Welcome to the 2018 gsport Awards Page!
Thank you South Africa for these amazing #gsport13 winners!
Caster Semenya is making a habit of winning on the gsport Awards stage, bagging her fourth SRSA gsport Athlete of the Year title at the 13th edition of the country’s longest running women’s sport awards.
Semenya, who also won Woman of the Year, was not on hand to receive the double accolade due to international competition, and asked Banyana Banyana coach, Desiree Ellis, to thank the public for their support, as she committed to keep representing South Africa with pride.
Fellow Commonwealth Games double gold medallist, Tatjana Schoenmaker, was also a big winner on the night, winning the Sasol Emerging Athlete of the Year while seasoned Paralympian, Zanele Situ, won Athlete of the Year with Disability.
Rising athlete, Gontse Morake walked away with School Sports Star of the Year presented by Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation,
2017 Cricket World Cup semi-finalists, Momentum Proteas, bagged Team of the Year presented by Big Five Duty Free.
Glamorous SABC Sport broadcaster, Vaylen Kirtley, won the Estee Lauder Style Star of the Year.
Last year’s Woman of the Year, Mpho Makhoba, was also a double winner, taking home Special Recognition and Volunteer of the Year for her sterling efforts to raise the profile of women’s tennis in South Africa.
Travelling Momentum Proteas supporter, Shannon Landman-Kriel, was rewarded for her passion as a fan when she won Supporter of the Year.
Dedicated golf PR practitioner, Lali Stander, won the inaugural Woman in PR and Sponsorship award.
Leading SABC Sport anchor, Lebo Motsoeli defended her crown, once again winning Woman in TV.
Channel Africa’s Rachel Makhura was also a repeat winner in the Woman in Radio category while Frennie Shivambu, became the first photographer to win at the gsport Awards, taking home the Woman in Print award.
Sports activist and publisher, Cheryl Roberts, defended her Woman in Social Media title.
Long-time softball volunteer, Thelma Achilles, was inducted into the gsport Hall of Fame, for over 40 years of dedicated sports volunteerism.
Women’s hockey sponsor, Private Property, were crowned Sponsor of the Year while Golf RSA was named Federation of the Year, both for their ongoing efforts to raise the profile of women’s sport.
Champion disability sport coach, Karin le Roux, won the gsport Coach of the Year award.
2017 SPAR Grand Prix winner, Kesa Molotsane, won the gsport Public Choice Award, after securing the public vote.
The evening concluded with Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Tokozile Xasa, honouring formidable women in sport in five Ministerial Recognition Awards.
The recipients were Rikenette Steenkamp, Saray Khumalo, Palesa Manaleng, Mbali Zantsi and Blanche Moila.
Recognised for excellence in sport in celebration of the Albertina Sisulu Centenary were five Special Recognition Awards received by Zanele Situ, Anrune Liebenberg, Kgothatso Montjane, Louzanne Coetzee and Natalie du Toit.
The gsport Awards is a partnership between the gsport Trust and SRSA, supported by M-Sports Marketing, TSO Productions, Vision View, Gauteng Sport, Sasol, SABC Foundation, Estee Lauder, Big Five Duty Free, WorldWide Sports, Nyapotse Inc, SAB&T Nexia and Red Bull.
Winners at the 2018 gsport Awards:
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||Karin le Roux|
Photo Captions: 2018 gsport Awards winners take in the moment at the conclusion of the night’s broadcast in which champions of women’s sport in SA were recognized for outstanding work driving the movement forward. Photo: gsport
Background on the 2018 gsport Awards:
The nominations window for the 2018 gsport Awards was from Wednesday 23 May until midnight, Wednesday, 20 June 2018.
Public Voting was live at the gsport website from 19 July to 12 August, 2018
For all Award categories which specify the Year under Review among its qualifying criteria, the performance window for the 2018 gsport Awards was from 1 July 2017 to 20 June, 2018.
Below follows the citations for the individual 2018 gsport Awards. Click on this link to read all posts using the 2018 gsport Awards tag, check the gsport Newsroom regularly for updates on the Awards, and follow @gsport4girls on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for breaking SA women in sports news.
This award goes to a sportswoman who has excelled at an international or senior level during the Year under Review (1 July, 2017 to 20 June, 2018). She is a leading women’s sports brand who has broken barriers and set the benchmark for other athletes to follow.
This Award aims to raise the profile of sportswomen with disability in South Africa and is based on performances during the Year under Review*. She breaks records and dispels myths about people living with disability.
This award is presented to an emerging sportswoman of any age, who has excelled at a national and provincial level during the Year under Review*. It honours the stars of tomorrow to inspire them to sporting greatness.
This award goes to a sportswoman under the age of 18 who has excelled athletically. She is seen as a role model to the youth and is on her way to greatness. The focus is on personal improvement during the Year under Review* alongside outstanding achievement.
This award is presented to a team of sportswomen of any age, who have excelled as a unit during the Year under Review*. The team should embody efforts to honour the ideals of a democratic South Africa in terms of diversity and unity.
This Award is presented to a coach (any gender) who made a significant impact on women’s sport during the Year under Review* and is actively involved in growing the careers of South Africa’s leading sportswomen.
The business of women’s sport is taking centre stage at the moment and this award recognises a formidable woman who is leading the way in breaking further ground commercially and in terms of development.
This brand-new award stems from the growth of the women’s sport brand in South Africa, and lauds efforts in the public relations and sponsorship space to raise the profile of women’s sport in South Africa during the Year under Review*.
This category honours a woman who creates powerful online content about SA women in sport. This Award will be won by the candidate who is able to demonstrate a convincing edge using Social Media during the Year under Review*.
This award is presented to a woman in print who is excelling in her environment, and using her position to create powerful journalist content about SA women in sport. This Award will be won by demonstrating a convincing edge as a print journalist in either or both focuses during the Year under Review*.
This Award is presented to a woman in sport who is using her voice to promote women’s sport on radio. The winner is able to demonstrate a convincing edge as a radio journalist during the Year under Review*.
This award is presented to a woman who has successfully broken into the male-dominated world of sports TV. She also uses her platform to create powerful content about SA women in sport. The winner is able to demonstrate a convincing edge as a television journalist during the Year under Review*.
This award recognises a vibrant South African woman in sport who has become synonymous with a leading sense style and elegance. She serves as an inspiration to all women in sport who aspire to grow and build powerful personal brands.
Volunteers are the backbone of amateur sport. This award recognises a long serving individual (any gender) that selflessly gives their time and resources to help raise the profile of women’s sport in South Africa.
Women’s sport is championed by true supporters. From parents to guardians, friends and relatives, everyone pulls their weight to ensure their favourites get across the line. This award is presented to an individual who goes out of his or her way to fuel the success of our sportswomen.
This Awards seeks to reward contributions beyond the call of duty, which are widely acknowledged to have made a positive impact for the good of SA women in sport.
SA women in sport continue to break new ground commercially. This Award seeks to applaud the Commercial Sponsor who has exceeded its competitors in supporting women’s sport during the Year under Review*.
All Sports Federations are focusing time and resources on developing the twin requirements of women’s athletic potential, and including women in leadership positions and governing structures. Which Federation has made the greatest strides in the Year under Review*?
* For categories which specify the Year under Review among its qualifying criteria, the performance window for the 2018 gsport Awards is the year from 1 July 2017 to 20 June, 2018.