Oscar scoops athletics award

2013-02-18 16:17

Cape Town - Two days after Oscar Pistorius's alleged murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he was named Athletics Gauteng North's (AGN) male athlete of the year in track and field.

Athletics Gauteng North awarded the country's top athletes at the annual SPAR AGN awards in Pretoria on Saturday night.

Pistorius has been in police custody since Thursday after his 29-year-old model girlfriend Steenkamp was shot and killed in his Pretoria home. He has been charged with murder and is due to appear in court on Tuesday for a formal bail application.

The awards, which took place at The Manhattan Hotel, is an annual event that is undoubtedly a highlight on the calendars of South Africa's top athletes.

There were 17 different awards handed out at the ceremony, celebrating athletes in their respective fields such as cross country, race walking, road running and track and field. As always, the most coveted awards of the night were best male athlete of the year, best female athlete of the year, most promising athlete, coach of the year, best technical official and best administrator.

Caster Semenya scooped the best female athlete award and Stephen Mokoka best male athlete, while Lehann Fourie got the award for most promising athlete in the track and field category.

2013 AGN award winners:

Race Walking Most promising Athlete of the Year: Mariaan Serdyn
Race Walking Female Athlete of the Year: Elsa Meyer
Race Walking Male Athlete of the year: Marc Mundell
Track & Field Most promising Athlete of the Year: Lehann Fourie
Track & Field Female Athlete of the Year: Caster Semenya
Track & Field Male Athlete of the Year: Oscar Pistorius
Cross Country Most promising Athlete of the Year: Kyla van Graan
Cross Country Female Athlete of the Year: Anyslee van Graan
Cross Country Male Athlete of the Year: Stephen Mokoka
Road Running Most promising Athlete of the Year: Olivia Labuschagne
Road Running Female Athlete of the Year: Charne Bosman
Road Running Male Athlete of the Year: Stephen Mokoka
Coach of the Year: Michael Seme
Technical Official of the Year: Sipho Shawe
Administrator of the Year: Japie Venter
Overall Female Athlete of the Year: Caster Semenya
Overall  Male Athlete of the Year: Stephen Mokoka


  • cecil.wright.142 - 2013-02-18 16:24

    Only in South Africa. Why was his name not pulled from this ??????????? Does a dead woman not matter anymore??????

      marizelle.coetzee - 2013-02-18 16:31

      Not "only in South Africa"! Why should his name be removed? It doesn't matter what he has done, he worked his @ss off for the achievement! Im also heart broken for Reeva and her family, but Oscar has worked damn hard in his career!

      dtangocci - 2013-02-18 16:31

      The fact that he killed his girlfriend has nothing to do with his athletics ability. It would be unfair for him not to receive the award if he was selected.

      lownabester - 2013-02-18 16:46

      I am sure steriodes helped him along.

      marius.koen2 - 2013-02-18 16:48

      @marizelle, even if he hasn't been proven guilty, this award should then have been delayed until he was released. With allegations of him shooting his girlfriend four times and beating her head in with a cricket bat, you cannot go forth giving out awards... It doesn't matter how hard he worked, the allegations are that he crushed this girl head with a baseball bat, you have to be mad to support him until proven Innocent.

      Kalibanache - 2013-02-18 17:04

      well he can also win the Nightmare on elm street award this year... Or maybe the Friday oh no, It was the 14th

      timothy.whyte - 2013-02-18 17:06

      The day of her funeral and this guy gets an award after he shot her,,,,NO RESPECT

      Louis - 2013-02-18 17:10

      in English tabloid "the Sun" it is reported that steroids were found in his house....SA news seemingly very slow to catch on,,,another Armstrong in the making- stripped of all medals?

      john.botges - 2013-02-18 17:49

      He's always said that he "would kill" for such a title

      franklyn.davies.1 - 2013-02-18 17:50

      eish...possibly in line for murder of the year as well.

      sponono.sangwana - 2013-02-18 18:24

      The award covers the shooting category, cecil . And his sponsors were also happy too to poor in a lot of money for his newly discovered talent in using a cricket bat and in accurate blind shooting a target behind the door.

      marizelle.coetzee - 2013-02-19 07:48

      @Marius.koen2: Fair enough, maybe it should have been postponed. But to say that his name should have been removed from the list is unfair. His career achivements are well deserved!

