Nominations are open for the 2014 SPAR gsport Awards, South Africa’s longest running women’s sports awards launched in 2006 to laud South African women athletes, and the many valuable contributions made by women to raise the profile of the game.

The month-long nominations process will see the public nominate their top candidates across nine categories, including SPAR Athlete of the Year, Athlete of the Year with Disability, Up and Coming Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year.

A new category introduced this year is the Social Media Star of the Year, which will celebrate a social media account which best uses online tools to build an SA women’s sports brand.

Nominations can be made via the gsport website (gsport.co.za/nominations) and by email, sent to nominations@gsport.co.za.

gsport Founder Kass Naidoo said: “This is the third year that SPAR is on board as the title sponsor, and we are grateful for another opportunity to celebrate the best that South African women’s sport has to offer.

The nominations process will be overseen by gsport’s elite judging panel.

“Women’s sport is largely driven by the input of countless volunteers around the country, so its apt that the Awards reflect the public’s voice on who should be honoured.

“The major change this year is that our elite judging panel will choose the overall winners in athlete and coaching categories,” said Naidoo.

SPAR Group Marketing Executive, Mike Prentice, said: “SPAR is privileged to be part of gsport’s efforts to honour women in sport. It complements our existing women’s sports sponsorships properties and creates synergy between them.”

The 2014 SPAR gsport Awards take place in November at the prestigious Wanderers Club in Johannesburg.

 

The 2014 SPAR gsport Awards for which public nominations are being sought are:

  • SPAR gsport Athlete of the Year
  • Athlete of the Year with a Disability
  • Up and Coming Athlete of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Woman of the Year
  • Woman in Media
  • Style Star
  • Social Media Star of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year

 

For each nomination, gsport requires the following information:

  • Name of the person being nominated;
  • The 2014 SPAR gsport Awards category the person is being nominated in;
  • Contact details of the person being nominated;
  • Name of the person submitting the nomination;
  • Contact details of the person submitting the nomination; and
  • A few compelling reasons why the person being nominated should be considered for an award at the 2014 SPAR gsport Awards

 

Photo Caption: The 2013 SPAR gsport Athlete of the Year, Mapaseka Makhanya, pictured delivering her celebratory speech after accepting her trophy from Mike Prentice, Group Marketing Executive of SPAR Group Ltd, at the Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg, on Wednesday, 20 November, 2013. The impressive athlete beat off stern competition in international surfer Bianca Buitendag and Kirsten McCann to win at the 2013 SPAR gsport Awards. Photo: Rebecca Hearfield / gsport