Kirabo Namutebi and Atuhaire Ambala clinched the accolades for the best female and male swimmers of 2019 respectively.
Both were recognized at the annual Uganda Swimming Federation Excellence awards that took place on Saturday evening at Gems Cambridge International School, Butabika.
In attendance was the State Minister for Sports Hamsson Obua, National Council of Sports General secretary Dr. Bernard Patrick Ogwel, Assistant General secretary David Katende, Uganda Olympic Committee president William Blick.
Other VIP guests who honored invitations were presidents of different sports federations like Moses Muhangi (UBF), Eng. Mwaka Emmanuel (Chess), Hadija Namanda (Volleyball), Jjagwe Robert (Table Tennis), Muwonge Mahabba (Cycling), Basketball’s Nasser Serunjogi among others
Kirabo’s victory came as a result of having an impressive 2019 where she won two gold medals (50m freestyle and breaststroke) at the Africa Juniors.
She beat competition from Advice Meya and Selina Katumba.
Also, Ambala who trains in Thailand and failed to appear on the event won the best Male swimmer of last year beating competition from Adnan Kabuye and Tendo Mukalazi.
Also, para swimmer Husna Kukundakwe was the most inspirational swimmer of the year while Muwanguzi Muzafar and Cari Karugire won best male and female coaches respectively.
Complete List of Winners
Male swimmer of the year – Atuhaire Ambala
Female swimmer of the year – Kirabo Namutebi
Most inspirational swimmer of the year – Kunkundakwe Husinah
Male Coach of the year – Muwanguzi Muzafar
Female coach of the year – Cari Karugire
Female Open water swimmer of the year – Ahura Ambala
Male Open water swimmer of the year – Adnan Kabuye
Waterpolo team of the year – Altona
Primary school of the year – Greenhill Academy
Secondary school of the year – Greenhill Academy
Best club of the year – Dolphins swim club
Female master swimmer of the Aya Nakitanda
Male master swimmer of the year – Gilbert Kaburu