Malawi’s only netball export, Mwawi Kumwenda, who was recently decorated with the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Innovation Award, has been shortlisted for the International World Games Association (IWGA) athlete of the year.
This also comes at time when Airtel Malawi, a mobile service provider, unveiled her their ‘It’s Now Campaign’ Ambassador.
The Queens’ shooter is among 18 short-listed athletes selected from a cross section of sports disciplines across the globe, according to IWGA’s website http://www.theworldgames.org/.
She was nominated by the International Netball Federation (INF) following her impressive performance at the 2015 World Netball Cup in New Zealand where was also voted player of the tournament.
IWGA has since launched an online vote for the athlete of the year. Voting whose deadline is January 31, is available online on the IWGA website. The winner will be announced on February 1 2016 and the trophy shall be awarded in cooperation with the winner’s federation.
Voting will also be promoted on the IWGA Facebook and twitter accounts and this means that supporters of each candidate will be able to share and encourage others to support an athlete.
Mwawi has since encouraged her fans to support her so that award should at least come to Malawi.
“I didn’t expect to be among the short-listed athletes. I just thank God. However, this could be meaningful if i can manage to get enough votes and wn the award.
“I therefore ask people and netball followers in the country to support me and they should cast their vote wholeheartedly,” said Mwawi.
IWGA, an international organization recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)–which organizes multi-sport event called the World Games (every four years), is aimed at increasing the popularity of the sports represented by its 37-member federations.