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$10,000 USD Prize To Be Awarded to World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award winner

World Sailing and 11th Hour Racing are pleased to announce that a prize of $10,000 USD will be awarded to each winner of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award over the next three years to fund their sustainability work.

The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award celebrates the effective execution or ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly replicable sustainability initiatives, aligned to the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030.

Photo © Jesús Renedo/Sailing Energy/ World Sailing

Click here to submit an entry for an individual or organisation who you believe should be awarded the inaugural World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award.

National Federations, sailing clubs, event organising committees, individual sailors or any other sailing related organisations that have implemented and delivered a successful sustainability initiative after November 2017 are invited to apply.

Individuals or organisations can be nominated by its own members and employees, or by another individual or organisation. The project should align with World Sailing’s objectives, demonstrate meaningful impact, be innovative and be replicable in other sailing organisations.

The deadline for applications is Monday 8 October 2018.

Dan Reading, World Sailing Sustainability Programme Manager, said, “The World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award will enable both parties to learn about further worldwide initiatives and organisations who are contributing to ensure a sustainable future for our sport.

“We will use the process to amplify and learn from successful, replicable projects to progress World Sailing’s sustainability strategy for the sport – Sustainability Agenda 2030.

“11th Hour Racing were a crucial partner in us delivering the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships where several sustainable initiatives ensured it was a plastic-free event that inspired the next generation of sailors to having sustainability at the forefront of their mind. We are thrilled to be partnering with them again as they have supported sustainability projects at all levels in sailing and it will be valuable to have their input once again.”

Todd McGuire, 11th Hour Racing Program Director, commented, “We are honoured to be partnering with World Sailing on this new award which recognises, promotes and incentivizes sustainability across the sport and beyond.

“We are aware of some of the sustainability initiatives happening within the sport of sailing, but we are excited to review the submissions to the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, so we can learn about the other great work being done by sailors across the globe to restore the health of our ocean.”

The judging panel will consist of World Sailing’s Sustainability Commission, World Sailing’s Sustainability Programme Manager, a representative from World Sailing’s Board and a representative from 11th Hour Racing.

The recipient of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award will be invited and hosted at the 2018 World Sailing Awards, set to be held on Tuesday 30 October 2018 in Sarasota, Florida, USA, where they will be presented with an iconic perpetual trophy made from recycled carbon fibre and bioresin.

2016 Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards
photo credit: world sailing

The World Sailing Awards celebrate outstanding achievement and exceptional contributions to the sport of sailing. The highlight of the annual Awards night is the presentation of the ultimate recognition of excellence – the Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award.

The Awards night is the social highlight of the World Sailing Annual Conference and 2018 is
set to be a ground breaking edition with the introduction of the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award, the Team of the Year and the Boat of the Year.

Alongside Rolex World Sailor of the Year and the new Awards, the Beppe Croce Trophy, President Development Award and eSailing World Championship Trophy will be presented.



Today at the ICC Annual Conference, five Members have been celebrated for their contribution to the growth of cricket through the ICC Development Awards 2017; with the Emirates Cricket Board taking the top prize.

The Emirates Cricket Board has been awarded the Gray-Nicolls Best Overall Cricket Development Programme for its widespread success in 2017. From the men’s national team success in retaining One Day International status, to the women’s team qualifying for the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier. Other areas of development include nine new Academy startups in the past 12 months, as well as 200 new Emirati cricketers experiencing cricket.

The Best Women’s Cricket Initiative has been won by the Rwanda Cricket Association, after Rwandan cricketer Cathia Uwamahoro, 22, achieved Guinness Book of Record success after batting continuously for 26 hours. She undertook the challenge and raised $13,200 for the construction of the first ever international cricket stadium in Gahanga. Her story inspired women and girls across Rwanda to challenge stereotypes and participate in cricket.

The African Member was also awarded the Spirit of Cricket Award to help over 240 orphans at the Ntarama genocide memorial site in Bugesera district. In partnership with several local companies, the Rwanda Cricket Association collected a number of items including clothes, household items and bicycles that were given to the 60 homes of victims of the 1994 Genocide. In addition, they were introduced to the game of cricket.

Mexico’s Craig White has been awarded Volunteer of the Year for his dedication to the sport. He has raised the profile among key bodies in Mexico, orchestrated the rewriting of the constitution to enable Mexico to successfully seek sponsorship and has opened doors for the Mexico Cricket Association.

The Lifetime Service Award has gone to Brian Fell of the Deutscher Cricket Bund. Brian Fell retired from his position as President of the Deutscher Cricket Bund in November 2017, after 23 years. During this time he has overseen a huge growth in cricket clubs in Germany from 16 to 140, and the teams have risen from 16 to over 300.

Image of the Year

The Image of the Year has been awarded to the Vanuatu Cricket Association. The image portrays that cricket can be enjoyed anywhere and emphasizes that cricket is fun for everyone.

