Cape Town - 2019
Comrades Marathon winner, Gerda Steyn, who smashed the women’s up run record,
will battle it out with 2018 winner and 800m world champion, Caster
Semenya, unbeaten over this distance since 2015, and CAF African Women’s
Footballer of the Year, Thembi Kgatlana, in the strongest shortlist for gsport
Athlete of the Year since the Awards inception.
trio lead a formidable list of 54 finalists for the 14th edition of
South Africa’s longest running women’s sport recognition platform and Africa’s
only national women’s sport Awards, having been endorsed by Sport and
Recreation South Africa in 2015.
help choose the winners through free voting which kicks off in the gsport
Voting Hall at gsport.co.za/voting at 06:00 on Friday, 19 July. Voting will close
at 18:00 on National Women’s Day on Friday, August 9.
who scored Banyana Banyana’s opening goal in their first-ever FIFA World Cup
appearance, is a double finalist and also features in another strong category
where she faces off with Saray Khumalo, the first black African woman to summit
Mount Everest, and President of Netball South Africa, Cecilia Molokwane, who
led the charge to bring the 2023 Netball World Cup to SA.
Banyana coach, Desiree Ellis, the first coach to qualify the national women’s
team for the FIFA Women’s World Cup features alongside CSA National Academy
women’s assistant coach, Dinesha Devnarain and leading athletics coach, Maritza
Coetzee in the Coach of the Year category.
Banyana lead the finalists in the Team of the Year category along with
Springbok Women’s Sevens and Wheelchair Women’s Tennis.
Athlete of the Year is contested by amazing rising talent in current World
Under-20 400m hurdles champion, Zeney van der Walt, African Junior 100m
and 400m hurdles champion, Rogail Joseph and South African Junior number two
and third-ranked senior golfer, Kaiyuree Moodley.
is also a finalist in the School Sports Star category along with Gauteng
North’s top rated U16 squash player, Awande Malinga and SA’s leading U8 chess
player, Minentle Miya.
new name has emerged in the Athlete with Disability category where three-time
IWAS medallist, Sheryl Denise James will take on 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifier,
Louzanne Coetzee, and multiple gsport Award winner, KG Montjane.
in media continue to make great strides with industry peers going head to head
in all five media categories.
Sport TV anchor and Radio 2000 presenter, Romy Titus, is a double finalist. She
battles it out with ENCA sports reporter, Hloni Mtimkulu and fellow SABC Sport
TV anchor, Xoli Zondo, in the television category.
will take on VisionView presenter, Lerato Phago, and North West FM sports
anchor, Karabo Mokgalagadi, in the radio category.
print category sees long-time freelance writers Jane Bramley and Karien
Jonckheere battle it out alongside Sowetan Live reporter, Linda Moreotsene.
winner, and PR sports guru, Lali Stander, is back to defend her crown in the
Woman in PR and Sponsorship category against 2018 finalist, and Varsity Sport
PR Manager, Marisa Calvert, and M-Sports Marketing PR hot shot Keabetswe Taele.
Woman in Social Media category sees University Sport South Africa (USSA) social
media co-ordinator pitted against rising sports journalist, Sinethemba Mbatha
and social media influencer, Lee-Ann Mpofu.
South Africa, the South African Rugby Union and University Sport South Africa
are the three finalists in the Federation of the Year category for their work
to raise the profile of women in sport.
of the Year is contested by committed community sports coach, Maria Diamond,
leading touch rugby co-ordinator, Nadeema Levy, and long-time women’s sport
volunteer, Zizo Papu.
the Supporter of the Year category, 2018 winner and Proteas Women number one
supporter Shannon Landman-Kriel takes on women’s cricket administrator and
scorer, Selina Munsamy, and sport for the disabled volunteer, Anet Bosman.
Special Recognition category sees Captain of the North West Dragons cricket
team, part-time coach, and member of the Proteas Women’s cricket squad, Tazmin
Britz, first degree black belt in Combat Tang Soo Do, Tanita Ramburuth-Hurt and
South African Transplant Games veteran, Heilie Uys, go for top honours.
for Sponsor of the Year, which lauds sponsors that put women’s sport first, are
Nike (athletics), Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (surfing) and Wiphold
Style Category which positions women in sport who exude style and elegance sees
SuperSport colleagues Lindiwe Dube and Andee Mahamba face off against SABC TV
News and SAFM anchor, Xoli Zondo, who is also a finalist in the television
Public Choice Award seeks to reward a Finalist who captured the public
imagination and wins the largest public vote across all categories, without
winning an Award.
is open until 6pm on 9 August to decide the Public Vote, which acts as the
sixth judge in the process. The public vote is combined with the votes of the
five-member gsport judging panel, to decide the overall winners. Votes can be
cast at gsport.co.za/voting.
will be announced at the 2019 gsport Awards on August 31, 2019, in Johannesburg.