Ghanaian junior athlete Richard Seklorwu was named the Best Sporting Personality at the 2nd Annual Ghana Sports Excellence Awards in Accra on Saturday.
The young long jumper was recognised for his feat of winning Ghana’s first-ever gold medal in the history of the Youth Commonwealth Games when came first in the boy’s long jump in the 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa.
Seklorwu edged out Black Stars attacker Andre Ayew, Ghanaian tennis player George Darko, and Nafisatu Umaru of the Black Sticks, Ghana’s hockey team.
The award was the second picked up by Seklorwu as he also won the Male Athlete of the year ahead of Ayew, Darko and Patrick Obeng, who is a physicaly challenged athlete.
Nafisatu Umaru was named the Best Female Athlete while, Sani Brown of Japan took the Best Male Diasporan Athlete ahead of Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich, Kwabena Appiah of the Wellington Phoenix football club and Memphis Depay of Manchester United.
Brown is the current World Youth Athletics Champions in the 100 and 200 metres and has a Ghanaian father and a Japanese mother.
The other nominees in the category all have a Ghanaian parent thus their entry into the awards ceremony.
The Ghana Athletics Assocation won the Best Sporting Association/ Federation and the AshantiGold won the Best Team Award.