Hayley Nixon Crowned Momentum Athlete of the Year

Canoe specialist Hayley Nixon smiles after winning the 2020 Momentum Athlete of the Year Award, in Johannesburg on 31 August, 2021. Photo: gsport

World Surfski Champion, Hayley Nixon, won the coveted Momentum Athlete of the Year at the 2020 Momentum gsport Awards, joining an esteemed list of winners, including double Olympic Champion Caster Semenya, Banyana Banyana star Thembi Kgatlana and Ultra Marathon record-breaker, Caroline Wostmann.

South Africa’s No.1 wheelchair tennis star, Kgothatso Montjane, won a tightly contested Athlete with Disability category, making her a five-time gsport Award winner and one of the most celebrated stars on the gsport stage.

In celebration of the 15th edition of the country’s longest running women’s sport awards, the Momentum gsport Awards introduced the Global Woman in Sport award, won by Netball World Cup Player of the Tournament, Karla Pretorius, in a tight contest, and the African Woman in Sport award, which went to African Football correspondent, Usher Komugisha.

Gymnastics in South Africa continues to rise with Caitlin Rooskrantz claiming the Emerging Athlete of the Year category, Elizabeth Smith the Special Recognition Award and SA Gymnastics Federation winning the Federation of the Year accolade.

The SPAR Proteas were rewarded for their stellar year on the court with the Team of the Year crown, with SPAR’s outstanding support and investment in the sport earning them the title of Sponsor of the Year.

Banyana Banyana may have missed out on the Team of the Year award, but their head coach, Desiree Ellis didn’t, as the 2009 gsport Hall of Famer went on to win Coach of the Year.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the game and the dedicated Siyabulela Loyilane from the National African Football Supporters Association was recognised for her efforts in football, winning Volunteer of the Year.

Rowing South Africa’s Virginia Mabaso joins an elite list of Woman of the Year Award winners after a pioneering season driving transformation in the sport.

Young rising stars, Kaitlyn Ramduth and Awande Malinga were also big winners on the night with Ramduth claiming top honours in the School Sports Star category and Malinga emphatically winning the public vote to secure the Public Choice award.

The Woman in Media categories featured some of the leading industry professionals making their mark in sports media. Marizanne Kok of Netwerk24 was named Woman in Print, SuperSport Rugby anchor, Motshidisi Mohono, nabbed her second gsport Woman in TV title with Itumeleng Banda of Massive Metro claiming the Woman in Radio award.

Netball star and socialite Jo Prins walked away with the Woman in Social Media award with Keabetswe Taele of M-Sports Marketing taking honours in the Woman in PR and Sponsorship category.

The Estee Lauder Style Star award went to Springbok women’s player and firefighter, Zinhle Ndawonde, who brought the glitz and the glam to the award show red carpet.

After missing out on honours last year, Selina Munsamy was unrelenting with her passion to support women’s sport and was deservedly crowned Brand South Africa Supporter of the Year.

Dudu Msane, a netball pioneer, who has dedicated over 40 years to championing the sport and unearthing new stars was inducted to the gsport Hall of Fame for her incredible efforts over the years which have paved the way for the current generation.

This prestigious recognition platform has been endorsed by the Department of Sport, Art and Culture since 2015 and this partnership makes an invaluable contribution towards generational equality each year.

The prestigious Minister’s Recognition of Excellence awards were presented to 2020 World Paralympics Surfing Championship silver medallist, Noluthando Makalima; Momentum Proteas batter, Laura Wolvaardt; 2020 African Games gold medallist canoeist, Nosipho Mthembu; World Cup winning Springboks physiotherapist, Rene Naylor and All Africa Games double gold medallist Tiffany Keep.

For the second year running, all winners will receive prize money ranging between R5000-R20000, in an unprecedented effort to give value and investment to the winners’ achievements.

Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Momentum gsport Awards team flipped the narrative to showcase women in sport in an innovative and spectacular way via a virtual awards presentation. Africa’s only national women’s sport awards ignited the conversation and profile of all finalists and winners and paved new paths for global women in sport to boldly own their success.


Category Winner
1 African Woman in Sport Usher Komugisha
2 Athlete of the Year Hayley Nixon
3 Athlete with Disability Kgothatso Montjane
4 Coach of the Year Desiree Ellis
5 Emerging Athlete Caitlin Rooskrantz
6 Global Woman in Sport Karla Pretorius
7 School Sports Star Kaitlyn Ramduth
8 Woman in TV Motshidisi Mohono
9 Woman in Radio Itumeleng Banda
10 Woman in Social Media Jo Prins
11 Woman in Print Marizanne Kok
12 Woman in PR and Sponsorship Keabetswe Taele
13 Woman of the Year Virginia Mabaso
14 Style Star Zinhle Ndawonde
15 Supporter of the Year Selina Munsamy
16 Team of the Year SPAR Proteas
17 Volunteer of the Year Siyabulela Loyilane
18 Federation of the Year SA Gymnastics
19 Special Recognition Elizabeth Smith
20 Sponsor of the Year SPAR
21 Public Choice Awande Malinga
Minister’s Recognition of Excellence Awards
Noluthando Makalima
Laura Wolvaardt
Nosipho Mthembu
Rene Naylor
Tiffany Keep



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