  • supmysupmy - 2013-02-18 16:26


  • John - 2013-02-18 16:28

    Don't this people have any shame......a young girl just had her life taken can you not have some respect......

  • profesas1 - 2013-02-18 16:28

    For fu{ksake, they shud have stripped him of all the medals already

      mariana.barry - 2013-02-18 16:33

      You don't have to respect him but he did earn it. Give credit where it is due

  • herbert.smith.9655 - 2013-02-18 16:29

    His last!

  • david.a.meyer.925 - 2013-02-18 16:30

    Are there no depths....

  • Bra - 2013-02-18 16:33


  • ofentse.bradford - 2013-02-18 16:34

    I guess that's where the innocent until proven guilty rule apply

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2013-02-18 16:35

    Two days Oscar Pistorius's alleged murder on girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, he was named Athletics Gauteng North's (AGN) male athlete of the year in track and field That doesnt even make sense

      marcelle.joubertdurandt - 2013-02-18 16:46

      Clearly NO proofing done before it was published. Professional.

      khosi.biyela.7 - 2013-02-18 17:02

      The awarding was on Sartuday and the news of Reeva's murder was on thursday morning. That's two days...

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2013-02-18 16:40

    Hahaha - everyone's panties are in a knot! Relax people - it was the provincial (north gauteng) awards. It is not like there were 10 candidates in every category. Besides - he is has not been found guilty yet!

  • fanie.dejongh.3 - 2013-02-18 16:40


  • Hansie.Crook - 2013-02-18 16:41

    Cricket and target shooting are his new sports now..... too bad he will be playing them in prison.

  • colleen.balfour - 2013-02-18 16:45

    Well he is athlete of the year, isn't he? After all, which other athlete has managed to attract so much attention worldwide........

  • gavin.preller - 2013-02-18 16:46

    Is anyone even checking the grammer before posting stories on news24. Two days (after) Oscar Pistorius's alleged murder..........."

      colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-18 16:56

      Agree with u

      andrew.crawford.50 - 2013-02-18 17:33

      Grammar - check your spelling!

      franklyn.davies.1 - 2013-02-18 17:48

      hahahaha,classic !

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-18 19:06

      Good one Andrew!!

  • athalia.maabane - 2013-02-18 16:49

    Well, that we can't take away from him. The talent is there and he has not yet been proven guilty.

  • herman.letlalo - 2013-02-18 16:53

    not surprising coming from spar

  • Thabo Dijoe - 2013-02-18 16:55

    congradulations Caster Semenya, you are a hard worker who got up from nowhere to somewhere out of your own sweat, unlike some spoilt brats.

      Tiaan Liebenberg - 2013-02-18 17:05

      Huh? Do you call sitting on the fence between boy/girl, and leaning only just towards girl as having no unjust advantage? Despite having higher testosterone levels than other girls. Ja, hard work

      MarietjieUngererPienaarMartheze - 2013-02-18 17:15

      Oscar moes meer struikelbloKke Oor kom het as Castor wat we'll bene het. Hy het nie sommer net opgestaan een oggend en toe kon hy uitstekend hardloop nie. Hy het gesweet en ge-oefen. Geluk aan Castor ook vir haar prestasies

      Dennis - 2013-02-18 18:50

      At least she had the balls to see it through. Oops did I say balls. Sooorreere

  • Makhavele - 2013-02-18 17:00

    News24 just becuase I'm young and black did you real have to remove comment? This is a Democratic South Africa I'm entitle to say what's on mind at any given time.

      Dennis - 2013-02-18 18:50

      You forgot to add " with a chip on my shoulder"

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-18 19:04

      Young, Black and Beautiful ma boy.

      rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-02-19 18:07

      Nothing to do with color, they have removed three of my comments ..get over it.

  • darwin.akbar.7 - 2013-02-18 17:08

    Not only is Oscar Pistorius the world's fastest paralympian, it appears that he is also the world's fastest murderer ever: abled or disabled.

