KAMPALA, April 27, 2016 - The much anticipated annual Nile Special USPA Awards Gala will be held at Serena Hotel on April 29 2016.
cricketer Sam Walusimbi is the recipient of the Nile Special USPA
Legend award for 2015, an award decided by the USPA top executive.
informed about the award, the excited veteran coach said he was very
honoured to be recognized by USPA as a legend and that the award means
so much to him. “I am overjoyed that someone out there recognizes and
appreciates what I did for Cricket and sports in general. It feels
really great that I am not recognized after passing on, which is the
case for most sportsmen in this country”, he said.
is one of only two Ugandans to play at a cricket world cup where he
was involved in 3 One Day Internationals (ODIs). The right-handed
batsman made his ODI debut against Newzealand at Edgbaston on 7th June
1975 while his last was against England at the same venue on 14th June
1975. He played in the 1986 and 1990 editions of
the ICC Trophy and led Wanderers Cricket Club to league success in 1993
at the age of 45, among so many other achievements.
of golfer Ronald Otile, bodybuilder Ivan Byekwaso and netballer Rachael
Nanyonga who made three-man shortlist for the main award will be
crowned the 2015 Nile Special-USPA Sportsman of the Year at the function
six athletes who have dominated in different disciplines over the years
will be returning to the awards podium for the second time in two
Others are making a hat-trick of appearances at the prestigious 45 year old high profile event that started in 1970.
the ‘returnees’, is Arthur Blick who has been a regular figure at the
gala, having won the national motocross championship a record ten times.
Having won in motocross several times, he returns with Unisan Bakunda
as the Nile Special USPA Rally Crew of 2015.
Darts player Dinah Amoding, rugby player Michael Wokoach, volley baller
George Aporu, female golfer Flavia Namakula, badminton player Edwin
Ekiring and Squash player Michael Kawooya are making hat-trick of
appearances on the gala podium.
Juma Kaggwa, motocross rider Maxime Van Pee, basket baller Kami Kabange,
wood baller Joan Mukova, tennis player Duncan Mugabe and body builder
Ivan Byekwaso are returning to the awards for the second consecutive
time in three years.
Footballers of the year
Denis Onyango and Sandra Nabweteme, golfer Ronald Otile, netballer
Rachael Nanyonga and Karatakers Ronald Mwanje and Lindah Ochen are some
of the athletes making their debut on the awards list with a bright
chance of making it back next year in their respective sports.