SHAH ALAM: Golfer Gavin Kyle Green and bowler Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman were named as the 2017 Selangor Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively.
The event was graced by Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah and Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali here in Shah Alam yesterday.
Gavin, the country’s top-ranked player and its first-ever Asian Tour Order of Merit winner in 2017, was the favourite for the award which comes with a RM10,000 reward.
“I’m very honoured and humbled by this recognition. I’m a true Selangor boy, I played golf at the school level and at the national level under the Selangor banner.
“This award means a lot, not just personally to me, but also to golf as a sport. It shows that we can achieve as much in golf as in any other sport,” said Gavin, who had to miss the award ceremony as he is competing in the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.
National bowler Siti Safiyah admitted that she’s over the moon after picking up her first sportswoman award.
“I always wanted to win the award. I was nominated with Shalin Zulkifli for best team but we missed out last year,” said Asia’s No. 1 bowler, who also received RM10,000.
“It’s special for me since it’s my first time winning a sportswoman award.
“It’s definitely not an easy win because there are other big-name athletes in contention.”
Swimmers Ng Jing Fu and Angelina Chan picked up the Most Promising Sportsman and Sportswoman award with a premium saving certificate worth RM5,000.
Selangor-born athletes Amy Kwan Dict Weng (rhythmic gymnastics) and Emma Firyana Saroji (lawn bowls), who both won gold medals in the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, also received incentives.
Amy received RM24,000 for winning the gold medal in the ribbon, silver in the team event and two bronzes in the All-around and Hoops, while Emma pocketed RM6,000 for winning the women’s pair gold medal.