOR SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Kennedy Luchembe, Athletics , Zambia
JUNIOR SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Moneyi Chingaipe, Athetics, Malawi
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY
Ndodanzi Jonathan Ntutu, Athletics T12, South Africa
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY
Anrune Liebenberg, Athletics T47, South Africa
SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR
Banyana Banyana ,Football, South Africa
COACH OF THE YEAR
Gilbert Nyamutsamba, Rugby Sevens, Zimbabwe
JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Tinashe Tirivavi, The Mirror, Zimbabwe
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Wilfred Mashaya, Martial Arts (Kubudo), Zimbabwe
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Caster Semenya, Athletics, South Africa
CONFEDERATION OF THE YEAR
CANA ZONE 4
AFRICAN UNION SPORTS COUNCIL REGION 5 AWARD
SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR
Caster Semenya, Athletics,South Africa