MTC will sponsor the 2011 MTC NSC Sport Awards with an amount of N$350 000. The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on November 4 at the Safari Hotel.
MTC sponsorships manager, Isaac Hamata said this would be the ninth year that they would be sponsoring the event.
“It is the ninth year in succession that we are sponsoring this event which celebrates the achievements of our sports men and women, including persons with disabilities,” Hamata said.
“Our role as MTC is to ensure that this event grows in stature every year, we therefore hope that this year’s event will be bigger and better than the previous years,” he added.
Hamata also said that the outcry about the nomination criteria and the judging by the sport codes every year should not be allowed to continue.
“MTC will therefore implore the organising committee to make sure the process of nomination and judging be as open and transparent as possible while also calling on the code administrators to play their part and not just sit idle and wait for the right moment to complain about nothing.”
“It is not our job to dictate criteria but we want to see the organising committee putting its foot down and only accepting those nominations that really meet the criteria,” he continued.
Entries that will be considered will be for performances between 1 September 2010 to 31 October 2011.
Vice chairman of the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Ben Naobeb said that they had selected an independent panel of judges to ensure fairness and accuracy in the process.
Callie Schafer, former Namibia National Olympic Committee member, will be the judges’ chairman. The other judges on the panel are, Helge Schutz, who is the editor of the Namibia Sport Magazine and website; Lesley Tjiueza, Namibia Broadcasting Corporation sports reporter; and Stacey Namases, former Disability Sports Namibia secretary general.
“Twelve categories will be contested and all sport code are eligible to enter nominations in each and every category with no limitations,” Naobeb said.
Former South Africa Springboks wing, Ashwin Willemse will be the guest speaker at the ceremony.
The categories are:
Sportsman of the Year
Sports Woman of the Year
Sports Team of the Year
Junior Sportsman of the Year
Junior Sports Woman of the Year
Disabled Sportsman of the Year
Disabled Sports Woman of the Year
Most Improved Sportsperson of the Year
Development Programme of the Year
Coach of the Year
Administrator of the Year
Umpire/Referee of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Sports Journalist of the Year