Athletic Heat announces Winners of the 2019 Awards

The Athletic Heat Track and Field Awards honor the best athletes who are doing the country proud in their various events, as well as coaches and media personalities who are making impact and contributing to the development of Athletics in Nigeria.

The winners of the third edition of this prestigious award will be announced today online unlike the usual live event. The Athletic Heat Awards honor individuals who are doing incredible work in making Nigeria proud in the Athletics scene and we are so proud to recognize their hard work.

The Athletic Heat Awards feature several categories and the winners are:

U15 Female Athlete of the Year

Winner: Nse Imaobong. She is the 2019 fastest Under 15 girl over the 200m and 400m winning both events at the National Youth Games title. She also won the 400m Youth category at the National U18/20 Championships

U15 Male Athlete of the Year
Winner: Iredia Goodness. He won the 2019 National U15 Title in the High Jump event, with a Personal Best of 1.90m and he looks very promising to dominate the U18 and U20 level in a few years. He leaped 1.60m and 1.80m in Ilaro and Lagos respectively before going for the big jump in Kwara during the U15 Games
U18 Female Athlete of the Year

Winner: Favour Ofili. She is a talented 400m athlete. Highpoint of her 2019 season was reaching the semifinal at the World Athletics Championships in Doha as well as winning the individual Silver at the All African Games. She ended her season running Personal Bests of 23.24s and 51.51s. With more competitions and exposure, we see her qualifying for the Olympics and making a great impact.

U18 Male Athlete of the Year
Winner: Erhire Best. He is the 2019 National Youth and Senior Champion in the High Jump event. During the season, he scaled a Personal Best of 2.12m and won the African U18/20 Championships title while finishing 10th at the All African Games

U20 Female Athlete of the Year

Winner: Rosemary Chukwuma. She represented Nigeria at the IAAF World Championships, World Relays and she won medals at the African U20 Championships as well as the All African Games.

U20 Male Athlete of the Year

Winner: Enoch Adegoke. He posted a massive Personal Best of 10.12s. Interestingly, he ran 10.11s to win the race but it was later reran and he returned 10.12s. Enoch is also the National and African Junior Champion over the blue ribband event and we are optimistic that he will also hit the Olympic standard. At the 2019 World Relays, he alongside Jeremiah Jakpa, Egwero Ogho-Oghene and Arowolo Emmanuel broke the 4x200m National Record.

Senior Female Athlete of the Year

Winner: Patience Okon-George. She won the 4x400m Gold at the 2019 All African Games where she was also a finalist in the individual event. Patience also made the semifinal at the IAAF World Championships and she is the National Champion over the 400m

Senior Male Athlete of the Year

Winner: Itsekiri Usheoritse. This is a season he would look back and smile at his achievements from representing the country at the IAAF World Relays to making his Europe debut this season, posting massive Personal Bests of 10.02s and 20.53s. As well as qualifying for the World Champs and Olympics. Itsekiri also won the 100m Bronze medal at the African Games.

Next Rated Athlete of the Year

Winner: Favour Ofili. She is a talented 400m athlete. Highpoint of her 2019 season was reaching the semifinal at the World Athletics Championships in Doha as well as winning the individual Silver at the All African Games. She ended her season running Personal Bests of 23.24s and 51.51s. With more competitions and exposure, we see her qualifying for the Olympics and making a great impact.

Breakout Athlete of the Year

Winner: Nnamdi Chinecherem. It’s indeed a breakout year for the young champ, winning the African Youth Gold medal and also clinching the Bronze at the All African Games. His very first international as a senior. He threw a Personal Best of 73.24m

Track Male Athlete of the Year

Winner: Raymond Ekevwo. Highlight of his season will be winning the 100m title at the All African Games in a massive Personal Best of 9.98s. He was also a Semifinalist at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha.

Track Female Athlete of the Year

Winner: Tobiloba Amusan. Great season for the talented hurdler. Came from a slow start to finishing 4th at the biggest Athletics competitions asides the Olympics. She is the reigning African Games champion over the 100m hurdles.
Field Male Athlete of the Year

Winner: Chukwuebuka Enekwechi. The African Games Shot Put champion was at the IAAF World Championships where he got to the finals finishing 8th. This season, he threw an National Record of 21.80m

Field Female Athlete of the Year

Winner: Ese Brume. She saved Nigeria the shame of not winning a medal at the IAAF World Championships as she leaped a distance of 6.91m to clinch the Bronze medal. She also won the Gold at the African Games.

Male Coach of the Year

Winner: Coach Kayode Yaya. He is the coach behind Ese Brume success and he has brought her to limelight with his wealth of knowledge.

Female Coach of the Year

Winner: Coach Endurance Ojokolo, She is the coach of Usheoritse Itsekiri and she serves as a motivation to female coaches all over the country. It shows that female coaches too are relevant and are making impact.

Journalist of the Year

Winner: Funmilayo Fameso. CEO Nig. Athletics blog, one of Nigeria’s leading athletics new site in the country. She has been promoting the sport and the athletes since she started in 2017.

Gov. of the Year

Winner: Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa. The ever-loving sports governor is our winner for this category. He has been supporting sports since he assumed office and it’s no doubt how Team Delta wins overall at National competitions.

Big congrats to all the winners. The Award certificates will be sent to you all individually. All the best in the 2020 season.

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