Ramduth, Victor and Khunou Battle for the SuperSport School Sports Star of the Year Award

South Africa's rising tennis star Kaitlyn Ramduth previously pictured in action on court. Photo: Tennis SA (Facebook)

Rising stars including tennis sensation Kaitlyn Leigh Ramduth, netballer Karla Victor and discus and shot-put champion Alicia Khunou are up for the SuperSport School Sports Star accolade at the 2023 Momentum gsport Awards.

The award category celebrates a young girl in sport who is 18 years or under and has excelled athletically. She is seen as a role model to the youth and is on her way to greatness.

Tennis’ Ramduth’s winning streak speaks for itself, boasting an impressive 6 titles. She is currently the U17 number one player in South Africa. Representing South Africa at the IC Rod Laver Finals Championships and joining the SA U20 team for the Brics game.

“Firstly I would like to thank gsport and Momentum for the great opportunity they afford to women in sport. I am honoured to be selected in the category of SuperSport School Sports Star of the Year yet again. I have worked constantly on realising my goals and this I believe is why I have managed to achieve much success in my journey. It is also a huge achievement to be recognized by gsport and Momentum and as a result I am greatly encouraged and highly motivated.”

Ramduth added: “It will mean a great deal to me if I won this award. I am entering a new season in my career and having previously had the honour of being a recipient of the 2020 School Sports Star of the Year Award, this would validate my continued efforts and persistent growth in my tennis career.”

Oranje Meisieskool’s Victor, who represented Free State Crinums at this year’s Telkom Netball League, was part of the South African squad who clinched gold at the AUSC Region 5 Games. The young star also led her school to victory at the DSTV School Netball Champs.

“It’s a big hounour to be a finalist! I am thankful for the opportunity that has come my way. It shows that my hard work that I have done throughout the year is being rewarded by being a finalist, it means so much to me.”

Victor added: “It will really mean a lot to me if I win! I think it will also inspire other school kids that one day they can also win the award. I just want to inspire them that they shouldn’t stop working and dreaming, they should just keep on working hard, because all of them can achieve their dreams. It will really mean a lot to me to inspire other people and give myself a confidence boost.

Khunou rounds up the impressive list. She has been breaking records in discus and shot-put. She’s placed second globally for shot-put and discus in her age group – U18.

“Being a finalist for the gsport Awards is an honour to say the least. I am really really grateful for this opportunity that has been presented to me.”

Khunou says if she were to win the award “it would be an honour!”.

“Coming in contact with the gsport Awards is already an honour on its own and to attend this prestigious award with so many incredible and amazing women is definitely something I would never forget.” 

Khunou says she’s striving towards showing women and young girls that you can be whoever you want to be regardless of where you come from and your appearance. 

“This award would be a physical representation of how far my team and myself have come and how much we have achieved. Being able to attend this amazing ceremony with so many women is just absolutely amazing!”

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Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s rising tennis star Kaitlyn Ramduth previously pictured in action on court. Photo: Tennis SA (Facebook)

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