  • MarietjieUngererPienaarMartheze - 2013-02-18 17:09

    Ek is bly. Al is Oscar in hierdie vreeslike situasie, het hy steeds sy Godgegewe talent gebruik en gewoeker daarmee.

  • azukile.mananga - 2013-02-18 17:11

    I Actually decided to look at these lunatics AGN's, only to find their home page contains inadequacies equivalent to the kind of decision they took here! Nothing is beyond a human soul, didn't the board envisage that backing Oscar despite his achievement would be viewed as condoning what he did? This country has lots of vulnerabilities and any incident done to demean woman will not help in curbing current scourges against females. What are you trying to achieve by honoring a man who brutally shot and killed an innocent brightly beautiful lady? Don't you people run your business on principles of global organizations such as NIke,Pepsi who dissociate themselves who do wrong despite their achievements? You will only go so far! SMH

  • lionel.schultz.1 - 2013-02-18 17:12

    Laughable, definitely not applaud able. I wonder who accepted the award on his behalf, another past assaulted girlfriend perhaps.

  • christy.beech - 2013-02-18 17:13

    A few days ago when anyone mentioned the name Oscar Pistorius he was a national hero. I agree he has worked and worked hard to receive every award he has ever received. Yes a life has been lost, this doesn't change the past. When he stood in the highest sports court and fought for disabled people world wide saying that all disabled bodies deserve to be treated as equal, he was a national hero, he was a voice for people who had not been given the opportunity to speak up for themselves on such a high platform. How shallow people are to forget so quickly and judge so harshly. I have been saying it all day. WERE YOU THERE? DID YOU SEE IT HAPPEN WITH YOUR OWN EYES? HAS OSCAR, REEVA OR GOD TOLD YOU THE FULL STORY? If you answered yes then open your mouth if not hush up you don't have all the facts and are jumping to conclusions.

      MarietjieUngererPienaarMartheze - 2013-02-18 17:20

      Yes Christy I agree. These people make me sick!

      mike.geyer.kija - 2013-02-18 17:49

      a life has been lost - all be it murdered - you can go from hero to zero based on your actions - regrets come to late - unfortunately for Oscar he is in one heck of a mess - through whatever snapped him - yesterday yes he was an icon but did he stop when he fired the first shot - NO - 4 shots that we know of and a blood stained cricket bat and an apparent skull crushing - i am afraid i am on the victims side here the family of the Reeva - i think if you are a parent you would understand

      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 19:07

      Not a hero, a steroid addict. So shut up. Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • Bob - 2013-02-18 17:19

    He'll need to get a display cabinet in his cell.

      MarietjieUngererPienaarMartheze - 2013-02-18 17:22

      Shame arme siel. Lewer tog intellegente kommentaar of bly stil

      Bob - 2013-02-18 19:02

      Martheze jy moenie so kwaad wees nie my tjomijie. Oh, and this isn't Die Beeld... catch a wake up.

  • hloni.seli - 2013-02-18 17:26

    With regard to the murder trial of Oscar Pistorious, everyone is equal before the law.let de law takes it course*

  • emmakajee - 2013-02-18 17:29

    Disturbing how all Oscar-supporters and defenders are women. Read the comments. Men are condemning the man for his gross actions. Women? Protecting him. With friends like these, the South African woman's fate is sealed!

      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 19:05

      Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • jan.nel.756 - 2013-02-18 17:30

    Just to remind him if the good old days, I lost my respect for him when he made the comments about the brazilians blades, bad loser

      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 19:04

      Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-18 17:36

    Which one? A long term jail sentence or death sentence? - 2013-02-18 17:41

      Jail is awesome free education you going?

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-18 17:58

      and free shooting lessons after all!!

  • MJS1234 - 2013-02-18 17:44

    Well I hope nobody clapped when he won!

