Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) has announced finalists for the Annual National Sports Awards based on the 2017 performances. The winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony to be held at the Ba Isago Convention Centre on 15th September 2018.
The nominees are:
Junior Female Sportsperson of the year
• Maxine Egner -Swimming
);> Won 4 gold medals at the South Africa Level 3
Championship in 2017.
);> Qualified for the 2018 World School individual
Championships in Albania.
);> Won 2 silver and a bronze at the 2017 African Swimming
Confederation (CANA) Championship.
Recorded an impressive 29 seconds at the age of 13
• Naledi Marape -Chess
Youngest finalist (at 10 years old) of the Metropolitan
Botswana National Senior Chess Championships
2017 ReBa Bona Ha (RBBH) National Champion
Youngest Motswana to receive the Women Fide Master Title
(at 11 years old)
• Oarabile Tshosa-Athletics
BISA national 400m champion in 20 17
Won gold in 400m at the 2017 COSASSA Athletics championships in Zimbabwe
Ranked 7th in 400m at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth
Junior Male Sportsperson of the Year
• James Freeman -Swimming
Won gold at the Botswana National Swimming Championships
Won gold at the South African Junior Championship
Won gold at the African Swimming Association (CANA) 2017 championship
Represented Botswana at the FINA Junior World Championship
in the USA
• Bernard Olesitse-Athletics (400m)
Won gold at the 2017 BISA National Championship.
Won Gold at the 2017 COSASSA athletics championship Bronze medalist in the 4X400m at the Commonwealth Youth Games
Finalist at the 2017 African Under-20 Championship in
• Thabang Setshego-Karate
Won gold medal at the 2016 AUSC Region 5 Games.
:» Gold medal winner in Individual kata and team kumite at the 2017 AUSC Region 5 Games
:» Silver medalist in individual kumite at the Africa Junior
:» Qualified for the World Junior Championships in Spain
Sports Administrator of the Year
• Tshepho Bathai (President BOKA)-Karate
:» BOKA successfully implemented their development plan for
:» Oversaw successful competition by Botswana karatekas in
continental, regional and world stage where they brought
over 100 medals.
• Busani Agreement Segweni (President) - BOPSSA
:» Coordinated a successful co-hosting of the athletics and ball sports competitions with BISA for the very first time
:» Chef De Mission of team Botswana to the 2017 COSASSA
ball sports competitions
:» Served in the COSASSA Logistics Committee in Lesotho
:» Successfully introduced Tennis to BOPSSA and made an
inaugural appearance at the national championships.
• Motlhokomedi Thabano (President BCF)-Chess
:» Oversaw successful alignment of the Botswana Chess
Federation (BCF) strategy with that of the BNSC.
:» Successful grassroots development programs (Chess in over
700 primary schools countrywide)
:» Successful in retaining existing sponsorships and attracting
new sponsors to the federation
:» Under his stewardship, Botswana did very well in regional,
continental and world competitions in 2017
National Team of the Year
• Under 21 Netball Team (Dinaletsana)
Finished 10th out of20 countries at the Netball World Youth Cup 2017.
)>- Dinaletsana became a household name for Botswana sports in
2017 with massive coverage in media (mainstream & social)
)>- Attracted multiple sponsorships to prepare and compete in the
Youth World Cup
• Men 4 X 400m Relay (Baboloki Thebe, Nijel Amos, Isaac Makwala, Leaname Maotoanong, Onkabetse Nkobolo & Karabo Sibanda)
Silver medalists at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas
)>- Reached the semi-finals of the 2017 IAAF World
Championships in London
l>- Ranked 1st in Africa in 2017
• Men Softball Team
)>- Number one ranked team in Africa and 19th in the world in
)>- Reached the quarter finals of the 2017 World Baseball
Softball Confederation (WBSC) Championship in Canada.
National Sport Association (NSA) of the Year
• Botswana Boxing Association
)>- Made a commitment to elite athletes' development with many boxers competing in high profile events in 2017.
)>- Accelerated development of technical officials to world boxing standards.
• Botswana Karate Association
)>- The association flew the country's flag high winning medals in regional and international competitions.
