Malawi’s only netball export Mwawi Kumwenda was on Friday named the Innovative Sports Personality of the Year.
The award was presented by Minister of Sports ad Culture Grace Chiumia at Innovations Awards Gala held at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre.
She recieved a trophy, K500 000 and a paid for one month trips to Egypt and China.
The Queens and Tactix shooter beat South Africa-based boxer Isaac Chilemba who was also nominated for the award.
Elated Mwawi said the award came as a surprise.
“I never expected to be voted the Best Innovative Sports Personality of the Year,” said Kumwenda.
“It has come as a surprise because I didn’t know the person I was competing against.”
The former Escom Sisters player said the award has motivated her to work harder.
“The recognition has given me strength to continue working hard so that I win more of such awards.
“I dedicate the award to my family, friends and my fans,” she said.
Kumwenda’s professional career took off in 2012 after an impressive performance at the 2012 Fast5 Netball Championship in Auckland, New Zealand.
In 2013 she became the first African netball player to sign for Tactix.
In 2014, she was named Best New Talent for ANZ Championship.
Kumwenda was recently named Player of the Tournament at 2015 Netball World Cup. nv