Netball player Kumwenda wins IWGA ‘Athlete of the Year’ Award

Karachi: Malawi netballer Mwai Kumwenda has been crowned ‘Athlete of the Year’ by the International World Games Association (IWGA).

Kumwenda was one of 18 international athletes nominated for the IWGA award, from a cross-section of sports. She was crowned as the clear winner by an online poll.

Kumwenda, who plays professionally for Mainland Tactix in New Zealand, was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ at the Netball World Cup Sydney 2015. Her win was backed by impressive statistics – 91% shots on target. With 321 goals in eight games, she was the only player to score over 300 goals.

The 26 year-old shooter was delighted with the win. I feel so excited and honoured that so many people around the world have voted for me – I really appreciate it, she said.

Kumwenda was nominated for the Award by the International Netball Federation. Clare Briegal, CEO, said: This is great recognition for a superb role model in netball. As well as being a world class athlete, Mwai embodies women’s empowerment, and is a fantastic inspiration to so many people all around the world.

The IWGA is an organisation recognised by the International Olympic Committee. Its principal aim is to develop the popularity of the sports governed by its 37 Member Federations, which includes the International Netball Federation, to improve their prominence through excellent sporting achievements, and to conserve all the traditional values of sport through The World Games, which take place every four years. The 10th World Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, from July 20-30, 2017.