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Le Clos named SA sports star

2012-11-04 22:06

Johannesburg - Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos was crowned Sports Star of the Year at the SA Sports Awards in Sandton on Sunday evening.

The 20-year-old clinched the top accolade ahead of last year's winner, cricketer Hashim Amla, swimmer Natalie du Toit, athletes Caster Semenya and Oscar Pistorius, Bafana Bafana striker Siyabonga Nomvete and Protea wicket-taker Vernon Philander.

Le Clos became an overnight sensation when he beat Michael Phelps by a whisker for the gold medal in the 200m butterfly at the 2012 London Olympics. He went on to win silver in the 100m butterfly behind Phelps.

Le Clos bagged R1 000 000 for his award as well as a brand new BMW.

Philander claimed the Sportsman of the Year trophy following a prolific debut Test season where he became the second fastest man to take 50 wickets in the history of cricket.

Rowing SA was one of the big winners on the evening as they scooped three awards with president Wimpie du Plessis named Administrator of the Year and the sporting code taking the Federation of the Year award.

The Olympic gold medal winning South African men's coxless lightweight fours rowing team of Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Britain, John Smith and James Thompson walked away with the Team of the Year award.

Semenya, who was the country's only medallist in the track and field at the London Olympic Games, clinching the 800m silver medal, received the Sportswoman of the Year award.

In the Coach of the Year category, Banyana Banyana's Joseph Mkhonza walked away with the spoils.

The coach led the South African women's soccer team to their first Olympic Games where they failed to advance past the group stages at the London showpiece.

Legendary Paralympian Du Toit was honoured during the evening by being named Sportswoman of the Year with Disability.

She bowed out from competitive swimming after this year's Paralympic Games having won a total of 13 gold and two silver medals in Paralympic competitions.

The Sportsman of the Year with Disability went to Pistorius, who this year made history by competing at both the Olympics and Paralympics.

List of Winners

Sports Star of the Year: Chad le Clos (Swimming).

Sportsman of the Year: Vernon Philander (Cricket).

Sportswoman of the Year: Caster Semenya (Athletics).

Coach of the Year: Joseph Mkhonza (Football).

Sportswoman of the Year with Disability: Natalie du Toit (Swimming).

Sportsman of the Year with Disability: Oscar Pistorius (Athletics).

Federation of the Year: Rowing.

Team of the Year: Rowing.

Administrator of the Year: Wimpie du Plessis (Rowing).

Newcomer of the Year: Siya Kolisi (Rugby).

Volunteer of the Year: Sondiso Magajana (Judo).

School Team of the Year: Ithembelihle High (Rugby).

Journalist of the Year: Velile Mbuli

Photographer of the Year: Sydney Seshibedi

Recreation Body of the Year: Vakhegula (Vakhegula Football)

Steve Tshwete Lifetime Award 2012: Elijah Tap Tap Makhithini (Boxing), Papwa Sewgolum Sewsunker (Golf), Sam Ramsamy, Petros Molemela (Football), Sally Little (Golf), Joost van der Westhuizen (rugby).

Green Jacket Recipients for 2012: Matthews Motshwareteu (Athletics), Blanche Moila (Athletics), Grant Khomo Was bestowed with order of Ikhamanga (Cricket, Rugby, Football and Tennis), Nelson Teenage Dladla (Football).


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Comments
  • cynthia.biljoen - 2012-11-04 22:10

    congratulations Chad. You have inspired a nation!

      dhirshan.gobind - 2012-11-05 09:00

      caster didn't deserve her award - favorite for the gold but failed!

      patrick.mbense - 2012-11-09 12:08

      Why you delete my post News24? Your golden boy not so golden after all!! Here goes again: "Im not sure about this Le Clos. Seems fame going to his head quickly! he was asked to say a few words at a charity event for cancer where Shaun Pollock, Keegan Daniel, Butch James, Craig Joubert or took part in good spirit and no fee. Le Clos was asked to join and his come back was that he wanted R80,000 for the day!! Come back down to earth. You beat Phelps once does not make you a god!! "

  • skhona.luswazi - 2012-11-04 22:15

    That's how we roll in Durban Chad show them

  • joel.masola - 2012-11-04 22:17

    Congra chad,beating the world best swimmer lyk that was special,invest wisely

  • nompumelelo.madonda - 2012-11-04 22:29

    Well done, young man! The future looks bright; continue working hard...

