Star of the Month
Star of the Year - 2008
2009-01-08 11:36:09 AM
Each month the Sport24 editorial team announced sports people for you to choose from, with the monthly readers choice becoming one of the 12 finalists from which we now need you to choose the Sport24 sports star of the year.
The 2008 finalists are:
January: Shaun Pollock
This was the month that started the “Polly parade”, as one of the country’s finest cricketing sons wound down his glittering career for the Proteas with sentimental swansong appearances against the West Indies around the country. Quite simply: Respect, Polly!
February: Mark Boucher
The Proteas wicketkeeper reclaimed this month the world record for Test dismissals. Following Adam Gilchrist’s retirement, Boucher has no pretenders to his throne as the leading gloveman in the Test arena and looks poised to hang on to his record for the foreseeable future.
March: Graeme Smith & Neil McKenzie
Proteas duo Graeme Smith and Neil McKenzie batted their way into the record books with a world record opening partnership of 415 during the Test series in Bangladesh.
April: Trevor Immelman
The Cape golfer fulfilled his childhood dream and became the first South African since Gary Player to win the Masters. South Africans glowed with pride as he donned the green jacket at Augusta.
May: Natalie du Toit
The gutsy swimmer, a seasoned Paralympian, qualified to represent South Africa at the full Beijing Olympics. Du Toit, who burst into tears upon realising her dream, later competed honourably in the 10km Open Water swim.
June: Dale Steyn
Steyn swept the boards this month at the Mutual & Federal SA Cricket Awards. The Proteas and Titans speedster won all four awards for which he was nominated, including the prestigious SA Cricketer of the Year. He was also named Test Cricketer of the Year, SA Players’ Player of the Year and the Fans’ Cricketer of the Year.
July: Ricky Januarie
Just when it looked as if the Dunedin jinx was going to strike the Springboks yet again, a moment of chip-and-collect individual magic from the nuggety scrumhalf famously and irreversibly swung the Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand in our favour.
August: Khotso Mokoena
Thank goodness someone bothered the airport metal detector as Team South Africa made its Olympics exit from Beijing! Mokoena's spirited silver medal in the long jump - even if it was hardly the best collective exhibition of this discipline in Games history - gave us all cause for rare winter cheer.
September: Natalie du Toit
Not content with gracing the full Olympics, Natalie then cleaned up in the swimming pool at the Paralympics, romping to five gold medals and earning universal acclaim for her prowess and character.
October: Keegan Daniel
He may have started the Absa Currie Cup final on the bench, but the tearaway, Humansdorp-born Sharks loose forward still had every right to feel like a key component of his team’s first triumph in the competition since 1996: his tournament-topping nine tries, some of them thrillers from a long way out, was a hugely influential factor.
November: John Smit
Glory came on a kaleidoscope of fronts to the Springbok captain as his side famously thrashed England 42-6 at Twickenham. Not only did he typically lead by muscular example, back in his familiar No 2 jersey, but his pre-game motivational address was widely lauded as a key to the epic triumph. To top it all, this was Smit’s 81st cap as a Bok forward, breaking the landmark previously held by Os du Randt.
December: JP Duminy
A young man who made sensational use of a surprise Proteas Test opportunity, after Ashwell Prince’s injury. He hit the winning runs in Perth on his way to a 50 on debut, and brought South Africa right back into the MCG match with a wonderful 166. Phenomenal ‘BMT’ and talent for a rookie in the Aussie pressure-cooker.