Adding to his impressive list of accolades thus far, Ponsiano Lwakataka has been feted among the outstanding athletes of the month at the Fortebet Real Stars Awards.
Lwakataka was among up to six winners from different sports disciplines including athletics, rugby, football, volleyball and pool that were recognised for their exceptional achievements in March.
The two-time national rally champion, extended his lead at the top of the 2022 National Rally standings with victory at the EMC Kaliro Sugar Rally.
The Mafu-Mafu racing team driver prevailed in a pulsating battle with Hassan Alwi which eventually saw him snatch victory by only 2.5 seconds. He followed that with a strong second place finish at the Enduro race in Masaka.
“This is our second accolade, and I cannot be prouder of how the season has been for us so far,” Lwakataka who was recognised for the second consecutive month said at the awards event on Tuesday morning.
“I want to appreciate my co-driver, the service crew, my sponsors and the fans who have helped us on this journey. It might be the second accolade, but we want to win them all this year.”
“I want to throw a token to the organisers for this initiative. This accolade is crucial in lifting our spirits and keeping you on top because we always want to win,” he added.
Halima Nakaayi was recognised as the outstanding athlete for the month after the 800 metre World Championn became the first Ugandan to win a medal at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.
Running in a strong field in the final, Nakaayi clocked 2:00:66 seconds to finish third behind USA’s Wilson Ajee and Ethiopian pacey Hailu Freweyni.
“The award goes a long way in motivating young and upcoming sports personalities to realise their potential in sport,” Nakaayi said, adding “I want to inspire fellow athletes to break even more barriers.”
“I am sure my medal at the indoors is only an eye-opener for more of my compatriots to believe that they can take on such challenges,” she added.
Other winners were Busoga United midfielder Elvis Ngonde who beat Onduparaka’s Mansoor Agu Safi and URA defender Patrick Mbowa.
The midfielder produced strong performances to help Busoga United turn around their season with victories in games against SC Villa and Tooro United while also helping the side to draws against Police and BUL Bidco FC.
Ndejje Elites centre Moureen Mwamula was voted the player of the month from Volleyball, Nayiga Rukia emerged in the pool category while Heathens’ Norbert Okeny was voted the rugby player of the month.