The recent Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) awards saw athletes from the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) scooping a majority of the categories they were nominated in.
There was no doubt that athletics were the big winners of the night.
The BAA walked away with the Sports Code of the Year award, as well as Sports Administrator of the Year award, which went to BAA’s Moses Bantsi.
Still under the BAA, Junior Female Sports Person of the Year award went to Oarabile Baboki, as well as the Sportsman of the Year award, which went to Gable Garenamotse, still from BAA.
The awards, which are considered the most important event in the local sporting calendar, were for the year 2009 and were broadcast live by Botswana TV).
The awards also bought forward interesting twists and turns as more women received awards in categories where they were going up against established male counterparts.
Another big individual winner of the night was clearly local athlete Amantle Montsho, who walked away with the Sportswoman of the Year award, as well as the Sports Person of the Year award.
A tearful Montsho was the only nominee of the night to have walked away with two awards.
It’s the second consecutive year that Montsho has grabbed the Sportsperson of the Year award for her impressive representation of Botswana at reputable international sporting events.
In other categories, the junior male sports person of the year award, which is given to a male sports participant under the age of 21, was given to first time winner Boitumelo Koone from Karate.
This was the only category of the night where Karate was able to receive an award.
The Coach of the Year award was given to another sporting code that was able to walk away with only two awards. Johannes Ditlhabang of boxing was named as an individual coach who has successfully contributed to the development and growth of Boxing in his club. The Botswana Boxing Association (BBA) group was also able to walk away with the best executed plan of the year award.
The Umpire/Referee of the Year award was received by none other than Edgar Serole of the Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF).
In the presence of big names, such as the vice president of Botswana, Mompati Merafhe, and minister of Youth Sports and Culture, Shaw Kgathi, Lister Boleseng, who is also a sportsperson, entertained the crowd with his band.
The Non-citizen Contribution to Sports award went to the Director of Sports and Culture at the University of Botswana (UB), Dele Akpata, for his contribution to the successful administration of BOTESSA.
Group Code of the Year award was given to Botswana Primary Schools Sports Association (BOPSSA) for their continued effort to lure and nurture kids into sporting competitions at a young age.
The BNSC also had a special category for the media which it says has been the driving force with which they are able to reach the nation through its involvement.
The media awards were interestingly dominated by women winners. Although there were no nominations, Mmegi newspaper won the Best Media House in Sports Coverage.
Mosah Mokganedi, also from Mmegi, won the print sports journalist of the year award.
Camera Person of the Year was also handed to Tshoganetso Mokone, while electronic house of the year award went to BTV.
The award for electronic presenter went to Tiro Lepotokisi from Radio Botswana.
Another big winner for the night was the Kutlwano Volleyball Ladies Team, which walked away with the Team of the Year award.
The last award of the night, which was the Chairperson’s Choice Award, went to Basadi Akoonyatse, a physiotherapist by profession who for quite some time volunteered her services to some of the local sporting codes.