ICC General Manager – Development, William Glenwright believes it is important to celebrate the work of Members across the world. “There are many examples from across the world of the important and impressive work the Members are doing to grow cricket. The ICC Development Awards are a fantastic way to celebrate what they are achieving in the presence of the entire membership, and how the sport is reaching more participants. This year we have Members who are being awarded for the first time and this highlights the increasing number of countries that are producing some excellent development outcomes.”

Gray-Nicolls will award the Emirates Cricket Board the equivalent of 3500GBP of cricket equipment for being named as the Gray-Nicolls Best Overall Cricket Development Programme.


The International Cricket Council (ICC) today congratulated Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Anti Corruption, and ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Managing Director Steve Elworthy, after it was announced they have both been recognized in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Marshall, former Chief Executive of the College of Policing has been made a CBE for services to policing, whilst Elworthy has been awarded an MBE for his services to cricket.

Marshall began his career as a police officer in 1980. He was appointed Chief Constable of Hampshire in 2008, and was selected to head the new College of Policing when it was created in 2012. He holds a Masters Degree in Criminology from the University of Cambridge and also attended the Royal College of Defence Studies.

Commenting on his appointment he said: “I am incredibly proud to have served for all my adult life, with the officers and staff who work so hard to keep us safe 24 hours a day. I will always support these brave people doing such a difficult job. Every achievement I’ve enjoyed, depended on the hard work of others. I am forever grateful.”

​Elworthy, 53, ​has previously been Tournament Director for four different ICC global events held in England and Wales, and one in South Africa -​ the ICC Champions Trophy in both 2017 and 2013, The ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and the ICC World T20 tournament in 2009.

​He was also tournament director for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 tournament held in 2007 in South Africa, for whom he made four Test and 39 ODI appearance​s. During his playing career, the former fast bowler helped South Africa win the 1998 Commonwealth Gold and reach the semi-final of the 1999 Cricket World Cup.

Elworthy said: “I am extremely honoured to be receiving an MBE and highly appreciative to those that put my name forward as this is not something that you ever consider a possibility​. I have had many years of being involved in cricket and ​that has given me tremendous enjoyment.

“I have been very fortunate to work with brilliant teams over my years in cricket – from playing to administration – and I am extremely grateful for everyone who has supported along the way.”

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “On behalf of everyone at the ICC I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to both Alex and Steve on the honours they have been awarded. It is wonderful to see them both recognized for their commitment to their careers and the impact each of them has had.”

League Bloggers Awards Announces Nominees For April NPFL Awards

Four players and four head coaches have been shortlisted for the April player and manager awards respectively in the Nigeria Professional Football League by the League Bloggers Awards (LBA).

The four to vie for the player’s award are Lobi Stars goalkeeper Olufemi Kayode, Junior Lokosa of Kano Pillars, Emeka Ogbugh of Rivers United and Kwara United’s Stephen Alfred.

Rivers United Technical Manager Stanley Eguma

Stanley Eguma of Rivers United, Hamza Abara of Niger Tornadoes, Gbenga Ogunbote of Enugu Rangers and Solomon Ogbeide of Lobi Stars are in the running for the manager’s prize.

Kayode was influential to Lobi’s performance in April with two clean sheets in four matches as well as eye-catching performances at Abia Warriors and Sunshine Stars where the NPFL leaders secured a point
each. The Lobi stopper also saved a Sikiru Alimi penalty at Sunshine Stars to help his side avoid defeat in Akure on Matchday 19.

The league’s leading scorer Lokosa scored four times in April – two against FC Ifeanyiubah and two against Heartland. Both matches were at home.

Emeka Ogbugh

Rivers United striker Ogbugh netted thrice in April. He scored a goal each against Heartland, Katsina United and Nasarawa United while Alfred also helped himself to three goals for Kwara United in April. He scored in the games against Sunshine Stars, Enyimba and Go Round.

Abara and Eguma led Tornadoes and Rivers United respectively to earn 10 points in the month under review. The former achieved the 10-point haul with four games, two less than than his Rivers United counterpart. Abara’s team were also unbeaten in April.

Lobi under Ogbeide’s charge took eight points from the four games they played — winning two and drawing two to finish undefeated.

Ogunbote guided seven-time NPFL champions to two wins, three draws and a defeat to bring their points total for April to nine.

The winners for the April awards will be announced next week.

Kano Pillars Forward Junior Lokosa.
photo credit: Kano Pillars Media



Olufemi Kayode (Lobi Stars)
Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars)
Emeka Ogbugh (Rivers United)
Stephen Alfred (Kwara United)

Stanley Eguma (Rivers United)
Hamza Abara (Niger Tornadoes)
Gbenga Ogunbote (Enugu Rangers)
Solomon Ogbeide (Lobi Stars)

Chairman Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club… Rev Ikpea Receives National Leadership Award

The National Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters’ club, Rev. Samuel Ikpea has been honoured with a national leadership award by the Society for Advancement of Credible Leadership ( SOACREL).

