Lara van Niekerk, Akhona Makalima and Cato Louw Lead #gsport17 Finalists

South Africa’s Lara van Niekerk, Akhona Makalima and Cato Louw are double finalists as the gsport initiative unveils the 2022 Momentum gsport Awards shortlist.

The 17th edition of Africa’s longest running women’s sport recognition platform, is endorsed by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, and backed by leading insurance and financial advisory services, Momentum, as naming rights partner.

Van Niekerk’s inclusion in the Momentum Athlete of the Year and Sasol Global Woman in Sport categories comes on the back of an incredible performance on the world stage which saw her win double gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Alongside van Niekerk vying for the Momentum Athlete of the Year accolade is Banyana Banyana’s Hildah Magaia, as her brace in the final of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations secured the team’s first ever continental crown. South Africa’s first ever Commonwealth Games judo gold medalist, Michaela Whitebooi, concludes the top three.

Joining van Niekerk in the Sasol Global Woman in Sport Award category, FIFA-accredited referee, Makalima has been recognised for her ground-breaking achievements which saw her officiate at the recently concluded Women’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

After writing her name in the company of the most august of golfing history winning the Women’s British Open, Ashleigh Buhai, also makes the shortlist for the global gong.

There’s double glory for Makalima as she also features in the Imperial African Woman in Sport category alongside Namibia’s long-distance marathon champion, Helalia Johannes and former Ugandan footballer who has now ventured into developing women’s sport, Jean Sseninde.

Contesting for the prestigious Telkom Woman of the Year, award-winning Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Andile Dlamini features alongside world renowned Spar Proteas captain Bongi Msomi and Ingrid Avidon, who has completed 7 out of 12 extreme endurance sporting challenges this year.

Aiming to retain her Brand SA Para Sport Star of the Year title, Kgothatso Montjane’s global achievements have been recognised again this year. Paralympians Anruné Weyers and Louzanne Coetzee conclude the category.

Footballer Cimone Sauls, GolfRSA No.1 Gabbi Venter and discus star Lesedi Khunou compete for the SuperSport School Sports Star of the Year award, which shines the spotlight on a young girl in sport 18 years or under, who has excelled athletically, and is seen as a role model to the youth.

Nielsen Sports SA Sponsor of the Year lauds brands who put women’s sport first and will be contested by reigning award winners Hollywoodbets for backing women’s football in the country, Investec who sponsor women’s golf and Sasol as sole headline sponsor of the SA women’s senior national team and the Sasol League.

In the media categories, seasoned broadcasters, Cato Louw and Tumi Kgasoe battle it out with TV producer, Nono Xaba, for the coveted SuperSport Woman in TV award.

Louw will also look to defend her Woman in Radio accolade, as she features alongside Thobela FM’s Conny Matjipa and Ligwalagwala FM’s Xolile Mabuza.

Leading a dynamic Mail & Guardian Woman in Print category is SportsLive Media’s Dzudzie Faith Netshisaulu, FARPost’s footballer writer, Mpumi Manyisi and Independent Media rugby scribe, Wynona Louw.

The Woman in Social Media category features passionate community and news writer, Potso Aphane, Sponsorship and Marketing specialist, Jessica Nkomo, and co-host of the YouTube & Instagram show “The Bench SA”, Norika Naidoo.

The Woman in PR and Sponsorship category is a fierce contest as seasoned professional, Emy Casaletti-Bwalya from Opitmize Agency goes up against 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games PR & Communications Specialist Maphuti Hlako, as well as Group CEO of Unorthodox Group, Sibabalwe Sesmani.

Banyana Banyana’s CAF-winning coach Desiree Ellis, swimming coach Eugene da Ponte and gymnastics coach Ilse Pelser Roets, battle it out for Coach of the Year.

The Emerging Athlete of the Year, which recognises athletes excelling at national and provincial level will be contested by swim sensation Kaylene Corbett, BMX champion Miyanda Maseti and Commonwealth boxing bronze medalist, Phiwokuhle Mnguni.

