WISA awards 26

Some of the winners of the WISA awards

It was a moment of joy and sheer ecstasy for 26 women who received awards at the 2018 Women In Sports Association (WISA) Achievers Awards.

The awards, held at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday were to recognise and reward the selected outstanding female sports personalities for their contribution towards the development and promotion of sports in the country.

Interestingly, most of the winners expressed shock and disbelief and wondered how their ‘small’ contribution to the development of the sector got the attention of the selectors.

That notwithstanding, they see the awards as a huge motivation to propel them to aim at reaching greater heights.

The award winners include Victoria Dowuona – Tennis; Samira Suleimana – football/charity; Philippina Frimpong – administration; Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo – football; Veronica Commey – media; Memunatu Suleimana – football; Catherine Morton – education; Gloria Peprah – media; Hor Halutie – athletics; Cylia Baah Danso – table tennis and Irene Yarboi – hockey.

Others were Rosemary Ametepe–boxing; Alice Attipoe–administration; Black Queens–football; Gladys Patterson–supporter; Amy Fynn–Thompson–media; Helena Williams–coaching; Mary Ennoo–badminton; Akosua Nkansah–para badminton; Ali Ayishatu Zakaria–media and Princella Adubea–football.

The rest including Kaya Forson–swimming; Rafatu Inusah–rugby; Nadia Darley Sackitey–taekwondo; Cynthia Lamptey–handball.

In separate chats with the winners, they expressed gratitude for their selection and hoped many others would work very hard to win similar awards in future.

Helena Williams, a senior sports coach at the University of Ghana expressed shock but believed it was long overdue because she has done much to deserve a national award.

Mrs Cathy Morton, Race Director of the Millennium Marathon explained she never thought people were watching her exploit.

Memunatu Suleimana, a former Black Queens goalkeeper said the honour done her by WISA meant that her effort in playing for the Black Queens was never in vain and appealed to Ghanaians to support the Black Queens to win the 2018 African Women’s Championship to be played in Ghana.

Princella Adubea, the striker of the Black Princesses who was ruled out with injury from the U-20 FIFA World Cup thanked WISA for the awards.

Hor Halute, the sensational sprinter who shocked athletics fans at the 2018 Commonwealth Games said she has been inspired by the gesture and promised to train harder to perform better.

Ms Gloria Peprah of GTV Sports Plus fame said her award will make her do much better in her media career.

Coach Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo, assistant trainer of the Black Queens commended WISA for doing a wonderful work.

Ms Filipina Frimpong of the National Sports Authority (NSA) who won an award in sports administration said the concept of WISA was motivating and inspiring.

Madam Rosemary Gaisie, president of WISA commended the recipients and advised others to keep working hard.

The awards was preceded by a health walk through some principal street of Osu, and followed by an aerobic session and demonstration of netball, taekwondo and rugby.

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