Battle is On For the Brand SA Para Sport Star of the Year 

The most celebrated athlete in the Brand SA Para Sport Star of the Year category, Kgothatso Montjane, will battle it out against Charlene Pienaar and Simoné Kruger at the 2023 Momentum gsport Awards. Photo: Kgothatso Montjane (Instagram)

The most celebrated athlete in the Brand SA Para Sport Star of the Year category, Kgothatso Montjane, will battle it out against Charlene Pienaar and Simoné Kruger at the 2023 Momentum gsport Awards.

Montjane has been dominating global headlines for her outstanding performances on court, which include winning her first Grand Slam title at the 2023 Roland Garros wheelchair doubles event. 

The 37-year-old then went on to win the French Riviera Open wheelchair doubles title and earned a runners-up medal at Wimbledon.

Speaking on making the shortlist once again, Montjane expressed: “I am really honoured and excited to be nominated again, nominations on its own are just a reminder of how consistent I have been and how consistent I am in this sport.

“Being back as a finalist really means a lot to me and it serves as a great motivation for me to keep working hard.”

Featuring alongside Montjane, South Africa’s first disabled female golfer and first time finalist, Charlene Pienaar, etched her name in history books when she became the first disabled South African golfer to claim a World Championship title at the ISPS Handa IBGA World Blinc Championship.

Pienaar continued her success when she successfully defended her SA Woman’s Blind Open title.

She says winning the award would be a way for her to raise awareness for the blind and disabled community.

“My journey has ignited a deep passion within me to uplift and motivate others and this award will help me to not only represent the disabled community but raise awareness of blindness on a national and international forefront.”

                                                                                                        She added: “I want to help people discover that their disability should not limit how you live life; you can still achieve your dreams. Challenges are made to be overcome no matter how long it takes, never give up your faith!”

Concluding the award category is Simoné Kruger daughter of 2021 Momentum gsport Awards Supporter of the Year winner, Andries.

Kruger set a new discus world record at the World Para Championship in France, securing gold. At the Winelands Para Athletics competition earlier this year she shattered four records first discus and shot put and in May she also set a new African record for discus.

“Being a finalist for the gsport Awards is a big honour! Because most of the athletes are really good athletes and strong competitors. Just being one of the finalists is really a big honour and just amazing.”

Kruger says it would be amazing to win the award because she knows she has such strong competitors she is going up against for this Award.

“Personally, if I win, it will just be an honour,” she concluded.

Head over to gsport.co.za/voting to vote for your favourites across 20 categories until midnight on Thursday, 31 August 2023! 

Photo 1 Caption: The most celebrated athlete in the Brand SA Para Sport Star of the Year category, Kgothatso Montjane, will battle it out against Charlene Pienaar and Simoné Kruger at the 2023 Momentum gsport Awards. Photo: Kgothatso Montjane (Instagram)

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