The official sponsors of the 17th edition of the Namibia Annual Sport Awards (Nasa) were announced yesterday by the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), who also revealed a chairperson’s award of excellence has been added to the previously announced categories.
The sponsors are MTC, Debmarine Namibia, Nampower, Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), New Era Publication Corporation (NEPC) and Standard Bank Namibia. The award ceremony is scheduled for 30 October at the Windhoek Gymnasium Private School under the theme ‘Celebrating Sporting Excellence’.
The event did not take place last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and it will this year only be attended by sponsors and nominated athletes.
“We are doing this taking into consideration the current challenges that we face as the Namibia sports industry and not only as the sports commission. You’ll agree with me that we have faced challenges during Covid-19 that forced us to have innovation and make sure we cut all costs,” said Nasa project director Chalo Chainda.
He noted they do not again want a situation that an athlete or coach who has competed is not nominated. “So, it’s an open event for all Namibian deserving athletes. However, the process must be followed – the nomination must be signed off by the president or the secretary general of the federation,” Chainda explained.
With the nomination process already open, federations are urged to submit their nominees before midnight on Monday, 4 October at 12 midnight.
The 20 categories:
MTC Nasa Sports Star of the year - N$200 000
MTC Nasa Sportsman of the year - N$100 000
MTC Nasa Sportswoman of the year - N$100 000
MTC Nasa Junior Sportsman of the year - N$50 000
MTC Nasa Junior Sportswoman of the year - N$50 000
Nampower Nasa Sportsman of the year with a disability - N$100 000
Nampower Nasa Sportswoman of the year with a disability -N$ 100 000
Nampower Nasa Junior Sportsman of the year with a disability
- N$50 000
Nampower Nasa Junior Sportswoman of the year with a disability - N$50 000
Debmarine Namibia Nasa Sports team of the year - N$100 000
Debmarine Namibia Nasa Umpire/Referee of the year - N$50 000
Debmarine Namibia Nasa Professional Athlete of the year in the Diaspora - N$50 000
Coach of the year - N$50 000
NEPC Nasa Sports Journalist of the year:
Broadcasting (Radio & TV)
- N$10 000
Print (Newspapers, magazines, etc.) - N$10 000
Digital (Online, social & photography) - N$10 000
Standard Bank Namibia Nasa Sports Development Programme of the year - N$100 000
Standard Bank Namibia Nasa Community Inspiration Award - N$50 000
NSC Nasa National Federation of the year - N$50 000
NSC Nasa Lifetime Achievement Award - Blazers and NWR vouchers - N$15 000 each
NSC Nasa Chairperson’s Award of Excellence - N$10 000
NWR Nasa People’s Choice Sports Star of the year - N$15 000 voucher
In addition to the three categories, Debmarine Namibia is also sponsoring N$100 000 towards the operation and logistics budget of the event.
The People’s Choice Sports Star Award will be open to the public for voting, and one person stands the chance to win a weekend for two at any NWR resort, worth N$15 000.