South Africa's Bridgitte Hartley leads public voting for the SPAR gsport Athlete of the Year Award. Hartley is pictured on her way to winning the bronze medal for the 500m K1 canoe at the London 2012 Olympic Games, on 9 August, 2012. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen / SA Sports Picture Agency

Voting in Full Swing

South Africa's Bridgitte Hartley leads public voting for the SPAR gsport Athlete of the Year Award. Hartley is pictured on her way to winning the bronze medal for the 500m K1 canoe at the London 2012 Olympic Games, on 9 August, 2012. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen / SA Sports Picture Agency

Voting for the 2012 SPAR gsport Awards looks set to surpass last year’s effort by a long way with more than 100 000 votes cast since voting opened on 7 November.

The Style Star of the Year, Women in Media and Up and Coming Athlete of the Year have been the most popular categories with more than half of the votes cast in those three categories alone.

V Entertainment host Lalla Hirayama has shot up in the votes to overtake both award-winning R&B singer LeAnne Dlamini and Top Billing presenter Jo-Ann Strauss, in the Style Star category. Photo: Supplied“I am so excited. It’s been pretty cool so far,” Style Star nominee Lalla Hirayama says. The V Entertainment host has over 16 000 votes so far and currently leads the category.

“I have been asking people on Twitter, my family and my friends to vote for me and they’ve been amazing.”

Hirayama believes her confidence and fearlessness is what attracts people to her style. “I have a very structured style and I also have different styles. Sometimes I wear very classic and conservative clothes and sometimes my style is very edgy.”

“The most important thing to me is that it must all come together. The hair, make-up and clothes must go together,” she says.

Rugby writer and Lions Media and PR Manager Tarryn Steenekamp, who is leading the Women in Media category with over 12 000 votes, is still shocked with the feedback she’s received. “It’s an honour to be nominated and I hope it works out and I win.”

“I think my family and friends have been staying up till the early hours of the morning voting for me! So many people who didn’t know about gsport before now know and they are spreading the word. The support I’ve received has been amazing.”

15-year-old KwaZulu Natal cyclist Lauren Varty has a slight lead over junior 800m sensation Thato Makhafola with chess star, Tasnim Amra in third place. “Lauren was very emotional when she found out about her nomination and the outpouring of support has come as a surprise to her,” her mother Iris Varty says.

Lauren uses her cycling to raise money for CHOC and is currently their youngest ambassador in KZN. “CHOC has received such good publicity since Lauren was nominated and that has been the best part of this experience for her.”

Olympic medallists Bridgitte Hartley and Caster Semenya are battling it out for the SPAR Athlete of the Year. It would be Semenya’s second award in as many weeks, after winning Sportswomen of the Year at the SA Sports Awards.

Other categories open to the public for voting are Athlete of the Year with a Disability, Coach of the Year, and Woman of the Year.

Fans can still cast their vote for their favourite nominees on the gsport website till 12 noon on Saturday, 17 November 2012.

Winners will be announced at the 2012 SPAR gsport Awards taking place at the prestigious Wonderers Club on November 20.

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