Cape Town - Two-time gsport Athlete of the Year,
Caster Semenya, is up against fellow Rio Olympic medallist, Sunette Viljoen, and
one of the world’s best netballers, Karla Mostert, for the 2017 gsport Athlete
of the Year award.
gsport’s Elite Panel of Judges
considered and scored all nominees to compile a merit-based list of 3 Finalists
per Awards category, and now it is over to the public - the fifth judge - to
cast their votes at gsport.co.za until August 7, to decide the overall 2017
gsport Awards winners.
Voting is open until August 7 to
decide the Public Vote, which acts as the fifth judge in the process. The
public vote is combined with the votes of the four-member gsport judging panel,
to decide the overall winners. Votes can be cast at gsport.co.za/voting.
Winners will be announced at the
2017 gsport Awards on August 26, 2017 in Johannesburg.
Semenya leads a formidable list of
51 finalists for the 12th edition of SA’s longest running national
women’s sport awards, which is endorsed for the third year running by Sport and
Recreation South Africa.
The Athlete with Disability category
will be contested by SA’s number one wheelchair tennis star, Kgothatso
Montjane, 5 000m T11 world record holder, Louzanne Coetzee and double Rio
Paralympic silver medallist, Ilse Hayes.
SA’s top ranked junior golfer, Kajal
Mistry, is a double finalist - up against Momentum Proteas opening batter,
Laura Wolvaardt and last year’s double winner, Nokwanda Hlongwane, for School
Sports Star of the Year - and also up for honours in the Emerging Athlete of
the Year category against Asive Gilifile and Heidi Dalton.
2016 National title holders in their
respective sports codes, Border Women’s Rugby, Western Province Women’s
Cricket, and the Gauteng Jaguars Netball team will battle it out for Team of
Coach of the Year sees three strong
candidates battle it out with leading disability sports coach, Dr. Suzanne
Ferreira, Momentum Proteas coach, Hilton Moreeng, and TUT Soshanguve coach,
Maude Khumalo shortlisted.
2016 triple Award winner, Rachel
Makhura, is a double finalist this year. She will defend her Social Media crown
against stiff competition in vocal women’s sport supporter, Cheryl Roberts, and
SA correspondent to The Ladies March, Sizakhele Nkosi.
Makhura, who won the Radio category
last year, is up against SABC Sport radio producer, Beverly Maphangwa and Radio
2000/BBC Test Match Special cricket commentator, Natalie Germanos.
Daily Sun sports writer and double
former winner, Busisiwe Mokwena, leads the field in the Print category, up
against Herald sports writer, Vuyokazi Nkanjeni, and Kickoff Magazine senior
designer, Monique Petersen.
Television heavyweights, Carol
Tshabalala, Lebo Motsoeli and Melissa Reddy will battle it out in the Women in
Two leading international match
officials, hockey’s Michelle Joubert and Tennis SA’s Mpho Makhoba are the
finalists in the Woman of the Year award alongside JVW Girls football manager,
Seasoned SABC Sport TV anchor Vaylen
Kirtley, former Banyana Banyana captain and now TV pundit, Amanda Dlamini and
dirtbike ride, Dayna Nienaber, will battle it out for Style Star of the Year.
Women’s sport is fuelled by support
of individuals, who are shaping the game at various levels.
Finalists for the gsport Special
Recognition Award are former Springbok women’s captain, Mandisa Williams, long
time media frontwoman, Lali Stander and Founder of Futballing Girls, Moonira
Ramthula, who freely gives her time
to the development of women’s football, is also a finalist for Volunteer of the
Year, alongside wheelchair tennis volunteer, Bellinah Matshedisho, and long
time school sports volunteer, Thelma Achilles.
The only two male finalists are
shortlisted in the Supporter of the Year category with Editor of All Things
Jabu, Tyrone Barnard, and women’s sport supporter, Christopher Kwela, up
against pioneer women’s sport supporter, Cheryl Roberts, a double finalist this
Sponsors have made it possible for
women’s sport to grow and head into the professional era. Football sponsor,
Sasol, netball league title sponsors, Brutal Fruit, and national women’s
cricket sponsor, Momentum, are the finalists in the Sponsor of the Year
Cricket South Africa, Wheelchair
Tennis SA and Athletics South Africa cracked the nod as finalists for
Federation of the Year.
The gsport Awards was first held on
1 August 2006, when Atlanta double-gold medallist Penny Heyns was inducted as
the inaugural gsport Hall of Fame recipient alongside the launch of the
2017 gsport awards finalists:
of the Year
Caster Semenya | Karla Mostert | Sunette Viljoen
of the Year with Disability
Ilse Hayes | Kgothatso Montjane | Louzanne Coetzee
Athlete of the Year
Asive Gilifile | Heidi Dalton | Kajal Mistry
Sports Star of the Year
Kajal Mistry | Laura Wolvaardt | Nokwanda Hlongwane
of the Year
Border Women’s Rugby | Gauteng Jaguars Netball Team | Western Province Women’s Cricket
of the Year
Hilton Moreeng | Maude Khumalo | Suzanne Ferreira
of the Year
Lauren Duncan | Michelle Joubert | Mpho Makhoba
in Social Media
Cheryl Roberts | Rachel Makhura | Sizakele Nkosi
Busisiwe Mokwena | Monique Petersen | Vuyokazi Nkanjeni
10. Woman in Radio
Beverly Maphangwa | Natalie Germanos | Rachel Makhura
11. Woman in Television
Carol Tshabalala | Lebo Motsoeli | Melissa Reddy
12. 2017 Style Star
Amanda Dlamini | Dayna Nienaber | Vaylen Kirtley
13. Special Recognition
Lali Stander | Mandisa Williams| Moonira Ramathula
14. Volunteer of the
Bellinah Matshedisho| Moonira Ramathula| Thelma
15. Supporter of the
Cheryl Roberts| Christopher
Kwela | Tyron Barnard
16. Sponsor of the Year
Brutal Fruit | Momentum | Sasol
17. Federation of the
Athletics South Africa| Cricket South Africa| Wheelchair
Tennis South Africa