The Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) on Monday, 8th January 2018 voted for the country’s best Sports Personalities of the Year.
This was during the sports body’s first meeting of the year held at Scarlet Hall of Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.
The assembly was presided over by the USPA president Sabiiti Muwanga alongside the general secretary Patrick Kanyomozi with the treasurer Mubarak Kasule.
David Emong beat off a stiff vote to emerge winner of the athletes top gong ahead of Joshua Cheptegei.
Geofrey Sserunkuma and Vanesa Karungi emerged as best male and female footballers respectively.
Isaac Mubirikwa won body building as Muzamiru Kakande was the best boxer.
Mike Kawooya emerged as a best squash player coming top ahead of Ian Rukunya, among others.
Meanwhile, three categories will be determined at the awards ceremony on a date yet to be confirmed.
These are best organised sports event of the year, best overall sports personality and team of the year.
The top four events that made the shortlist are 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championship, FIVB Africa Zone 5 Championship, 2017 Uganda Golf Open, Africa Rugby 7s, FIBA Africa ZoneV Club Championship.
For the team of the year, City Oil Basketball Club, KCCA F.C, Uganda Rugby Cranes, She Cranes (Netball) and Lady Cricket Cranes make the final five shortlist.
The overall sports personality of the year final shortlist has David Emong (Para-Athlete), Phillip Wokoroach (Rugby), Peace Proscovia (Netballer) and Geoffrey Sserunkuma (Footballer).
In 2016, Dennis Onyango was crowned overall sports personality.
LIST OF SUCCESSFUL SPORTS PERSONALITIES:
- Male: David Emong
- Female: Josephine Lalamu
- Isaac Mubirikwa
- Male: Brian Kasirye
- Female: Husna Kobusingye
- Male: Jimmy Enabu
- Female: Vilma Achen
- Muzamiru Kakande
- Male: Patrick Kawuma
- Female: Mariam Nakanyike
- Male: Kenneth Waiswa
- Female: Gertrude Chandiru
- Charles Kato
- Male: Ronald Mwanje
- Female: Linda Ochen
- Male: Emmanuel Baguma
- Female: Dorren Mbabazi
RALLY CREW OF THE YEAR:
- Christakis Fitidis and Eric Nzamwita
- Michael Kawooya
- Male: Tendo Mukalazi
- Female: Avice Meya
- Hakim Ssempereza
- Male: Ryan Ssekulima
- Female: Halima Namboozo
- Duncan Mugabe
- Male: Fahad ‘The Bee’ Ssewankambo
- Female: Victoria ‘Vicky’ Namuyanja
- Male: Phillip Wokoroach
- Female: Samiya Iyikoru
- Male: Ronald Rugumayo
- Female: Martha Babirye
- Peace Proscovia
- Patricia Apolot
- Male: George Aporu
- Female: Margret Namayalo
- Male: Geofrey Sserunkuma
- Women: Vanesa Edith Karungi
To Be announced at the USPA Gala (Date will be communicated)
Team of the year 2017:
- City Oil Basketball Club
- Uganda Cricket Cranes
- Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) football club
- Uganda Pool Cranes
- Uganda Netball She Cranes
Overall Sports Personality of the year 2017:
- Geofrey Sserunkuma (Uganda Cranes striker)
- Peace Proscovia (Netballer)
- David Emong (Para Athlete)
- Phillip Wokorach (Rugby player)
Best Sports Organized Event of the year 2017:
- IAAF World Cross Country Championship
- FIVB Africa Zone 5 Championship
- Uganda Golf Open
- Africa Rugby 7’s