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