  • mandy.mulaudzi - 2012-11-04 22:30

    well done...

  • PumaFred - 2012-11-04 22:31

    sorry Oscar should have won it - he had such a huge impact at the Olympics and Paralympics - Chad did very well don't get me wrong but OScar achieved so much more

      ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-11-05 07:26

      Why because he complained after his butt was kicked??

  • busi.nkosana - 2012-11-04 22:32

    Congratulations Chad..u deserve it bro! uve done South Africans PROUD!!!

  • Ayanda Welcome Sibisi - 2012-11-04 22:34

    well done to ANC gov for such wonderfull event

      chrono.man.7 - 2012-11-05 10:54

      Ayanda did you watch the event? It was horrible and shocking to say the least. Why do you think the ANC per se had anything to do with it?

  • humphrey.s.mbothwe - 2012-11-04 22:45

    Well done Le Clos, I felt sorry for the young men when he remained speechless after minister Tokyo made a poor joke about Roben Island.

  • magau.thomas - 2012-11-04 22:51

    We'll done to chad u deserve the prize keep it up

  • shelton.francis - 2012-11-04 22:54

    Chad where were you to show us how to swim back when me and Nelson Mandela was on Robin Island....Realy?...Realy?...Realy Realy Realy???...

  • lebakeng.nchaupe - 2012-11-04 23:02

    well done boy can't wait 4 th coming olympics

  • mike.strach - 2012-11-04 23:10

    Ernie should have been a nominee. His open victory was so inspiring.

      derrick.pentz.5 - 2012-11-05 06:49

      Well done to Chad although I also cannot understand Ernie's omission from the list of nominees

      shona.williams.739 - 2012-11-05 09:26

      This was an award where the public had to vote so it depends on your fan base. In the beginning there was a long list of nominees then the list got smaller every few weeks

  • mike.strach - 2012-11-04 23:11

    Ernie should have been nominated. His open victory was so inspiring.

  • thulanit3 - 2012-11-04 23:39

    Thumbs up brazzo, you are the best..proud of you..!

  • braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-11-04 23:49

    Cameron vd burgh wins gold, breaks the world record, and doesn't get nominated?". Team of the year should have gone to the baby boks. And banyanas coach is coach of the year??? Kolosi gets young player of the year???? Yet didn't come close to any award at Saru This judging panel is even more incompetent than their government.

      lean.sadie - 2012-11-05 00:23

      Braam hou op kraam

      Sarah - 2012-11-05 09:36

      He was 1 of the nominees in Sportsman of the Year...don't know how Philander got that award. I thought it would be between Cameron and Amla cos Amla has been amazing this year breaking many World Records. Coach of the year should've been between Graham Hill for all the swimming medals we've got this year, Gary Kirsten for all the Proteas have achieved and even Coetzee from Stormers should've been ahead of Banyana coach. The only 3 I agreed with were both Sportsman and Woman with Disability and then Sports Star which is based on the publics vote

  • Truth.nnete - 2012-11-05 05:44

    Chad defeated best of the best,isnt that what we want from our athletes? Chad medal was not biased I m one of those who voted for him,and I m proud now that he won.

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-05 07:41

    Sports Parent of the Year - Chads Dad

  • rina.streuderst - 2012-11-05 07:41

    Congratulations Chad. Keep on smiling. You're an absolute star.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-05 08:10

    A well deserved achievement! Congratulations!!!

  • sandilengqondo.ngcobo - 2012-11-05 10:40

    School Team of the Year was suppose to be Sinamuva Primary School; they represented RSA in Danone Under 12 World Championship!

  • patrick.mbense - 2012-11-09 12:08

    Why you delete my post News24? Your golden boy not so golden after all!! Here goes again: "Im not sure about this Le Clos. Seems fame going to his head quickly! he was asked to say a few words at a charity event for cancer where Shaun Pollock, Keegan Daniel, Butch James, Craig Joubert or took part in good spirit and no fee. Le Clos was asked to join and his come back was that he wanted R80,000 for the day!! Come back down to earth. You beat Phelps once does not make you a god!! "

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