The close of nominations for the 2021 SP Sports Awards is nearing and the Organising Committee is calling out to the public to submit their nominations before April 7th.

Chairlady of the SPSA Organising Committee, Nancy Gah, said since the SP Sports launch in February, nominations have been slow in coming in.

“We have received nominations only from Port Moresby thus far. We encourage the public plus athletes and non-government organisations involved in sports in the provinces to submit their nominations. The SP Sports Awards is for all Papua New Guinean sports teams and athletes.”

“The Awards is about recognizing the efforts and successes of our athletes. But we also have categories for the media, NGOs involved in sports, athletes living with disabilities and our hard working sports administrators and coaches.”

“Let us not forget that sports plays an important role in our communities. It is through sports that we are able to put PNG on the world map. Sports also unites our people, no matter our age, ethnicity, gender and trials we face in life. Hence this year’s theme “Excellence through Adversity”.

“Let’s continue to drive positive messages through the SP Sports Awards.”

The SPSA Organising Committee is calling out to sports federations, clubs, the media and general public to submit nominations.

The 12 categories are;

  • People’s Choice Award
  • Male Athlete of the Year
  • Female Athlete of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • National Performance of the Year
  • Community Sports Initiative
  • Junior Male Athlete of the Year
  • Junior Female Athlete of the Year
  • Best Sportsperson with a Disability
  • Sports Official of the Year
  • Sports Photo of the Year
  • Stan Joyce Award

“I’d like to highlight a category that was introduced in 2019. That is the Stan Joyce award. The Stan Joyce Award will recognize organizations that provide outstanding support through their continued partnership and collaboration with sport in PNG. This award will go to corporate companies under the criteria of:

  1. Longevity
  2. Creativity
  3. Impact in the Community and
  4. Achievement

“This will be a bi-annual award,” said Gah.

Nominations close on April 7th 2021.

Nomination forms are available at the SP Brewery Offices (Port Moresby, Lae, Goroka and Kokopo), PNG Sports Foundation Office, Sir John Guise Indoor Complex and the PNG Olympic Committee Office at Lahara Drive Boroko.

Nomination form can also be download from the PNG Olympic Committee website