Minister Xasa Calls for Deserving Nominations for the 2018 gsport Awards

Nominations are open for the 2018 gsport Awards, South Africa’s longest running women’s sport Awards.

Sport and Recreation South Africa Minister, Tokozile Xasa, has urged the public to nominate outstanding individuals who are championing women’s sport around the country.

“The success of the gsport Awards is as a result of strong community support. I urge the public to put names forward of deserving candidates who should be honoured on the national stage in August.

“Well done to gsport for creating this platform which allows us to recognise and honour icons and role models of women’s sport,” Minister Xasa said.

The four-week nominations process will see the public nominate their top candidates across 18 individual categories, including Athlete of the Year, Athlete of the Year with Disability, Emerging Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year.

There is one new category this year – Woman in PR and Sponsorship – which lauds efforts in the public relations and sponsorship space to raise the profile of women’s sport in South Africa

gsport Founder Kass Naidoo said: “It has been an outstanding year of performances, both on and off the field, and we are excited to receive the public’s recommendations as to who should be shortlisted for a gsport Award this year.

“Commercially, women’s sport is heading in a positive direction, and it is exciting to introduce a new award that honours work being done in this regard.”

Once nominations close on 20 June, gsport’s judging panel will choose the top three finalists and cast their vote for the final winner in each category. Public voting will weigh in with 20%.

Most Awards categories refers to the Year Under Review to specify the performance window for the 2018 gsport Awards, which is 1 July 2017 to 20 June, 2018

Nominations can be submitted until midnight on Wednesday, 20 June, via the gsport website ( or via gsport’s social media channels, @gsport4girls on facebook and twitter, while nominations by email can be sent to [email protected].


2018 gsport Awards Categories Now Open for Public Nominations:

1.    Athlete of the Year

2.    Athlete of the Year with Disability

3.    Emerging Athlete of the Year

4.    School Sports Star

5.    Team of the Year

6.    Coach of the Year

7.    Woman of the Year

8.    Woman in Print

9.    Woman in Radio

10.  Woman in Social Media

11.  Woman in PR and Sponsorship

12.  Woman in Television

13.  2016 Style Star

14.  Volunteer of the Year

15.  Supporter of the Year

16.  Federation of the Year

17.  Sponsor of the Year

18.  Special Recognition


gsport Seeks the Following Information Supporting Nominations:

  • Name and contact details of the person submitting the nomination*
  • Name and contact details of the nominee
  • Which category the candidate is being nominated in
  • A few compelling reasons why the person being nominated should be considered for an award at the 2018 gsport Awards

* All qualifying candidates are encouraged to nominate themselves directly


Editor’s note: This post was updated at 11h55 on Wed 23 May 2018 to include Sport and Recreation South Africa Minister Tokozile Xasa’s comments.

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