Cape Town - Rhett
Halkett and Celia Evans have been named the country's best men's and
women's hockey players for 2016.
The duo were among the award winners
announced on Tuesday by SA Hockey in Johannesburg.
Halkett and Evans emerged as the standout players during the annual Cape
Town Summer Series from January to March 2016, as well
as the men's series against Spain, Belgium, Canada and Germany and the
women's against India, Germany and Scotland.
"It's a huge honour to receive this award," said Halkett. "Thank you to
the players who have been instrumental in providing a platform for
personal growth and performance. It is, and always will be, a privilege
to represent South Africa in this sport we love. Congratulations to all the award winners."
"This award is a
symbol of hard work, dedication and commitment. I definitely don’t
think I'm the only player who is committed to the process, but it is a
true honour to receive this award," said Evans.
Recently retired international umpire John Wright was named the joint
winner of the Malik Umpire of the Year award with Michelle Joubert.
did the country proud in umpiring the respective men's and women's
finals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last
Wright was also handed the President's award in recognition for
the role he played in steering the ship with regards to umpiring in
"I am humbled by all the support and acknowledgement us as officials
have received," said Joubert. "I never imagined that I would be
appointed to any final, let alone an Olympic final, and to make it even
more special was to have John appointed to the men's
final. It can sometimes be tough out there, but knowing that somewhere
I may have inspired someone else to pick up a whistle, means more than
any award to me."
Sheila Brown received the Paul Richards Technical Official of the Year
award for the role she played as tournament director at the Rio
Meanwhile, Lindsey Wright was handed the Steve and Linda
Jaspan Trophy for Coach of the Year for leading her Northern
Blues team to the 2016 IPT title and claiming the inaugural women's
Premier Hockey League title with the Blyde River Bunters.
SA Hockey awards 2016:
John Marquard Senior Men's Player of the Year: Rhett Halkett
Ros Howell Snr Women's Player of the Year: Celia Evans
Lennie Botha U21 Men's Player of the Year: Alex Stewart
Sheila Brown U21 Women's Player of the Year: Marizen Marais
Peter Vieyra U18 Boys Player of the Year: Andrew Hobson
Dave Carr U18 Girls Player of the Year: Hannah Pearce
Malik Umpire of the Year: John Wright and Michelle Joubert
Stuart McIldowie Award for service to umpiring: Peter Wright
Paul Richards Technical Official of the year: Sheila Brown
Steve and Linda Jaspan Trophy for Coach of the Year: Lindsey Wright