Richie Commey grateful to SWAG for big honour

Richard Oblitey Commey is expressing profound gratitude to the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) for electing him as recipient of the 2014 Ghanaian professional boxer of the year.

Commey won the Commonwealth Lightweight belt in July following a decision over Gary Buckland in London before ending the year with another victory over France Super featherweight champion, Samir in Denmark early December.

The world title chasing undefeated boxer believes the nomination by the creme de la creme of this country’s sports journalists is another motivation for him to on and realise the childhood dream of becoming a world beating boxer.

“I would just like to send you my deepest gratitude for voting Richard Commey as the SWAG 2014 Professional Boxer of the year,” said Michael Amoo-Bediako, Commey’s UK based manager.

“In the face of great competition Richard is very humbled to receive this award and has asked me to send you his thanks for recognising his efforts last year and that he will continue to strive to his goal of becoming a world champion, not for just himself but for Ghana also,” Mr. Amoo-Bediako continued.

He added: “I would be grateful if you could pass this message on to all of the journalist and voters who helped Richard win the award.”

Full list of SWAG 2014 Awards nominees

2014 SWAG AWARDS NOMINEES
Footballer of The Year

  1. Asamoah Gyan
  2. Andre Dede Ayew
  3. Harrison Afful

Premiership Player of the Year

  1. Abeiku Ainooson
  2. Kwabena Edusei
  3. Augustine Okrah

Discovery of the Year

Martha Bissah – For winning Gold medal at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Beijing, China.

Promising Star of the Year

Sharon Akwei (Para Tae-kwondo) – For winning bronze medal at the World Para-Taekwondo Championship in Russia.

*Female Footballer of the Year

Jennifer Cudjoe – The most outstanding female footballer in the year.

Amateur Boxer Of the Year

Umar Abdul Walid – For winning bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Professional Boxer of the Year

Richard Commey – For winning Commonwealth Lightweight Title in 2014

Judoka Of the Year

Razak Abugri  –  For winning bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Tae-Kwondo Player of the Year

Sharon Akwei – For winning bronze medal at the World Para-Taekwondo Championship in Russia.

Hockey Player of the Year

Elizabeth Opoku  – The most outstanding hockey player on both local and international scene.

Athlete of the Year

Martha Bissah – For winning Gold medal at the 2014 Youth Olympics.

Coach of the Year

Isaac Nii Odartey Lamptey (Coach of Martha Bissah- Africa Youth Championship bronze medal and Gold medal at 2014 Youth Olympics)

Club of the Year

Kumasi Asante Kotoko – For winning League and FA Cup competitions.

Dedication & Valour

Ali Jaarah: (Commitment to the development of amputee football and football in General)

Referee of the Year

J.O. Lamptey (Football) – the most consistent Ghanaian referee on the international scene.

SPECIAL AWARDS
(a) Edmund Zankoh        –  Contribution to the development of hockey in Ghana.

(b) Anthony Baffoe       –  Contribution to the development of football in Ghana

(c) Magnus Rex Danquah – Contribution to the development of sports in Ghana

(d)  Akolya Pattel – (Cricket) – Contribution to the development of cricket in Ghana

Corporate Awards

(a) McDan Ghana Limited   – Contribution to the development of Tennis in Ghana

(b) uniBank Ghana Limited – Contribution to the development of football in Ghana.

(c) Dwadifo Adanfo  – Contribution to the development of hockey in Ghana.