South Africa’s queen of the pool, Tatjana Schoenmaker has been nominated for the FISU Best Athlete Award due to her efforts at the World Students Games in Napoli in July 2019.
This is the first international accolade that Schoenmaker will be vying for as the swimmer has had an incredible year so far, clinching double gold medals in the 100 and 200m breaststroke finals at the Student Games and going on to improve her South African and continental record in the 100m breaststroke.
The 22-year-old also became the first South African woman to win a medal at the world long-course championship in Gwanju, South Korea, when she finished second in the 200m breaststroke final at the FINA Swimming World Championships.
Schoenmaker Took Away a Ministerial Award at the Momentum gsport Awards gala
Apart from this special recognition that highlights Schoenmaker’s success, she was one of five recipients honoured at the 2019 Momentum gsport Award evening on the 30th of August when she was presented with a Ministerial Award for her outstanding contribution to women’s sport.
The International University Sports Federation awards ceremony is set to take place on 15 November 2019, in Turin, Italy.
Photo 1 Caption: South African swimming sensation Tatjana Schoenmaker accepting her Ministerial Award at the 2019 Momentum gsport Awards ceremony on the 30th of August 2019. Photo: Frennie Shivambu