SEAFARER’S SPORTS PRIZE GALA
prize event, which has experienced a revival over the past few years,
was held in
The gala was attended by seamen, shippfitter personnel and
seamen’s service personnel from
. The prizes
were distributed by the President of the Finnish Basketball
Association, doctor Pentti Arajärvi.
The event was held at the gym of the
Helsinki Seamen’s Club, with an opening speech by the Executive
Director of the Finnish Seamen’s Service Martti Karlsson.
Welcoming speeches were also held by the President of the
International Sports Committee for seafarers Lars Jörgensen and by
sports coordinator Jörg Pfautsch.
The largest prize was The Seven Seas Walport League football
prize, which went to ms Regina Baltica. The Estonian football team
of the passenger vessel Tallink had all show up in their playing
shirts to receive their prizes. A few team members of the second
team in the football league, Swedish-flagged Silja Symphony, were
also able to attend thanks to being docked at the time.
represented by a few players from the successful Broströms
Finnish prize-receivers were the Silja Serenade football team for a
third place, the General Sports Ship of the Year Bravaden and Sports
Ship of the Year Gabriella, and Seafarer Sportsman of the Year Pasi
Rauhala. Tommi Ruuth and Ulla Häkkinen from the
Silja office received the prize for the Serenade team. Pasi
Rauhala’s and Bravaden's prizes were received by Executive
Director for Engship "Bebbe" Engblom. The Kekkonen
Pitcher was received by Gabriella’s skipper Reiska Sundell.
merit prize "Grand Lady of Scandinavian Seafarer's Sports"
was handed over to the Chef-Steward on Msv Botnica Rauni Söderlund.
This trophy was awarded for the first time, and was earned by Rauni
both for her good results in the various competitions, and for
acting as a splendid example for the more mature seafarer women in
work safety matters. Rauni had already gotten on a plane to the
Gulf of Mexico
, so the award
was received by Matti Latvalahti from Finstaship.