His two wins made him the first Para athlete to take home the biggest prize of the day
David Emong (left) poses with his father after he was crowned. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
Uganda’s sportsmen and women together with the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) came together to celebrate those who achieved sporting excellence in 2017.
The Nile Special USPA gala was a light-hearted black tie affair that took place on Friday night at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.
This year the promise of Afrigo Band lived up to expectation as the legendary band played some of their best hits, sending the guests down memory lane.
Their deeply nostalgic tunes were the right anecdotes to a very emotional affair for some of the athletes and guests.
The biggest winner of the night was David Emong who took home the Sports Personality of the Year gong for winning the men’s 1500 T46 World Para Athletics Championship gold medal at the games in London.
Emong’s two wins made him the first Para athlete to take home the biggest prize of the day.
Guest of honour Speaker Rebecca Kadaga congratulated USPA on its 48th birthday and also told athletes that their efforts are responsible for the increased sports budget.
“1970 was 1 year before the coup that brought in Idi Amin, after that we had the Obote government the NRM etc. I would like to commend the Uganda Sports Press Association for resilience really, because they are a private organisation that has survived 48 years,” Kadaga said.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Nile Special USPA Sports Personality of the year: David Emong
Nile Special USPA Team of the Year: National Rugby 7s team
Best Organised Event of the Year: IAAF World Cross Championships
Nile Special USPA Best Run Federation of the Year: Uganda Athletics Federation
Nile Special USPA Legendary Award: Simon Mugabi
USPA Female Athlete 2017 –Josephine Lalam
Nile Special USPA Male Athlete 2017- David Emong
Nile Special USPA Boxer 2017 – Muzamir Kakande
Nile Special USPA Footballer 2017- Geoffrey Sserunkuma
Nile Special USPA Female Footballer 2017-Vanessa Edith Karungi
Nile Special USPA Rally Crew 2017- Christakis Fitidis and Eric Nzamwita
Nile Special USPA Male golfer 2017- Ronald Rugumayo
Nile Special USPA Female golfer 2017- Martha Babirye
Nile Special USPA Male cricketer 2017- Kenneth Waisswa
Nile Special USPA Female cricketer 2017- Gertrude Chandiru
Nile Special USPA Male Pool player 2017- Fahad Ssewankambo
Nile Special USPA Female Pool player 2017- Victoria Namuyanja
USPA Male Badminton player 2017- Brian Kasirye
USPA Female Badminton player 2017- Husnah Kobugabe
Nile Special USPA Male Karateka 2017- Ronald Mwanje
Nile Special USPA Female Karateka 2017- Linda Ochen
Nile Special USPA Male T/Tennis player 2017- Duncan Mugabe
Nile Special USPA Female Woodball player of 2017-
Nile Special USPA Male Woodball player 2017-
Nile Special USPA weightlifter 2017- Hakim Ssempereza
Nile Special USPA Female rugby player 2017- Samiya Ayikoru
Nile Special USPA Male rugby player 2017- Phillip Wokorach
Nile Special USPA Male Basketball player 2017- Jimmy Enabu
Nile Special USPA Female Basketball player 2017-Vilma Achen
USPA Motocross rider 2017- Isabella Blick
Nile Special USPA Male Chess player 2017- Patrick Kawuma
Nile Special USPA Female Chess player 2017- Maria Nakanyike
Nile Special USPA Female Volleyball player 2017- Margaret Namyalo
Nile Special USPA Male Volleyball player 2017- George Aporu
Nile Special USPA Netball player 2017-Peace Proscovia
Nile Special USPA Kick boxer 2017-Patricia Apolot
Nile Special USPA Ludo player 2017 –Kato Charles
Nile Special USPA Male Handball player 2017- Felix Mukundzi
Nile Special USPA Female handball player 2017-
Nile Special USPA Female Swimmer 2017-Avice Meya
USPA Male Swimmer of 2017- Tendo Mukalazi
Nile Special USPA Male Hockey player 2017- Emmanuel Baguma
Nile Special USPA Female Hockey player 2017- Doreen Mbabazi
Nile Special USPA Tennis player 2017- Duncan Mugabe
Nile Special USPA bodybuilder 2017-Isaac Mubikirwa
Nile Special USPA squash player 2017- Michael Kawooya
Male Badminton player of the year- Brian Kasirye 16 years
Female Badminton player of the year-Husnah Kobugabe 17 years
Motocross rider of the year- Isabella Blick 9 years
Female athlete of the year-Josephine Lalam 17 years