The Greek Sports Media Association (PSAT) held their annual award ceremony last Sunday night at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaro Mousikis).
The best teams and players around the entire Hellenic sporting industry were celebrated, in the presence of some of the most important public figures of the Greek political, business and entertainment worlds.
Stefanos Tsitsipas won the Male Athlete of the Year award, with Katerina Stefanidi being named winner in the Women’s category.
Meanwhile, the Olympiacos men’s water polo team was awarded the Team of the Year Award and Giorgos Pomaski was named Coach of the Year.
The President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Prokopis Pavlopoulos presented the award the Stefanos Tsitsipas father and coach, Apostolos, asking him to extend his warmest wishes towards his son.
The 21-year-old was able to reach the Australian Open semi-finals then went on to win the ATP Finals.
Tsitsipas sent a pre-recorded message to the ceremony in order to express his gratitude for the award.
Nominated in the same category as Tsitsipas were NBA Most Valuable Player of the year Giannis Antetokounmpo and champion of the rings Lefteris Petrounias.
Katerina Stefanidi who won the Female Athlete of the Year award was able to win the bronze medal in the high jump during the Doha World Championships.
Also nominated in the same category were pistol multi-champion Anna Korakaki and tennis star Maria Sakkari.
The Olympiacos polo team reached the final of the LEN Champions League, losing 4-3 in the penalty shoot out to Hungarian heavyweights Ferencvaros.
Fellow nominees for Team of the Year were Greek undefeated football champions PAOK and the Hellenic Beach Handball National Team.
Among the rest of the awards given out during the evening was the Fair Play Award, which was shared by both the Olympiacos and AEK football teams for their social innovation to support two of their female fans who are dealing with disability issues.
In his opening speech the Deputy Minister of Sport, Eleftherios Avgenakis pointed out the success of Greece’s athletes on the international level:
“We are here tonight to congratulate and please those who became a beacon of light for our homeland. We are here, not just for the moral satisfaction that they rightly deserve, but also to prove our support, our love and admiration. We are standing at the forefront of an Olympic year. The challenge is great. Greece must be among the main characters. We want to be there and we will achieve it. Through transparency and meritocracy,” said Avgenakis.