It’s back! The 5th Annual gsport Awards take place on 3 August 2010 at the prestigious Wanderers Club in Johannesburg. The gsport Awards celebrates the best of South African women and lauds the valuable contributions of individuals dedicated to the promotion of women in sport in South Africa.
The gsport Awards coincided with the launch of the gsport… for Girls! initiative in August 2006 and in the first year consisted of one award, the gsport Hall of Fame inductee. The inaugural winner was the one and only Penny Heyns and she delivered a stirring speech to a handful of women who gathered in the Sir Herbert Baker Suite at the Westcliff Hotel for cake and tea.
In 2007, gsport introduced the four Leading Ladies of the Year awards, gsport Volunteer of the Year award and the gsport Personal Account Writer award, and the event has grown in stature ever since.
“The calibre of winners since Penny Heyns has been phenomenal. There is no doubt this country has strong, talented individuals who are making their mark in the world of women’s sport and their careers in general.”
Information about the nominees for the 2010 gsport Awards will be published soon, at which stage you will be able to participate in internet voting to decide the finalists. Deciding on the winners is the task of the Elite Panel, where they will consider categories including the Woman of the Year Award, the Woman in Media, the Style Star, and the annual athlete of the year in the gSTAR Award.
2009 gsport Award Winners:Hall of Fame: FIFA World Cup ambassador and former Banyana Banyana captain Desiree Ellis Woman of the Year: South Africa’s first ever female boxing promote, Mbali Zantsi Woman in Media: Producer of the Discovery Sports Centre on Metro FM Beverly Maphangwa Style Star of the Year: Socialite and businesswoman Uyanda Mbuli gSTAR of the Year: Women’s boxer Noni Tenge Volunteer of the Year: KZN freelance writer and sports enthusiast Lunga Ntuli Personal Account Writer of the Year: The first woman racer in the Wesbank Series Clare Vale