29 Athletes won Athlete of the Week Award in 2018 as Oyeniyi & Okagbare top the list
2018 has been a great year for Athletic Heat Ltd as we have been able to expand our brand beyond imagination. This year we started a couple of projects/initiatives which we felt will be a big boost to Nigerian athletes from this season onward.
In March, we instituted the Athletic Heat Athlete of the Week Award which is to recognize Nigerian athletes worldwide who performs well during the every week. The rule we set was that, anytime competitions were held in Nigeria such as the Golden Leagues, notwithstanding the performances of their foreign-based counterparts, the recognition will be given to the home-based due to the minimal competitions hosted by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. Another yardstick in selecting the winners was through an Athletics Calculator which determines the athletes who take the title.
The very first winners of this weekly accolades were Blessing Ogundiran and Arowolo Emmanuel who were standout athletes at the Abuja Golden League where they won the 100m and 200m respectively in 11.48s and 20.85s.
Soon after this was announced, US-based Jumper, David Ejumeta volunteered to sponsor the Award with a cash prize of N5,000. Just like us, David believes that if financial incentives is added, it will spur athletes to run faster so as to attain the title and be the best version of themselves whenever they compete.
Ejumeta subsequently sponsored the next Awards won by home-based Athletes Joy Udo-Gabriel and Enoch Adegoke who ran scintillating PB’s 11.42s and 10.19s at the Commonwealth Games in April.
In May, we signed a partnership deal with MD Yesir Foundation, Mr Temitope Alli who pledged to sponsor every Athlete of the Week won by an home-based athlete with sum of N20,000. This has indeed inspired many to bring out the best in them.
So far this accolades have been won 35 times by 29 athletes with Oyeniyi Abejoye winning it the most for the male category having won it thrice while Blessing Okagbare have equally won it thrice.
Here’s a list of all our winners in 2018. They are:
Arowolo Emmanuel and Blessing Ogundiran
Blessing Okagbare and Fabian Edoki
Blessing Okagbare and Raymond Ekevwo
Enoch Adegoke and Joy Udo-Gabriel
Tobi Amusan and Divine Oduduru
Mercy Abire and Divine Oduduru
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and Blessing Okagbare
Omubo Garshon and Joy Udo-Gabriel
Mercy Ntia-Obong and Arinze Benjamin
Orukpe Erayokan and Patience Okon
Oyeniyi Abejoye and Rosemary Chukwuma
Isah Salihu and Joy Udo-Gabriel
Abejoye Oyeniyi and Glory Nathaniel
Abejoye Oyeniyi and Chioma Onyekwere
Rosemary Chukwuma, Oritsemeyiwa Ineh and Alaba Akintola
Favour Ofili and Joseph Edadiafhe
Nse Imaobong and Usheoritse Itsekiri
Reiterating the process in which we select our winners, at the National Sports Festival held in Abuja weeks ago, there were many athletes who performed well running PB’s, breaking records and defending titles.
Here’s the Top 6 home-based performers at the Sports Festival according to the Athletics Calculator
Usheoritse Itsekiri-10.27s-100m (1115pts)
Oyeniyi Abejoye-13.85s- 110mh (1094pts)
Orukpe Erayokan- 46.35s- 400m (1091pts)
Arinze Benjamin- 7.77m- Long Jump (10.77pts)
Olowookere David- 51.07s- 400mh (1074pts)
Austine Nwoye- 55.23m- Discus (968pts)
Nse Imaobong– 52.46s- 400m (1116pts)
Boluwatife Bukola- 11.45s- 100m (1112pts)
Grace Anigbata- 13.76m- Triple Jump (1071pts)
Queen Obisesan- 64.35m- Hammer (1002pts)
Esther Isah- 1.80m- High Jump (1000pts)
Princess Kara- 44.76m- Discus (792m)
In September, Athletic Heat in partnership with Nigeria Athletics blog hosted the first ever Athletics in School Program which is aimed at promoting Track and Field culture amongst students and teaching them the value of combining school and sports. We took this historic move to where history itself began, we paid a visit to CMS Grammar School, Bariga, Lagos- the oldest secondary school in Nigeria- and St. Finbarrs College, Akoka. We went alongside Nigeria’s fastest hurdler, Abejoye Oyeniyi who served as a role model to these students.
See photos from the outing:
Lastly, we hosted the 2nd edition of Athletic Heat Track and Field Awards where we recognized Nigerian home-based athletes who performed well during the 2018 season as well as top elite US-based athletes who put Nigeria on the World map of Athletics this year.
The winners include;
Rosemary Chukwuma (Youth Female Athlete of the Year)
Alaba Akintola (Youth Male Athlete of the Year),
Enoch Adegoke (Junior Male Athlete of the Year),
Esther Isah (Junior Male Athlete of the Year),
Abejoye Oyeniyi (Senior Male Athlete of the Year),
Ajayi Yinka (Senior Female Athlete of the Year)
Oritsemeyiwa Ineh (Next Rated Athlete of the Year)
Grace Anigbata (Breakout Athlete of the Year)
Coach Edirin Owivri (Coach of the Year)
Blessing Okagbare and Tobi Amusan made Nigeria proud setting African Record and making Commonwealth Games history respectively. Our Para-Athlete of the Year Award went to Galadima Suwaibidu, who won the 100m T47 Gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games while World Para-Powerlifting Record holder, Bose Omolayo was recognized as Female Para-Athlete of the Year. Coach Aare Feyisetan won the Para-Coach of the Year Award. Mr Bola Alake and Mr Daniel Adebanjo were giving long-term service recognition. Youth Olympic Champ, Rosemary Chukwuma was recognized as the Most Outstanding Home-based Athlete in 2018
See photos from the event:
Some Special Awardees couldn’t attend the event and we caught up with African Record Holder, Blessing Okagbare and Commonwealth Games 100mhurdles champion, Tobi Amusan at the National Sports Festival in Abuja.
A big shout out to all our Sponsors; MTN, Nilayo Sports Management, Tequilla, ICT Solutions as well as our media partners; TVC, NTA, STV, Busy Buddies. Also our individual sponsors; ,Mr Kweku Tandoh, Comder Nesiama and Tobi Amusan