Australia-based netball icon Mwawi Kumwenda has scaled new lofty heights after being named 2017 Suncorp Super Netball best goal shooter (GS).
As the best GS, she also made the Super Suncorp team of the year during the Australian netball awards held at the Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old could not hide her excitement in an interview yesterday, saying: “I am so happy and I thank Netball Victoria for inviting me to play here.
“I am really grateful for the support I have received from my team-mates, management as well as technical staff, in particular coach Simone McKinnis for helping me to improve my game as I have learnt new skills.
“I look forward to an amazing 2018 season and winning the title as well,” she said.
Mwawi’s team coach McKinnis was crowned the Joyce Brown Coach of the Year after leading the Vixens to the Minor Premiership.
“In 2017, the impact of McKinnis has been profound. The team of young talent with potential quickly grew into competition heavyweights during the season, recognised for their cohesion, never-say-die attitude and selfless contribution to improvement and on court success. Across 2017, the team recorded 11 wins, one draw, two losses—a success rate just under 80 percent,” reads part of the report on Super Sunscorp Netball website supernetball.com.au.
Mwawi’s team-mates goal attacker Tegan Philip, wing attacker Liz Watson and goal defender Jo Weston also made the team of the year.
Goalkeeper Geva Mentor was named Player of the Year, after leading expansion team Sunshine Coast Lightning to the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball title. n