International Netball Federation (IFN) is proud of Malawi netball star Mwawi Kumwenda for winning International World Games Association Athlete of the Year.
IFN stated on its website that it is delighted that Kumwenda has won the award for netball beating athletes from other sporting disciplines.
The world netball governing body has hailed the netball fraternity for contributing to the feat by voting.
“We are delighted that your votes have helped Mwawi Kumwenda to become International World Games Association Athlete of the Year,” reads an article posted on the website.
“Thanks to voters from all around the world, Malawian netballer Mwai Kumwenda has been crowned the winner of the International World Games Association Athlete of the Year.”
INF President Molly Rhone said the 26-year-old shooter had also done proud her country Malawi.
“Winning this award is not only good news for Mwawi but for her country Malawi and netball in general. Mwawi has execelled through hard work and dedication to netball and is really deserving,” Rhone said.
The IFN boss said: “ Malawi’s first ever and only netball professional is a great role model for young girls and exemplifies women’s empowerment. I congratulate her most heartily.”
The 26-year-old shooter is quoted by website saying that: “I feel so excited and honoured that so many people around the world have voted for me—I really appreciate it.”
The Malawian, who moved to Mainland Tactix in New Zealand after a stint in Australia, was one of the 18 athletes nominated for the IWGA Award from a cross section of sports.