PANJIM: Windsurfer Dayne Coelho and triathlon Samira Abraham were declared the best Geno Sports Awards 2017-18 sportsman and sportswoman of the year.
The Sports Journalists' Association of Goa (SJAG) will host the Geno Sports Awards 2017-18 presentation ceremony on December 18, at Hotel Mandovi, Panjim, at 11.30 a.m. Power Minister Nilesh Cabral will be the chief guest on the occasion.
Addressing the press Dilip Salgaocar, CMD, Geno Pharmaceuticals said that this year Geno has added another feather in the cap.
“We have covered almost all sports personalities over the years. This year we have added one more award in the existing ones and that is the best electronic media journalist award. Alfred Fernandes of HCN will be awarded the same”, he disclosed.
Alfred, Working for HCN from the start (completed 11years and 7 months), has covered Lusofonia Games, ISL and most of the sports events.
Dilip also showed interest in adding another award from next year, that is the Lifetime Achievement Award for legends in football.
Dayne Coelho, 1 19-year-old resident of Calangute, won 1st place at National Board Sailing Championship in May 2018 and at Goa International Sailing Week - Jan 2018.
Beside he finished 3rd in the RS:ONE at Singapore open Asian Championship - Feb 2018 and 8th representing India at 18th Asian Games in Indonesia – September 2018.
Samira Abraham, representing Goa, won gold at the triathlon national championship in March 2018. She also bagged a gold at the South Asian Championships in April 2018 representing India.
Besides, Badminton star Tanisha Crasto won the best emerging player award for winning 4 gold medals at the national level competition while Shihan Kashinath Nayak (sqay) bagged the best coach award for helping his students win over 1500 medals and training over 4000 students across the State.
The other recipients include:
Best team of 2017-18: Goa Sqay Martial Art team (92 gold, 55 silver and 44 bronze medal at the national championships across the cadets, sub-juniors, juniors and seniors category and 42 gold, 11 silver and 7 bronze medals across the sub-junior, junior and seniors category, at the tri-nation championship held in Nepal)
Best College in Sports (Women): Govt. College-Quepem (won inter-college Athletics and Hockey championship - two titles and runners-up in inter-college Cross-Country and Kho-Kho – two runners-up positions)
Best College in Sports (Men): Shree Damodar College-Margao (won inter-college Badminton, Judo, Handball and Baseball – four titles in all)
Best photo-journalist (sports): Arvind S Tengse