RENGIIL, KUMANGAI NAMED PNOC ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Rengiil was named as PNOC’s female athlete of the year for her performance in tennis not only in Palau but by also representing her country to regional and international competitions.

 Aside from being PNOC’s female athlete of the year, Rengiil was also named as tennis female athlete of the year.

 On the other hand, Olai Kumangai was named PNOC’s male athlete of the year for donning the color of Palau in triathlon during the Micronesian Games in which Palau hosted. He also excelled in other sporting discipline such as canoe, swimming and triathlon.

 Kumangai was also named as Belau Triathlon Federation’s male athlete of the year.

 Aside from Chilton and Patris, other PNOC awardees were Katsuo Fuji (volunteer of the year), Sen. Mlib Tmetuchl (coach of the year), Vangeline Stephanus (technical official of the year), Koror State Government (sponsor of the year), Shimbros International (corporate sponsor of the year) and Alonz Moses (special recognition).

 Aside from the PNOC, other sports federation also named their respective awardees. As follows are the names of the awardees of the different sports federations: Athletics – Rodman Teltull (male athlete of the year), Rubie Joy Gabriel (female athlete of the year), Kaya Solomon (volunteer of the year), Carson Olkeriil (coach of the year), Russell Roman (technical official of the year); Baseball – Kalson Dulei (male athlete of the year), Cleofas Talblok Iyar (volunteer of the year), Sen. Mlib Tmetuchl (coach of the year), Atley Kazuma (technical official of the year), PDC Group of Companies (sponsor of the year), Blue Bay Petroleum (corporate sponsor of the year), Palau Shipping Company (special recognition); Basektball – Perry Oiterong (male athlete of the year), Sesengel Ketebengang (female athlete of the year), Jacques Stills (volunteer of the year), Logan Ngiriou (coach of the year), Nicole Dilngerii Maech (junior referee and table official of the year), Koror State Government, Rudimch Enterprises and Surangel and Sons (sponsors of the year), Island Petroleum and Energy Palau Inc. (corporate sponsor of the year), Peter Erick L. Magbanua (photographer of the year); Canoe – Herman Malsol (male athlete of the year), Marina Toribiong (female athlete of the year), Joseph Lee Mad and Jimmy Kintaro (volunteers of the year), Debbie Toribiong (coach of the year), Stanley Magholyolor (technical official of the year), NECO Group of Companies (sponsor of the year), Riptide Bar and Grill (Corporate sponsor of the year), Koror State Rangers (special recognition); Football – Kedul Anreas (male athlete of the year), Ailan Flowers (female athlete of the year), Mikio Inoue (volunteer of the year), destin Penland (coach of the year), NECO Plaza Corporation (sponsor of the year), Pasquana Flowers (photographer of the year); Softball – Dekei Ngiramengior (male athlete of the year), Ann Martin (female athlete of the year), Ongiall 16 States Association and Rayna Arurang (volunteers of the year), Wiseman Kumaichi and Ricky Mechol (coaches of the year), Tobias Marbou (technical official of the year), Sarah’s Yum-Yum (sponsor of the year), Shimbros International (corporate sponsor of the year), Peter Erick L. Magbanua (photographer of the year); Swimming – Liam Bornovski (male athlete of the year), Osisang Chilton (female athlete of the year), Katsuo Fuji (volunteer of the year), Pasquana Flowers (coach of the year), Kate Salii (technical official of the year ), Koror State Government (sponsor of the year), Fish N’ Fins and Surangel and Sons (corporate sponsor of the year), Mayumi Fuji (photographer of the year), Japan Embassy (special recognition); Table Tennis – Dillon Meriang (male athlete of the year), Portiana Franz (female athlete of the year), Samuel Sanders (volunteer of the year), Ramon Gulla (coach of the year), Burton Wenty (technical official of the year), Franco Company (sponsor of the year), NECO Tabecheding Water (corporate sponsor of the year); Tennis – Spis Senior (male athlete of the year), Ayana Rengiil (female athlete of the year), Ernestine Rengiil (coach of the year); Triathlon – Olai Kumangai (male athlete of the year), Marica Otto (female athlete of the year), Grace Kishigawa (volunteer of the year), Scott Walsh (coach of the year), Athena Wally (technical official of the year), Palau Pacific Resort (sponsor of the year), Island Petroleum and Energy Palau Inc. (corporate sponsor of the year), Peter Erick L. Magbanua (photographer of the year), Koror State Government and Bureau of Public Safety (special recognition); Volleyball – Singeo Franz (male athlete of the year), Holly Yamada (female athlete of the year), Uchel Rdang (volunteer of the year), Nick Ngirailild (coach of the year), Vangeline Stephanus (technical official of the year), Shimbros International Inc. (sponsor of the year), NECO Drop Off (corporate sponsor of the year); Weightlifting – Mavrick Faustino (male athlete of the year), Rea Joy Lumawan (volunteer of the year), Palau Mission Aviation (corporate sponsor of the year); Wrestling – Rengeeil Ueki (male athlete of the year), Samantha Rechelluul (female athlete of the year), Blesam Tarkong (volunteer of the year), Young Ho Ko (coach of the year), Hanpa Company (sponsor of the year), and WCTC (corporate sponsor of the year).

 PNOC president Frank Kyota, PNOC secretary general Bakla Temengil, Senator Regis Akitaya together with the presidents and vice presidents of the different sports federations gave out the awards. President Johnson Toribiong and Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) secretary general Ricardo Blas were the guests of honor for the event.

 The awards night was in recognition to athletes, coaches, volunteers, associations and corporate sponsors who have given their talent and time in promoting sports. It is also giving recognition to athletes who have excelled in their respective events.




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