GEORGE TOW – National shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei and squash queen Datuk Nicol Ann David have been crowned Penang Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2010, respectively, repeating their outstanding achievement for three consecutive seasons.
However, both of them were unable to be present to receive the award from Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas at the 2010 Sports Award ceremony in Tanjung Bungah here yesterday.
Chong Wei, who was represented by his brother Lee Chong Eng, 36, is due to compete in the Macau Open this week.
Apart from winning the award, Chong Wei, who is now World No. 1 in the Badminton World Federation ranking, also won the Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri Perdana Award 2010.
Nicol, represented by her father Desmond David, 64, is in training in Amsterdam. She is scheduled to return home next week.
Each of them took home a challenge trophy, an accompanying trophy, a certificate of appreciation and RM3,000.
Shuttler Nelson Heg Wei Keat, 18, who was runner-up in the men’s doubles at the World Junior Badminton Championship last year, was named Most Promising Sportsman.
Karate athlete Sek Jia Wen, 16, was named the Most Promising Sportswoman due to her success in winning the gold medal in the team event and a silver medal in the individual event at the 20th national junior championships.
They were awarded a challenge trophy, an accompanying trophy, a certificate of appreciation and RM2,000.
The 2010 Best Team Award was won by the karate teams in the men’s and women’s categories based on their remarkable gold medal achievements at the 10th Hong Kong Championships and 19th World KOI Championships in Greece in 2010. – BERNAMA