S Kisona nominated for Athlete of the Year Award

The 21-year-old’s fighting spirit led Malaysia to successfully defend the gold medal won by Goh at 2017 KL SEA Games

NATIONAL shuttler, S Kisona (picture), has been nominated for the Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM)-100PLUS 2019 Athlete of the Year Award after winning an unexpected women’s singles gold medal at the SEA Games in the Philippines last year.

The 21-year-old’s fighting spirit led Malaysia to successfully defend the gold medal won by Goh Jin Wei at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur (KL).

The first-time nominee has been listed alongside four other strong candidates: National artistic gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, national track cyclist Mohd Azizulhasni Awang, national wushu exponent Loh Choon How and national figure skater Julian Yee.

Farah Ann won three gold medals at the 2019 SEA Games, Mohd Azizulhasni won the men’s keirin gold medal at the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Series in New Zealand, Loh won two gold medals at the 2019 SEA Games, while Yee defended the gold medal he won at the KL SEA Games during the event in the Philippines last year.

The announcement was made by SAM president Jasni Shafie during a press conference at the Akademi Badminton Malaysia (ABM) auditorium in Bukit Kiara, KL yesterday.

He also announced the nominees for the Para Athlete of the Year Award: 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championship gold medallist Bonnie Bunyau Gustin; national para archers S Suresh and Wiro Julin who have qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic Games next year; and national para shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli who won a silver medal at the 2019 SEA Games.

Jasni said the winners in these key categories will receive a cash prize of RM10,000 and trophy at the awards ceremony scheduled for Aug 12 at the ABM auditorium.

“Aside from recognising outstanding athletes who brought glory to the country in 2019, the awards will also be celebrating sportswriters with a cash prize of more than RM50,000 to be won,” he said.

There will be six media categories: Best News Report (Print), Best News Report (Electronic Media), Best Commentary (Print), Best Commentary (Electronic Media), Best Special Report and Best Sports Photograph.

The highest honour in the sportswriters category is the Siebel Award which comes with a RM7,000 cash prize and trophy. — Bernama