Sports Personality of the year nominees: Ronald Otile, Ivan Byekwaso, Racheal Nanyonga
Team of the year nominees: National Golf team, She Cranes, Rugby Cranes
Best organized event of the year nominees: Uganda Golf Open, CAR Tier 1B Rugby Tournament, National Woodball Open, National Pool Open, and Africa Chess 4.2 Championship

No golfer, No netball player and No bodybuilder has ever won the Nile Special Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) Sports Personality of the year Award.

Although the current holder Peace Proscovia is a netball player, it can be argued that she largely landed the accolade because of her basketball prowess.

And in 1988 when netball won the award it was the national team the She Cranes that claimed.

That has put NIC and She Cranes goal attacker Rachael Nanyonga in the spotlight alongside golfer Ronald Otile and bodybuilder Ivan Byekwaso ahead of the USPA Awards Gala on Friday at Serena Hotel.

At the 2015 world Cup in Sydney, Nanyonga was Uganda’s go-to player as the team finished an impressive eighth out of sixteen countries that was after main attacker Proscovia was marked out of the competition by opposing team.

At the World Cup, as Uganda defeated Zambia 74–38, Nanyonga made 10 points from her 14 attempts putting her shooting accuracy at 71%.

She was 24/29 (83%) in the 61–40 win over Fiji and 21/23 (91%) in the 47–49 loss to Wales, in the 50–40 loss to South Africa at the quarterfinals, the NIC players was for 22/29 (76%).

Uganda met Wales again in the placement for position seven and lost 64–41, Nanyonga was for 4/5 (80%).

Ronald Otile made heads turns at the 2015 Uganda Gold Open Tournament when he won the amateurs and professional categories, the first golfer ever to achieve that.

Otile also helped Uganda retain the East African Golf Challenge in Rwanda. He had earlier played a part to ensure Uganda win the Zone VI Golf Championship at the Par 72 Kitante Golf Course.

On the other hand bodybuilder Ivan Byekwaso achieved big on the international stage, he won the INBA World Mr Natural Universe fitness title in September 2015.

In the same year, the former Mr Uganda lifted the Natural Olympia title in November; those two international awards didn’t go unnoticed.

Legends Award

On the same night, legendary cricketer Sam Walusimbi will be the recipient of the Nile Special USPA Legend award for 2015

Walusimbi 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.

Walusimbi 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.

Past Sports Personality Recipient
1974- Polly Ouma (Football)
1983-Ruth Kyalisima (Athletics)
1987-Justin Arop (Javelin)
1988-She Cranes (Netball)
1989-Uganda Cranes (Football)
1990-Uganda Cranes (Football)
1991-Fred Muteweta (Boxing)
1992-Francis Ogola (Athletics)
1993-Rosette Musoke (Table Tennis)
1994-Julius Acon (Athletics)
1995-Railways Handball Team (Handball)
1996-Davis Kamoga (Athletics)
1997-Catherine Webombesa (Athletics)
1998-Emma Kato (Motor Rally)
1999-Charles Muhangi (Motor Rally)
2000-Dorcus Inzikuru (Athletics)
2001-Charlie Lubega (Motor Rally)
2002-Dorcus Inzikuru (Athletics)
2003-Boniface Kiprop (Athletics)
2004-Kassim Ouma (Boxing)
2005-Dorcus Inzikuru (Athletics)
2006-Boniface Kiprop (Athltics)
2007-Moses Kipsiro (Athletics)
2008-Moses Kipsiro (Athletics)
2009-Mtn Heathens (Rugby)
2010-Moses Kipsiro (Athletics)
2011-Susan Muwonge (Motor Rally)
2012-Stephen Kiprotich (Athletics)
2013-Stephen Kiprotich (Athletics)
2014-Peace Proscovia (Netball)
Note: No Awards from 1975-1982 and 1984-1986 due to the political climate in the country.

Senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering volleyball, football and badminton

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