The nominations have been announced for the 39th Sports Writers of Ghana (SWAG) Awards, with Black Stars head coach, James Kwesi Appiah, captain Asamoah Gyan and weightlifter Juliana Arku contesting for the most prestigious Sports Personality award.
There are also several Sports personalities shortlisted for other awards.
Below is the list of nominees
SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
James Kwesi Appiah
Juliana Arku (Weightlifter)
FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
Nomination based on the contribution of the three players to the cause of the national team and excellent performance at their respective club level.
Kwadwo Asamoah (ITALY)
Sulley Muntari (ITALY)
Asamoah Gyan (UAE)
FEMALE FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR
Jane Ayieyam (Black Maidens)
PROFESSIONAL BOXER OF THE YEAR
Patrick Allotey: World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight International Champion
CYCLISTS OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR
James Kwesi Appiah: The first Ghanaian to lead the Black Stars to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN OF THE YEAR
Ben Nunoo–Mensah (Chairman of the Ghana Weightlifting Association) – For his role in the promotion and development of weightlifting in Ghana. He led the National Weightlifting team, the Black Cranes to win 19 medals in the 2013 Africa Weightlifting Championship in Morocco.
HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Male - Elikem Akaba
Female – Elizabeth Opoku aka “Akiti” (Black Sticks)
DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
Clifford Aboagye – (Footballer) World U 20 bronze ball winner 2013
PROMISING STAR OF THE YEAR
Ebenezer Assifua – (Footballer) World U 20 golden boot winner 2013
FEMALE CLUB OF THE YEAR
NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
The Black Satellites: For winning silver at the 2013 Africa Youth Championship and Bronze and the FIFA Under-20 Tournament.
WEIGHTLIFTER OF THE YEAR
Juliana Arku: won six (6) silver medals two (2) bronze medals 63-kilo category.
BADMINTON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Abraham Ayittey - He won Gold Medal in the Men’s single event at the just ended Morocco Junior (U-18) Badminton International Championship in Casablanca, Morocco and won Gold in South Africa Badminton Championship in 2013
SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
Ophelia Swayne - Ghana’s Youth Olympic hopeful, clinched two medals at the Lagos International Swimming Classics. Won GOLD in the 50m butterfly in 29:73secs and grabbed SILVER in the 100m butterfly.
Next batch of nominees, to follow in the course of the week after further consultation.