Malawi’s sole netball export, Mwawi Kumwenda has won the International World Games Association (IWGA) Athlete of the Year Award which was announced yesterday.
Mwawi has been magnanimous for winning votes in the competition, saying she is “thrilled and delighted” that Malawi has made a mark.
The 26-year-old Malawi Netball player who plays for Tactix of New Zealand got landslide votes ahead of Russian dance couple, Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova, according to results posted on IWGA website.
Among 8 nominees for the award, Mwawi was the only African.
The Malawi Queens shooter conceded there was “terrific competition” for the award but thanked Malawians for their support as it mounted for her success.
“I want to thank all Malawians for having my back and honoring me with your votes,
“I am grateful, in a special way, to you the Facebook community, for so generously contributing your time and effort to campaign to all your friends and beyond. Liking and sharing posts, making comments with words of encouragement and voting; all these are reasons why we have amassed the thousands of votes we now have. Without your support, I could not have gone this far.” She said
Adding on, she continued to express how all netball players and lovers have been lifted higher apart from her and Malawi as well.
Mwawi’s manager, Hlupikile Chalamba also thanked Malawi’s team in New Zealand for their support.
Malawi’s Sports and Culture minister Grace Chiumia and Netball Association of Malawi president Rose Chinunda have since congratulated Mwawi, saying she is a deserved winner.
“The award is a motivation to the girl child to pursue their dreams as Mwawi is a role model,” Chiumia said.