SPAR gsport awards nominees

2012-11-06 12:15

Cape Town - Two Olympic medallists, South Africa’s most capped athlete, its most celebrated Paralympian, and a Pole Fitness Champion have made the cut for the 2012 SPAR gsport Awards, after more than 100 nominations were received across the various categories in a month-long public nominations process.

“The list of nominees is unbelievable. I am really excited to see who’s going to win,” said Belinda Nel, SPAR Sponsorship Manager. “It will be really difficult to choose because athletes from different fields have done very well. The nominees are very strong across the board.”

gsport4girls Founder, Kass Naidoo, was equally impressed, “The decision to appoint top quality Ambassadors to drive the search for public nominations has been vindicated by the quality of the nominees forwarded to gsport.

“With free public voting due to start at the gsport website on Wednesday, friends, fans and family of the 2012 SPAR gsport Awards finalists are urged to organise wide support for their candidates, to give them every chance of being honoured this year.”

The list was trimmed to top three nominees per category by the Awards judges, world leader in Visual Performance Dr. Sherylle Calder, veteran sports journalist Jane Bramley, eighties
netball phenomenon Hazel Gumede and businesswoman and socialite Uyanda Mbuli.

Olympic silver medallist Caster Semenya, bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley and South Africa’s most capped athlete Marsha Marescia headline the SPAR Athlete of the Year category, which
was heavily contested with 10 athletes up for nomination.

Fittingly, as if in deference to her unrivalled contribution to awareness of sport with disability, Natalie du Toit - who recently announced her retirement from competition after another clutch of Paralympic haul of medals at London 2012, is the only individual nominated in two categories.

She is up for the gsport Woman of the Year title along with Pole Fitness Champion Venessa Clack and 70-year-old Sue Pather, who has dedicated her time to promotion of women’s cricket.

Du Toit is also nominated for Athlete of the Year with a Disability, along with SA’s number one wheelchair tennis player, Kgothatso Montjane, and Paralympic gold and silver medalling track and field athlete, Ilse Carstens.

Rising stars, track athlete Thato Makhafola, KwaZulu-Natal cyclist Lauren Varty and chess champion, Tasnim Amra, will contest the Up and Coming Athlete of the Year category.

Woman in Media was another hotly contested category, with 12 women nominated for the award.

Radio cricket commentator Natalie Germanos, football anchor Carol Tshabalala and rugby writer Tarryn Steenekamp got the nod from judge Jane Bramley.

South Africa’s women’s national teams have done well in improving their international statuses in 2012, and this is evident in the gsport Coach of the Year category, where SPAR Proteas netball coach Elize Kotze faces stern competition in two other national coaches, Proteas cricket coach Yashin Ebrahim and Banyana Banyana coach, Joseph Mkhonza.

Top Billing presenter and Audi Ambassador, Jo-Ann Strauss, V Entertainment host Lalla Hirayama, and award-winning R&B singer LeAnne Dlamini have been shortlisted for gsport Style Star of the Year, which recognises women who exude style, elegance, and beauty, whatever they do.

The gsport Volunteer of the Year category will be contested by football administrator Faiek Cassiem, all round sports enthusiast Anela Mahamba and Cycling volunteer Anelda Swart.

The gsport Volunteer of the Year is the only category that is not open to public voting. The judges will pick the winner.

A final word in thanks to the 2012 SPAR gsport Award Ambassadors, Roxy Burger, Mpho Maboi, Anele Mdoda, Shashi Naidoo, Hulisani Ravele and Liezel van der Westhuizen, for driving the nominations.

2012 SPAR gsport Awards Finalists:

SPAR Athlete of the Year
Bridgitte Hartley
Marsha Marescia
Caster Semenya

Athlete of the Year with Disability
Ilse Carstens
Natalie du Toit
Kgothatso Montjane

Up and Coming Athlete of the Year
Tasnim Amra
Thato Makhafola
Lauren Varty

Coach of the Year
Elize Kotze
Yashin Ebrahim
Joseph Mkhonza

Woman in Media
Natalie Germanos
Tarryn Steenekamp
Carol Tshabalala

Style Star of the Year
LeAnne Dlamini
Lalla Hirayama
Jo-Ann Strauss

Woman of the Year
Venessa Clack
Natalie du Toit
Sue Pather

Volunteer of the Year
Anela Mahamba
Faiek Cassiem
Anelda Swart

The gsport … for Girls! Honours Roll

Penny Heyns (inaugural gsport Hall of Fame inductee)

2007 winners:
Hazel Gumede (2007 gsport Hall of Fame inductee)
Lesley Copeman (2007 gsport Woman of the Year)
Melinda Lombard (2007 gsport Woman in Media)
Vanya Mangaliso (2007 gsport Style Star)
Portia Modise  (2007 gStar Award)
Ilse Langhout (2007 gsport Volunteer of the Year)

2008 winners:
Elana Meyer (2008 gsport Hall of Fame inductee)
Beaulah Schoeman (2008 gsport Woman of the Year)
Renelle Naidoo (2008 gsport Woman in Media)
Tanya van Graan (2008 gsport Style Star)
Tarryn Chudleigh (2008 gStar Award)
Mpho Makhoba (2008 Personal Account Writer of the Year)
Bronwyn Chudleigh (2008 gsport Volunteer of the Year)

2009 winners:
Desiree Ellis (2009 gsport Hall of Fame Inductee)
Mbali Zantsi (2009 gsport Woman of the Year)
Beverley Maphangwa (2009 gsport Woman in Media)
Uyanda Mbuli (2009 gsport Style Star)
Noni Tenge (2009 gStar Award)
Clare Vale  (2009 Personal Account Writer of the Year)
Lunga Ntuli (2009 gsport Volunteer of the Year)

2010 winners:
Motlatsi Keikabile (2010 gsport Hall of Fame Inductee)
Sandy Flanagan (2010 gsport Woman of the Year)
Natalie le Clue (2010 gsport Woman in Media)
Bonang Matheba (2010 gsport Style Star)
Rosy Hodge (2010 gStar Award)
Fabienne Lanz (2010 Personal Account Writer of the Year) (2010 gsport Volunteer of the Year)

2011 winners:
Dorothy Tsotsobe (2011 gsport Hall of Fame Inductee)
Dr Sherylly Calder (2011 gsport Woman of the Year)
Melissa Reddy (2011 gsport Woman in Media)
Shashi Naidoo (2011 gsport Style Star)
Pietie Coetzee (2011 gStar Award)
Surfing South Africa (2011 Sports Federation of the Year)
SPAR (2011 Sponsor of the Year)
Masalang Moshaisa (2011 gsport Volunteer of the Year)

2011 gsport award winners (File)