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Bonito, Kurukuru honoured at national awards night

The awards night were held for the first time and were funded by the Ministry of Home Affairs through its arm the National Sports Council. Presidents of the various local sporting bodies including the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) president, Martin Alufurai, were present to witness the ceremony.
Honours went to medal achievers at the Pacific Games and awards were given to sports ranging from karate, judo, weightlifting and bodybuilding. Bonito were given their award for finishing with a silver medal at the Pacific Games. The Kurukuru awards were for winning the 2010 and 2011 Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) futsal championships.
Head coach of the Bonito team, Jacob Moli, said that his players and management are honoured to be recognised for their effort.
“Of course, when you play in international competitions you know you are playing for your country and we are pleased that the national government has recognised the hard work that Bonito has put in to get the silver medal for Solomon Islands in football,” Moli said.
The biggest winner of the night for football was Elliot Ragomo who took home the 2010 Solomon Islands National Sportsman of the Year Award. The award came with a $10 000 cash prize. It is an award Ragomo will add to the Young Solomon Islander of the Year Award he won in 2009.
Football missed out on 2 other awards which it sent in nominations for. The 2010 Coach of the Year Award went to Leslie Ata who led the Solomon Islands weightlifting team to a successful outing at the Pacific Games. The 2010 Federation of the Year award went to Solomon Islands Netball Federation (SINFED). SIFF had nominated Moli for the coach of the year award and itself for the federation of the year award.