Presenting the award to Ikpea at the NFSC headquarters in Lagos, the Director- General of the Abuja based organisation, Ambassador Johnny Ben, described Ikpea as a distinguished Nigerian who has also contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria through sports.

” Your role as the national chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters’ club and your philanthropic activities, as well as your exemplary leadership qualities has endeared you to millions of Nigerian across the world” he stated.

An obviously elated Ikpea thanked God for the award, while also describing it as a pleasant.

Rev. Samuel Ikpea President Nigeria Football Supporters Club

” I am indeed grateful to God for making this possible. This is also a pleasant surprise because I wasn’t expecting it. I say thank you to the organisers of this award for recognising my humble contributions.

“And without a doubt, it would spur me into working harder for the benefit of Nigeria and humanity, ” he added.

Akeem Busari

Lokosa, Itoya and Ohawume Chase Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 19 VAT Wonder Goal Award

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leading scorer is one of three players whose goals have been shortlisted for the NPFL Match Day 19 VAT Wonder Goal Award.

Lokosa scored a brace in Kano Pillars defeat of troubled Heartland FC of Owerri as the season reached the halfway mark on Sunday, April 29.

Other nominees include Rangers International’s Kelvin Itoya and Malachy Ohawume of Rivers United.

The first of Lokosa’s goals shortlisted by the panelists was a practice session model. It was initiated by a short dribble run from the left flank as the winger located his team mate at the center of the 18 yard edge, got a return pass before squaring a short pass to Lokosa who tapped in with the goalkeeper displaced by the passes that swung from left to center and back.

Itoya, in the match against Wikki Tourists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, ‘the Cathedral’ executed another practice session masterpiece. He scored from a free kick right at the edge of the 18 yard, evading the defensive wall to place the ball firmly at the far right side of the goalkeeper, leaving the keeper rooted to a spot.

Ohawume is aiming to join his team mates, Emeka Ogbugh and Sochima Elum in the VAT Wonder Goal honours list and his effort in Umuahia against Abia Warriors has earned him a nomination. Sandwiched between two defenders, Ohawume fended off their strong challenge to lob the ball over the goalkeeper.

Kano Pillars Forward Junior Lokosa.
photo credit: Kano Pillars Media

Video clips of the three goals have been uploaded on the NPFL website, and twitter handle, @lmcnpfl for voting which opens on Tuesday, May 8 and ends at midnight of Thursday, May 10.
Emeka Ogbugh of Rivers United, Sikiru Alimi of Sunshine Stars, Sochima Elum and MFM’s Sikiru Olatunbosun are the four previous winners of the N150,000 prize money so far this season.

The VAT Wonder Goal Award is an initiative of the League Management Company (LMC) supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) to deepen club and community engagement through support for charity and also providing a platform for the promoting the benefits of tax payment through the FIRS tax education campaign.

Anthony Joshua Receives Prestigious Future Awards As He Celebrates His African Heritage

World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua was recently presented with the prestigious Future Awards Africa in London, after his unification battle for the Heavyweight title, against Joseph Parker. The award was earlier collected on his behalf by Dr Rafiu Ladipo, the President of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control and Khomeini Bukhari, of Peel Aston Global at a gala ceremony in December 2017.

Joshua received the award Immediately after his recent world heavy weight unification win, the presentation was done by Ben Gray the Nigerian Boxing Board of Controls Marketing Manager in the UK and Sky Sports boxing pundit, Spencer Fearon.

Speaking after receiving the award the newly unified heavyweight champion said “ I am humbled to receive this coveted award, especially with the knowledge that it was as a result of the votes i received for by the general public”.

Beaming with joy as he picked up the award AJ as he is fondly called said: “I am deeply honoured to have been recognised by Nigeria in this way”.

Anthony Joshua was also extremely pleased to have been given a portrait by Khomeini Bukhari the same evening, Khomeini Bukhari is the man who has brought a host of high level V.I.P’s which includes Governors, Ministers and billionaires to Anthony’s fights.

The portrait, drawn by young artist Stephen Korede, and was commissioned by Bukhari and his team showing Joshua sitting in the guise of a traditional Yoruba King, displaying his four world Heavyweight Champion’s belts.

World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua with his award flanked by Sky Sports boxing pundit, Spencer Fearon (L) and the Nigerian Boxing Board of Controls Marketing Manager in the UK Ben Gray (R).

Also speaking during the presentation Bukhari said “ I commissioned the picture ahead of the unification clash, as I was so confident that Joshua would win, I asked the artist to make sure all the belts were pictured, Anthony was very pleased with the result!”

The Nigerian based businessman also added that he is determined that Nigeria should work hard to deliver its own champions, under the fantastic leadership of President Ladipo and he is working hard to help the likes of Larry Ekundayo and Lawrence Okolie deliver on their immense talents.

He added, “We are working on something very big, I have already delivered a signed glove to His Excellency, Asiwaju Tinubu and we will be reaching out in the near future, to Nigeria’s leading businessmen, to deliver something quite magnificent for the country and the continent as a whole”.