NEW ERA | Monday, October 30 2017 Controversy as Joshua retains world titles Page 22 wins as Unam beat Civics Page 23 SPORT Otniel Hembapu scoops Golden Pen award One for the team... New Era newspaper sports journalist Otniel Hembapu scooped the prestigious Golden Pen award at the MTC/ NSC Namibia Sport Awards held in the capital on Friday. Hembapu was awarded as Namibia’s Sport Journalist of the Year for 2017 during a glittering awards ceremony at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino. A protégé of the sports writing doyen himself Carlos Kambaekwa, Hembapu has written some outstanding investigative articles and his work equally demonstrated great maturity in terms of informing and educating the nation about the many successes government has achieved in uplifting and empowering the masses through various sports for development programmes, while also positively highlighting the challenges. In the picture, Hembapu (right) is seen here sharing a light moment on stage with Namibia Press Agency Isack Hamata after receiving his Golden Pen award. Photo: Emmency Nuukala ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo tops MTC/NSC Sports Awards Making waves... Para-athlete Johannes Nambala scooped the Sportsman of the Year with Disability. Otniel Hembapu Windhoek Namibia’s former triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo walked away with the prestigious Sportsman of the Year and Sports Star of the Year accolades at the annual MTC/Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Sports Awards held in the capital on Friday night, making him the biggest winner on the night. Indongo dominated local and international headlines this year when he dethroned Russia’s Edward Troyanovsky to capture both the IBF and IBO world super lightweight titles, and that success was soon followed by another splendid performance, which Big winner... Namibia’s former triple world champion was the biggest winner at Friday’s MTC/NSC Sport Awards when he took home both the Sportsman of the Year and Sports Star of the Year accolades. He is seen here with MTC’s Tim Ekandjo and Daisry Mathias, who is the special advisor to President Hage Geingob on youth matters and enterprise development. saw the lanky Namibian outpointing Scotsman Ricky Burns to add the coveted WBA world super lightweight title to his trophy cabinet. With that achievement, Indongo be- champion as he simultaneously held the WBA, IBF and IBO world titles at the same time – no other local boxer has achieved that. Unfortunately, Indongo lost all his belts to American boxing sensation Terence Crawford the USA, which saw Crawford putting his WBO and WBC titles on the line. With Friday’s awards, Indongo took home N$300,000 in total after receiv- in prize monies for the Sportsman of the Year award and a whopping N0,000 and a trophy for the Sports Star of the Year accolade. Namibia’s veteran marathon runner Helalia Jo- year’s Cape Town marathon, amongst other competitions, scooped the Sportswoman of the Year award and Para-athlete Johannes Nambala was honoured with the Sportsman of the Year with Disability and Lahja Ishitile as Sportswoman of the Year with Disability and each pocketed the Junior Sportsman of the Year with Disability award and Olivia Iyambo the Junior Sportswoman of the Year with Disability award and both walked away N$30,000 each. Charlize van Zyl was named the Junior Sportswoman of the Year and Delano Muller the Junior Sportsman of the Year and each got N,000. Brave Gladiators former mentor Jacky Shipanga was awarded the NSC Chairman’s Excellence award and N$30,000 in prize money. Jackson Pavaza received the Umpire/Referee of the Year accolade and prize money worth N$30,000, while Namibia’s renowned boxing promoter-cum-trainer Nestor Tobias took home the Coach of the Year award, also walking away with N$30,000. New Era newspaper’s Top accolade... Veteran marathoner Helalia Johannes walked away with the Sportswoman of the Year award. Photos: Emmency Nuukala Otniel Hembapu scooped the Sports Journalist of the Year award. Netball Namibia received the Best Development Programme of the Year Under-20 rugby team walked away with the Team of the Year award and This year’s awards marked the which honours and rewards the country’s past and present sports heroes. theme ‘Celebrating our sports heroes of yesterday and today’ and were sponsored by MTC, Nampower, Tafel Lager and the Namibia Broadcasting newspaper and Radio Energy were the awards’ media partners.