Netball South Africa, the South African Football Association and South African Sport Association for the Physically Disabled, are recognised for their work to raise the profile of women in sport as finalists in Federation of the Year category.

The Team of the Year award will be contested by Women’s Africa Cup of Nations champions Banyana Banyana, followed by the Golf RSA and Momentum Proteas teams.

Amanda Dlamini, Mamello Makha and Tumi Mahloko light up the Style Star category which recognises vibrant South African women in sport who inspire women in sport to aspire to build powerful personal brands.

Vying for the Supporter of the Year gong, squash star Awande Malinga’s father, Celumusa, features alongside women’s rugby fanatic Henry Rutherford and football supporter, Nakedi Thlathla.

The Special Recognition Award includes former runner turned administrator Dorah Mngwevu, advocate for women and children’s rights in sport Olivia Jasriel and passionate women’s football supporter, Siyabulela Loyilane.

The Volunteer of the Year Award will be decided between para-sport advocate Zelma Basson, erstwhile cricket administrator, Molefe Talisemo and the first woman elected to WP Rugby’s Executive Committee, Shamila Sulayman.

The public help choose the winners through free voting which kicks off in the gsport Voting Hall at gsport.co.za/voting on Monday, 22 August 2022.

Voting will close at midnight on Wednesday, 31 August 2022. Register a free membership at gsport.co.za and show your support by voting for your leading candidate.

The finalist with the most number of votes, who doesn’t go on to win a category, will be declared the Public Choice Award winner.

The Momentum gsport Awards is endorsed by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, and supported by Brand South Africa, Nielsen Sports South Africa, Imperial, Sasol, SuperSport and Telkom.

 

2022 Momentum gsport Awards – Finalist Schedule:

 MOMENTUM ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Hildah Magaia

Lara van Niekerk

Michaela Whitebooi

 

TELKOM WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Andile Dlamini

Bongi Msomi

Ingrid Avidon

 

SASOL GLOBAL WOMAN IN SPORT

Akhona Makalima

Ashleigh Buhai

Lara van Niekerk

 

IMPERIAL AFRICAN WOMAN IN SPORT

Akhona Makalima

Helalia Johannes

Jean Sseninde

 

SUPERSPORT WOMAN IN TV

Cato Louw

Nono Xaba

Tumi Kgasoe

 

BRAND SA PARA SPORT STAR OF THE YEAR

Anrune Weyers (nee Liebenberg)

Kgothatso Montjane

Louzanne Coetzee

 

SUPERSPORT SCHOOL SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR

Cimone Sauls

Gabbi Venter

Lesedi Khunou

 

MAIL & GUARDIAN WOMAN IN PRINT

Dzudzie Faith Netshisaulu

Mpumi Manyisi

Wynona Louw

 

NIELSEN SPORTS SOUTH AFRICA SPONSOR OF THE YEAR

Hollywoodbets

Investec

SASOL

 

EMERGING ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Kaylene Corbett

Miyanda Maseti

Phiwokuhle Mnguni

 

WOMAN IN PR AND SPONSORSHIP

Emy Casaletti

Maphuti Hlako

Sibabalwe Sesmani

 

WOMAN IN RADIO

Cato Louw

Conny Matjipa

Xolile Mabuza

 

WOMAN IN SOCIAL MEDIA

Jessica Nkomo

Norika Naidoo

Potso Aphane

 

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Dorah Mngwevu

Olivia Jasriel

Siyabulela Loyilane

 

SUPPORTER OF THE YEAR

Celumusa Malinga

Henry Rutherford

Nakedi Thlathla

 

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Zelma Basson

Molefe Talisemo

Shamila Sulayman

 

STYLE STAR

Amanda Dlamini

Mamello Makha

Tumi Mahloko

 

FEDERATION OF THE YEAR

Netball South Africa

SAFA

SASAPD

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Desiree Ellis

Eugene da Ponte

Ilse Pelser Roets

 

TEAM OF THE YEAR

Banyana Banyana

Golf RSA

Momentum Proteas

 

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