South Africa

Semenya v Schoenmaker v Montjane for gsport Athlete of the Year

2018-07-19 22:16
Caster Semenya (Twitter)
Caster Semenya (Twitter)

Cape Town - Commonwealth Games double gold medallists Caster Semenya and Tatjana Schoenmaker will battle it out for gsport Athlete of the Year with Wimbledon semi-finalist KG Montjane making up a formidable top three for this prestigious award.

They lead a strong list of 54 finalists for the 13th edition of SA’s longest running national women’s sport awards.

Public voting to help determine the winners kicked off in the gsport Voting Hall at 12:00 on Wednesday, July 19, and will close at 18:00 on Sunday, August 12.

The trio are double finalists, with Schoenmaker a finalist for Emerging Athlete of the Year alongside junior 400m champion hurdler, Zeney van der Walt and 2017 SPAR Grand Prix champion, Kesa Molotsane.

Montjane is shortlisted with veteran athlete, Zanele Situ, and top para-cyclist, Toni Mould for the Athlete of the Year with Disability award.

Semenya is up against top rugby official, Aimee Barret-Theron for Woman of the Year and dynamic tennis change maker, Mpho Makhoba.

Makhoba, who selflessly works to develop tennis in SA, is a triple finalist this year, along with publisher and long-time sports activist, Cheryl Roberts.

Makhoba is also a finalist in Volunteer of the Year with Dlala Ntombazana founder, Josina Tellie and KFC Mini-Cricket coach, Eunice Gonyela. She also features in the Special Recognition Award category alongside women’s football coach, Sheryl Botes and boxer, Bukiwe Nonina.

Roberts is shortlisted in Woman in Print alongside Eastern Cape’s Vuyokazi Nkanjeni and leading sports photographer, Frennie Shivambu. She also features in Supporter of the Year with dedicated cricket supporter, Shannon Landman Kriel and philanthropist, Lukholo Jeneto.

Roberts’ efforts online have also been recognised as she is a finalist in the Woman in Social Media category alongside JVW Girls Football and women’s football coach, Ciara Picco.

The Women in Media categories are fiercely contested with Woman in Television boasting the powerful trio of Lebo Motsoeli, Romy Titus and Lindiwe Dube.

Rachel Makhura, who has dominated the Woman in Radio category in recent times, is up against international cricket commentator, Natalie Germanos, and Formula One fundi, Natalie le Clue.

The inaugural Woman in PR and Sponsorship category sees PR sports guru, Lali Stander shortlisted alongside Varsity Sport PR manager Marisa Calvert and Wiphold SA founder, Louisa Mojela.

2017 World Cup semi-finalists, the Momentum Proteas are shortlisted with National Ocean Racing team and USSA Women’s Football for Team of the Year.

SA U17 women’s football coach, Simphiwe Dludlu, is a finalist for Coach of the Year alongside leading sport for disability coach, Karin le Roux and USSA Women’s football coach, Thinasonke Mbuli.

School Sport Star of the Year Finalists are athlete, Gontse Morake, cricketer Anri Grobelaar and young karate star, Isabelle Visser vying for the title.

Seasoned SABC Sport TV anchor Vaylen Kirtley, leading SuperSport cricket broadcaster, Crystal Arnold and Kwese ESPN’s Reabetswe Mashigo are finalists in the Style Star of the Year category.

Sponsor of the Year Finalist Sasol is back to defend its crown against Private Property and Futurelife.

Athletics South Africa, Golf RSA and Wheelchair Tennis South Africa are shortlisted for Federation of the Year.

The 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.

Winners will be announced at the 2018 gsport Awards on August 31, 2018 in Johannesburg.

Voting is open until August 12 to decide the Public Vote, which will contribute 20% in the final determination of deciding on award winners in the process.

Votes can be cast at

Past gsport winners (Supplied)


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