Meghan Maartens a Hat-Trick of Top Accolades at 2023 Madibaz Sports Awards

Water polo player Meghan Maartens’ magnificent 12 months in the pool earned her a hat-trick of Awards, including the Sportswoman of the Year Award, at the Madibaz Sports Awards on Thursday, 19 October, 2023. Photo: Michael Sheehan

Water polo megastar Meghan Maartens has received top honours at the Madibaz Sports Awards at Mandela University in Gqeberha on Thursday, 19 October, 2023.

Besides being named Sportswoman of the Year, the Director of Sport and Student Personality awards were also bestowed on Maartens.

“It’s a big honour to receive this award tonight, and to come from Cape Town to see all my friends and varsity family is very special. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. They have made this happen, so thank you.”

Madibaz Water polo megastar, and 2023 Sportswoman of the Year, Meghan Maartens

Maartens represented the elite South African team at the 20th Fina World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

They produced their best performance at the global showpiece, defeating Argentina to earn a place in the top 12 for the first time.

In that encounter, the Madibaz goalkeeper became the only member of the squad to be named player of the match during the competition.

The postgraduate education student was also included in the squad for the World Student Games, but was unable to go due to her selection to the senior team.

Selected Winners at the Madibaz Sports Awards on Thursday, 19 October, 2023:

Sportswoman of the Year: Meghan Maartens
Junior Sportswoman of the Year: Luchay Weideman
Technical Official of the Year: Cheryl Kotze
Administrator of the Year: Hildah Dikhudu
Director of Sport Award: Meghan Maartens
Community Outreach Award: SPAR Madibaz Netball Club
Student Personality of the Year: Meghan Maartens
Club of the Year: SPAR Madibaz Netball Club


Photo Caption: Water polo player Meghan Maartens’ magnificent 12 months in the pool earned her a hat-trick of Awards, including the Sportswoman of the Year Award, at the Madibaz Sports Awards on Thursday, 19 October, 2023. Photo: Michael Sheehan

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