Expanded its grassroots development programmes with launch of a RBBH centre in Tshabong.
• Botswana Athletics Association
Continued producing top quality athletes who do well in international competitions bringing home medals.
Sent strong teams to the IAA World Relays, Commonwealth
Youth Games and World Championships.
A great ambassador to Botswana in the international sporting arena.
Sportswoman of the Year
• Aratwa Kasemang - Boxing
Won bronze at the Africa Senior boxing championships in
Gold medalist at the national boxing championship.
A hard working boxer who motivates other woman boxers to work hard.
• Amantle Montsho - Athletics
Made comeback to qualify for the World Athletics
Championship where she ranked 11th.
Captained the relay team that won the Southern Region 4 X
Clinched gold in the National Athletics Championship.
• Lame Hetanang - Karate
Won gold at the regional Karate championship in Maputo, Mozambique
Silver medalist at the Africa karate Championship in
Good role model to young and upcoming female karatekas.
Sportsman of the Year
• Ofentse Bakwadi - Karate
>- Gold medal winner in the senior individual kata at the
Regional championship in Mozambique.
>- Won gold (in team and individual kata at the Africa Senior
);> Won another gold in individual kata at the Hayashi-Ha
);> Ofentse has been a consistent performer over the years always winning medals at the international level.
• Isaac Makwala - Athletics
>- Won silver with the men 4 X 400m at the IAAF World relays in the Bahamas.
>- IAAF Diamond league winner in 400m
>- Made history running a solo 200m race at the World
Championship after being forced off the 400m with an illness.
>- Made history becoming the first man to run a sub 20s and a
sub 45sec in the 200m and 400m respectively on the same
• Rajah Otukile Mohammed-Boxing
>- Won silver at the Africa Boxing Championship in Congo.
>- Qualified for the World Boxing Championships in Hamburg,
>- A committed, hard-working boxer who always strived to be
top of his game.
Umpire/Referee of the Year
• Tshepo Kelaotswe - Athletics
>- Botswana's first qualified time tronics operator.
>- Officiated at all BAA, BISA and BOTESSA competitions.
);> A respected official in the region-called to manage the AUSC
Region 5 results
• Emmanuel Kgaboetsile-Badminton
Officiated at the World Junior Championships in Indonesia Officiated at the French Open Super Series including Women's Doubles finals match.
Umpired 44 matches at the World Senior Championship in
India, including Men singles finals.
Appointed to the Africa Badminton Technical Officials
Committee for 3 years.
Train and mentors local umpires.
• Dorothy Okachi- Basketball
Officiated at the FIBA Afrobasket Zone 6 women qualifiers in
Officiated the FIBA Club Championship Qualifiers for Zone
Officiated the FIBA Africa Club Championships women finals in Angola
Coach of the Year
• Lechedzani Luza-Boxing
Guided the national team to the Africa Senior Boxing
Championship and they won a silver and bronze Lead UB Boxing club to Ist position at the National Championship
His boxer Rajab Mohammed qualified for the World Boxing
• Justice Dipeba-Athletics
Coached the women 4 X 400m relay team that set a new national record and qualified or the first time ever to the World Championships.
Guided Isaac Makwala to the World Championships in
London where he reached the finals of the 200m.
Mentors young and upcoming athletes to reach elite level.
• Otto Tafa-Karate
);;> Coached the senior team to the Region 5 games where they amassed a total18 medals.
);;> Also lead the team to the African Karate Championships where they brought 6 medals.
);;> His team won team kumite and team kata at the 2017 BOKA Club Championship.
The following Awards will also be presented at the glittering ceremony:
Print Media House - this will be awarded to a newspaper which covered sports consistently and qualitatively over the past year.
Camera Person of the Year - to be awarded to the best photo journalist of the year.
Print Media Journalist - the best sports print journalist of the year.
Electronic Media House - to be awarded to the best electronic media house (Radio and TV).
Best Electronic Media Journalist - to be awarded to the best electronic media journalist (Radio and TV).
The award is a prerogative of the Chairperson of the Sport Commission and will be announced at the ceremony.