Voting for IWGA Athlete of the Year 2015
And the winner is… Mwai Kumwenda from Malawi. The 26-year-old netball player was elected as our IWGA Athlete of the Year 2015. She topped the poll with a huge 17,910 votes.
The Flying Disc Beach Ultimate Mixed Team from Germany was ranked second (9,168 votes). Third place went to the Russian dancesport couple, Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova (7,722 votes). A trophy will be awarded to Mwai Kumweda in cooperation with the International Netball Federation.
Mwai Kumwenda received strong support not only from the netball community but also from lots of other sports fans in Africa. “I feel so excited and honoured that so many people around the world have voted for me - I really appreciate this,” she said after receiving the good news of her success.
Ms. Kumwenda is Africa’s only netballer competing in the ANZ Championship – the world’s most prestigious netball league. Mwai Kumwenda first played netball aged 15, in her village in Malawi. She is now one of the stars of the international game. Last year she was awarded the Player of the Tournament title for the Netball World Cup Sydney 2015. She was the only player to score over 300 goals.