Former president of the Sports Writers’ Association of Ghana (SWAG), Mr. Joe Aggrey, has been honoured with the SWAG President Award.
His award comes along with another honour conferred on Mr. Oteng Aboagye, former General Secretary of the Ghana Athletics Association (GNA), who received a meritorious award at the 45th edition of the annual SWAG Awards.
Mr. Aggrey, a celebrated and illustrious son of sports, and a member of SWAG, who was elevated to the position of a Patron of the Association, was decorated with the SWAG President’s Award for his dedication to the course of SWAG.
As a founding member of SWAG, some 52 years ago, Mr. Aggrey together with other venerable sports journalists, lit the torch that gave light and guidance to successive sports journalists.
Mr. Aggrey rose through the ranks to become the General Secretary of SWAG and his unwavering and persevering traits ensured he ascended the throne as the President of the Association.
For 10 continuous years, he led SWAG with invaluable and sacramental disposition, with great integrity and selflessness.
Under the sterling leadership of Mr. Aggrey, SWAG became the envy of all and his exploits did not go unnoticed.
For the first time in the history of this nation, a sports journalist, Mr. Aggrey was deservedly crowned as the overall journalist of the year, a feat that till date has not been iterated.
In recognition of his qualities, “Big Joe” as affectionately called was appointed the Deputy Sports Minister in the John Agyekum Kufour administration.
Sports journalists over the years always looked up to him in good times and challenging moments and as a patron of SWAG, never did he turned his back, offering the needed counsel, admonition, and caution when needed.
Mr. Kwabena Yeboah President of SWAG in a citation, said “It is a particularly tremendous pleasure that on such a momentous occasion, I have the singular honour to dignify and adorn a man I have taken a great deal of inspiration from all my life. We at SWAG, have plenty of reasons to celebrate you, Sir”.
SWAG at the same ceremony honoured Mr. Emmanuel Oteng Aboagye, a former deputy secretary for the GFA with a meritorious award for his contribution to sports administration and development.
Mr. Oteng Aboagye, who became the General Secretary at the peak of Ghana athletics, also managed Achimota Golf Club in Accra and the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi.
Mr. Oteng Aboagye is remembered for pioneering women’s football in Ghana with the likes of Sophia Okuley and Nancy Thompson.
His citation by SWAG read: “You are on record as one of the best sports administrators in Ghana having served the Ghana Athletics Association as the General Secretary, the Ghana Football Association as a General Secretary and the Achimota Golf Club as the administrator. SWAG honors you today for having influenced the development of sports and being the pioneer for Women’s Football as a founding member”.
The 45th SWAG MTN Awards would be held at the Alisa Hotel on Saturday, October 10, with the Chief Justice gracing the event.
SWAG Awards, the longest-running award scheme in Ghana rewards top-performing Sportsmen and Women over the year and recognises the efforts of persons involved in Sports development.