School Sports Star of the Year, Minentle Miya will use her R20 000 cash prize from the 2019 Momentum gsport Awards to fund her upcoming World trip to Namibia for the African Youth Chess Championships.

Speaking to gsport exactly a week on from the prestigious event, Miya said: “Thank you for the recognition and the precious award. I am very excited and honoured to be the recipient of this award. It is motivation to me and other kids to work hard and do well in sports. I am very happy about the prize money, as it will help me in my trip to Namibia for the African Youth Chess Championships. Thanks again to gsport4girls.”

The announcement of prize money was made by founder of the gsport Trust, Kass Naidoo at the 14th edition of the country’s longest running women’s sport Awards when she told the audience that it was time to put money into the pockets of winners.

Other major award winners have also expressed their gratitude for the finance and most pointed out the money will allow them to invest in their careers.

The biggest winner on the night, Thembi Kgatlana, who won the Momentum Athlete of the Year Award with a cash prize of R20 000, was ecstatic about her victory and the cash prize that came with her achievement.

“Winning this award means a lot to me, knowing how tight it was because I was nominated with two phenomenal women that is Caster Semenya and Gerda Steyn. I mean the award could have been won by anyone between the three that’s how tough it was. In most cases, when people are nominated there is always one that has more or better chances of winning before the actual day of revealing the winner. But, this nomination for Athlete of the Year kept me excited and to have won it made me super happy and motivated me to keep on going even on my lowest days.

“There is a first time for everything, and to have to have won the award and prize money, what more can I ask for? I’m truly honoured!”

Woman of the Year award winner, Saray Khumalo walked away with a R5000 cash prize and the first Black African woman to summit Mount Everest would love to take up the option to donate her winnings to a charity of her choice, especially in the sporting world to assist academies.

“Winning was overwhelming and a huge pat on my shoulders and those that are in the mountaineering world. It is a recognition of our efforts as we continue to lift the country’s flag all over the world. Since it’s my first win, I have nothing to compare it to but it’s always a great incentive for full time sports men and women.”

For para-athlete, Kgothatso Montjane, she is extremely honoured to have received her fourth Athlete of the Year with Disability Award and has pointed out that the introduction of the prize money makes the award more valuable as it serves as a purpose to assist athletes with extra financial concerns.

“I’m really honoured to have won the award, serves as motivation to keep working hard because sometimes to defy odds all one needs is motivation to keep going.

“It’s great to see prize money being added to the prestigious awards that has always had value, the prize makes them even more valuable as most athletes we will use the prize to invest into our careers to make sure our careers keep blooming.”

Not only has the award and the prize money been a highlight for the winners, but doors have sprung open as Emerging Athlete of the Year, Rogail Joseph has expressed.

“It really means a lot to me. It’s still unbelievable! With everyone’s support this side, I knew that the award will be mine and I’m really proud and thankful. Today, I’m a motivation for the next generation that also dream to be where I am, and this award has opened a lot of doors for me,” she ended.

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: Kgothatso Montjane, pictured receiving her  fourth Athlete of the Year with Disability Award at the Momentum gsport Awards ceremony on Saturday, 31 August, 2019, with a cash prize of R20 000. Photo: Frannie Shivambu