Reigning gsport Supporter of the Year, Selina Munsamy, is back in the running for top honours in this category for the 2021 Momentum gsport Awards alongside community-driven long-distance runner, Nontu Mgabhi and dedicated father Andries Kruger, who uses his camera to raise the profile of women’s sport.
One cannot think of supporters of women in sport without mentioning 2020 winner, Selina Munsamy. Munsamy’s support for women in sport is consistent both on and off the field. Those who follow her on social media get front row seats as she cheers women in sport on a daily basis. Her passion and dedication earned her the position of KZN Women’s Cricket Manager since August 2019. She selflessly takes time to encourage kids around her local community to get active through sport.
Over the years, Munsamy witnessed women like Mama Joy Chauke, Cheryl Roberts, Anet Bosman and Shannon Landman-Kriel take this award and wondered what it felt like until her turn at the 2020 Momentum gsport Awards where she was crowned the Supporter of the Year.
When she spoke to gsport, she couldn’t contain her excitement at being a finalist this year: “Wow three years in a row of being a finalist in the Supporter of the Year category. That’s really special, I feel truly honoured and humbled by the recognition. Thank you to gsport, the panel of judges, everyone who nominates and votes for me.
“This is such a special category for me, it shows that people really appreciate the love and support I have for my fellow women in sport. I love what I do and wouldn’t trade it for anything, I am a where I am because many other women rallied and continue to rally behind me and I do the same for others, it really is what we do best as women in sport. To all the big companies that come on board, year in and year out to support us through gsport, you make it so easy for all of us to be ambassadors of your products in our daily lives,” said Munsamy who is hoping that the votes will see her walk away with her second Momentum gsport award.
Alongside Munsamy in this category is long-distance runner, Nontu Mgabhi, who uses sport to positively impact her community. Mgabhi ran seven marathons in seven days, across seven continents in the World Marathon Challenge, to raise funds for Khiphinkuzi Primary School in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal. She is passionate about positively impacting the lives of the youth, especially girl children. In 2020 she raised R1.7 million in funds that have been used to fix the school. She also put in commendable work to ensure sponsorship for 300 full uniforms for pupils in need.
Mgabhi is over the moon to be a finalist in this category: “I am so happy and honoured to be a finalist in this category considering that my biggest joy comes from supporting young girls in the rural areas. This recognition goes to everyone who supported my dreams even when they seemed unreal at times. What the Momentum gsport Awards do continues to reinforce that there is a space for more women to support other women, especially in the world of sports.
“I would like to thank all brands backing the Momentum gsport Awards. This means that there are real people behind these brands who really care about supporting women in sport and the different platforms in which they operate. I wish every other finalist the best and cannot wait to see who walks away with the award, I am hoping that I take this home so I can take it to my girls in Mtubatuba.”
Some of the biggest supporters of women in sport are parents and the third finalist in this category is, Andries Kruger, a father to one of South Africa’s rising para sport stars, Simoné Kruger. Kruger stands by his daughter through thick and thin and uses his camera to drive media coverage and raise the profile of women’s sport. Whenever Simoné achieves on the track, he is the first to ensure that the media gets access to information.
He couldn’t believe the news that was a finalist for the 16th annual Momentum gsport Awards and shared his gratitude: “I want to thank the people that nominated me, the panel of judges for seeing me worthy and the entire gsport team for the great work that they do. Simoné and other women in sport, old or young are so blessed to be in a country where platforms like these exist to always inspire them to work harder, both at local and international stages.”