The Fiji Sports Awards first started in 2011 and was introduced by a partnership that involved the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee, Fiji Sports Council and the Fiji National Sports Commission.
The awards are to recognised the contribution of athletes, administrators, journalists and photographers to sports in Fiji.
Swimmer Matelita Buadromo, Judoka Tevita Takayawa, weightlifters like Maria Liku, Manueli Tulo and athletics Banuve Tabakaucoro and powerlifter Sainimili Turner are some names that have won awards.
Teams like the Fiji Netball Pearls, Fiji Football and Fiji Hockey have also won awards for their achievements in sports in Fiji.
11 category awards are for grabs and these include Coach of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Technical Official of the Year, Sports Photograph of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Sports Team of the Year, Young Sports Man and Woman as well as Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year.
2016 Winners of the Awards:
Fiji Tattslotto Fiji Sportswoman of the Year;
An individual female athlete whose performance and achievement is ranked the highest by their sport at either local or international level throughout 2016.
Winner: Mere Rodan (Table Tennis)
Fiji Tattslotto Fiji Sportsman of the Year
An individual male athlete whose performance and achievement is ranked the highest by their sport at either local or international level throughout 2016.
Winner: Osea Kolinisau (Rugby)
Fortech 2016 Young Female Athlete of the Year
An individual female athlete, aged 16 years or younger as at 31st December 2015, who has achieved outstanding results in 2016.
Winner: Sally Yee (Table Tennis)
Powerade 2016 Young Male Athlete of the Year
An individual male athlete, aged 16 years or younger as at 31st December 2015, who has achieved outstanding results in 2016.
Winner: Sitiveni Timi (Weightlifting)
Metframe 2016 Sports Organisation of the Year
The sporting federation who has conducted their affairs in a fair and transparent manner for the benefit of their membership. The federation should have a proven record of consistent participation from club to international level and demonstrated sustainable development programmes for their athletes at all levels.
Winner: Weightlifting Fiji
SportsWorld's 2016 Sports Team of the Year
A sports team who has recorded outstanding performances either locally or internationally in 2016.
Winner: Team Fiji Rugby Men's Sevens team
OSEP Hanisi Visanti 2016 Administrator of the Year
The individual who has a proven record of administrative strengths that has advanced the goals of their sport during 2016.
Winner: Sikeli Tuinamuana (Weightlifting)
Paradise Beverages Technical Official of the Year
An individual who has been an active Technical Official during 2016 having carried out officiating duties at competitions organized by their sport either locally or internationally showing evidence of the ability to interpret and execute rules in a manner that has benefitted their sport.
Winner: Naca Cawanibuka (Rugby)
Fiji Water Volunteer of the Year
To acknowledge an individual’s outstanding voluntary work in the service of sports.
Winner: Mereia Belo (Volleyball)
ANZ Coach of the Year
An individual who has had made a significant impact on the development and performance of athlete(s) having progressed them throughout the year with their achievements.
Winner: Ben Ryan (Rugby)
Tappoo Sports Photograph of the Year
Still Photograph only – for most outstanding sports photograph either published or unpublished.
Winner: Adi Nacola (Weightlifting)
Pics: 2016 Sportsman of the Year and Guest Speaker Osea Kolinisau and partner Mere Fa