      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 19:03

      Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • jan.nel.756 - 2013-02-18 17:44


      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 18:55

      Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • MikeFOConnor - 2013-02-18 17:47

    Let justice run its course, if guilty I expect AGN will hand the title to a deserving athlete who can also be a role model

  • shermanm.amos.9 - 2013-02-18 17:56

    Koos Kombuis "Welkom hier in Suid Afrika"

  • mike.geyer.kija - 2013-02-18 17:58

    lets not forget there is a murder here - yes it is murder regardless what anyone says - and we know his defence is going to try and say other - sorry but in my books there can never be a claim to innocence no matter what - in public you can be nice but behind the scenes you are yourself - double standards double life - sorry - i really feel for Mr and Mrs Steenkamp

      mike.geyer.kija - 2013-02-18 18:01

      you can be a hero today but if you do wrong - i am afraid you got to accept the consequences and a fallen hero through his or her own actions cannot proudly or gracefully accept accolades thereafter especially when murder is involved

      mike.geyer.kija - 2013-02-18 18:08

      i am afraid with all the hype going on at the moment with regard to the abuse of women and the disgusting rape and death of Anine Booysen and on saturday famous actor beating up his girlfriend at a party that Oscar will find it difficult to get bail tomorrow as it is closely being watched by Women's Groups - TIMING IS NOT GOOD FOR A BAIL APPROVAL - i say NO TO MURDER or ABUSE OF WOMEN or anyone for that matter - JUSTICE MUST PREVAIL

      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 18:54

      Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 19:00

      He is a steroid cheater and a murderer. The worst you can get. So he not really such a sports hero either

  • tim.hawkins.9469 - 2013-02-18 18:02

    Perhaps he also needs an "Oscar" for his blubbing in court. Oh wait, it was real - he will really miss his Mclaren!

      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 19:01

      Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • r.mashigo - 2013-02-18 18:03

    Thats probably his last award

      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 18:53

      Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • Adeeb Saban - 2013-02-18 18:06

    Whatever, give this cripple more awards, just don't let him make bail!!!

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-18 18:22

      Moenie vir hom bail geen maar net die nommer!

      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 18:51

      Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • karendebrah - 2013-02-18 18:07

    Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • pushocapture.maake - 2013-02-18 18:17

    Anything with Oscar's name on it right?

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-18 18:19

    Miskin Staggie sal vir hom 'n halaal nommer aan gee. Hosh phakamisa met die nommer Oscar!!

  • karendebrah - 2013-02-18 18:21

    What a joke! Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • chocolove.hlophe - 2013-02-18 18:40

    Wow this guy kills his girlfriend and he gets an award I am so disgusted

      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 18:47

      Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • hilola.selani - 2013-02-18 18:45

    He shouldn't hold it otherwise iyhooo,heavy objects are his toys.

  • Dennis - 2013-02-18 18:47

    And Lance Armstrong won the " Mister Honesty" award.

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-02-18 18:47

    Obviously they should give the awards to someone more deserving....

      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 18:48

      Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • ivan.marsh.37 - 2013-02-18 18:51

    Giving an award to Pistorius under the prevailing irrespective of his ability shows total disrespect and a lack of sensitic

      karendebrah - 2013-02-18 18:52

      Easy to scoop an award if you are taking steroid

  • bridgette.wood.18 - 2013-02-18 18:54

    Oh pleeeez man, if he was arrested for raping a couple of children would you still feel he should get this award!

  • ray.crawly - 2013-02-18 18:57

    You who are pointing fingers at him, most of you are living in sin with your girlfriends and boyfriends OUTSIDE OF WEDLOCK. Yet you see the tiny speck in his eye? I rebuke the lot of you!!! Pastor Ray.

      john.botges - 2013-02-18 19:22

      You again. Like a bad rash

  • Stinky Spice - 2013-02-18 19:00

    Who is this Oscar everyone is on about

  • makarapakaplan - 2013-02-18 19:01

    There no respect for a murderer Mariana!

  • bridgette.wood.18 - 2013-02-18 19:07

    The difference between you and God Ray - God doesn't think he is you! There is a serious lack of sensitivity here. Don't play the God card, it's lame. Sweet Lord if it isn't racism then It's Christianity being thrown into comments. He killed her, she is DEAD, those are the facts and her parents will never see their child again! Pray about that. ass!