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An Evening of Celebration: First Annual Sport Awards

There’s a certain thrill about getting out and active in the community. Nauruan citizens are doing their best to live a healthy lifestyle, and the Ministry of Sport held its first Annual Sports Awards in Nauru on Wednesday, 16 January 2019.

The awards recognised some of the top sporting talents in Nauru for the past year, and it seems that weightlifting is still the sport to watch for 2019.

Nauru Weightlifting took out five awards over the course of the evening, including:

Mr Saul Detenamo – Coach of 2018

Ms Maximina Uepa – Sportsperson (Female) 2018

Mr Elson Bretchefeld – Sportsperson (Male) 2018

Ms Nancy Abouke – Emerging Sportsperson (Female) 2018

Weightlifting – Team of 2018

The recognition of talent coincided with the nation’s 50th Independence year of 2018. The general atmosphere in the venue was one of excitement and jubilation, and the awardees were ecstatic to receive recognition in their chosen sporting fields.

Nauru Airlines was proud to sponsor four of the awards on this inaugural event, and Coach of 2018 Awardee, Mr Saul Detenamo, said that he and his team were humbled and excited by Nauru Airlines’ support and generosity.

Nauru Weightlifting is a force to be reckoned with in the Nauru sporting scene, bringing home 33 Gold Medals in 2018.

The Nauru Karate Team made up of three siblings also showcased their skills on the evening, much to the delight of the crowd.

Ms Jennita Daoe won Disabled Sportsperson 2018 and Mr Daizal Detudamo won Emerging Sportsperson (Male) 2018.

The Sporting Community in attendance looks forward to the next Awards night to be held in early 2020, in the meantime back to training for competitions in 2019!