Mwawi to be named IWGA athlete of the year

Mwawi Kumwenda

The 26 year-old Malawi National Netball team shooter, Mwai Kumwenda, has made another history by becoming the first Malawian and African to win the 2015 International World Games Association (IWGA) athlete of the year award.

Mwawi Kumwenda
Kumwenda: on course for award

According to statistics posted on IWGA website, Mwai Kumwenda has a massive 15 thousand plus votes with Dmitry Zharkov from Russia coming second with less than 6 thousand votes.
The voting session ends on today and it is very unlikely that the Malawian netballer will be leapfrogged.

Once the voting session closes, IWGA will crown her as the winner and she will be given a trophy in cooperation with the association she is coming from.

Mwai made headlines at the 2015 netball world cup in Australia where she had a shot success rate of 91 percent and netted 321 goals in eight games.

Kumwenda was eventually named player of the tournament.

She is the only African candidate competing against 17 other athletes from other continents.

Once she is officially announced as the winner, the former Escom Sisters player will become the first African to win such a big award.

Currently, she plays for Mainland Tactix of New Zealand.



  1. Congratulations Mwawi…we need more Malawian women of your calibre. Keep it up and God bless you more so that you can bless other Malawians there at home…

  2. bravo mwai for making Africa, Malawi in particular, a home of successful people

  3. We are very proud of u Mwayi. Bravo Malawi!! Bravo Africa!!

  4. It’s Mwai and Malawi! Bravo Mwai! Uli apo? Congratulations!

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