Commonwealth Games double gold medallists, Caster Semenya and Tatjana Schoenmaker will battle it out for gsport Athlete of the Year with Wimbledon semi-finalist KG Montjane making up a formidable top three for this prestigious Award.
They lead a strong list of 54 finalists for the 13th edition of SA’s longest running national women’s sport awards. Public voting to help determine the winners kicks off in the gsport Voting Hall at noon on Wednesday 19 July, and will close at 6pm on Sunday, 12 August.
The trio are double finalists with Schoenmaker a finalist for Emerging Athlete of the Year alongside junior 400m champion hurdler, Zeney van der Walt and 2017 SPAR Grand Prix champion, Kesa Molotsane.
Montjane is shortlisted with veteran athlete, Zanele Situ, and top para-cylist, Toni Mould for the Athlete of the Year with Disability award.
Semenya is up against top rugby official, Aimee Barret-Theron for Woman of the Year and dynamic tennis change maker, Mpho Makhoba.
Makhoba, who selflessly works to develop tennis in SA, is a triple finalist this year, along with publisher and long-time sports activist, Cheryl Roberts.
Makhoba is also a finalist in Volunteer of the Year with Dlala Ntombazana founder, Josina Tellie and KFC Mini-Cricket coach, Eunice Gonyela. She also features in the Special Recognition Award category alongside women’s football coach, Sheryl Botes and boxer, Bukiwe Nonina.
Roberts is shortlisted in Woman in Print alongside Eastern Cape’s Vuyokazi Nkanjeni and leading sports photographer, Frennie Shivambu. She also features in Supporter of the Year with dedicated cricket supporter, Shannon Landman Kriel and philanthropist, Lukholo Jeneto.
Roberts’ efforts online have also been recognised as she is a finalist in the Woman in Social Media category alongside JVW Girls Football and women’s football coach, Ciara Picco.
The Women in Media categories are fiercely contested with Woman in Television boasting the powerful trio of Lindiwe Dube, Lebo Motsoeli and Romy Titus.
Rachel Makhura, who has dominated the Woman in Radio category in recent times, is up against international cricket commentator, Natalie Germanos, and Formula One fundi, Natalie le Clue.
The inaugural Woman in PR and Sponsorship category sees PR sports guru, Lali Stander shortlisted alongside Varsity Sport PR manager Marisa Calvert and Wiphold SA founder, Louisa Mojela.
2017 World Cup semi-finalists, the Momentum Proteas are shortlisted with National Ocean Racing team and USSA Women’s Football for Team of the Year.
SA U17 women’s football coach, Simphiwe Dludlu, is a finalist for Coach of the Year alongside leading sport for disability coach, Karin le Roux and USSA Women’s football coach, Thinasonke Mbuli.
School Sport Star of the Year Finalists are Gontse Morake, cricketer Anri Grobelaar and young karate star, Isabelle Visser vying for the title.
Seasoned SABC Sport TV anchor Vaylen Kirtley, leading SuperSport cricket broadcaster, Crystal Arnold and Kwese ESPN’s Reabetswe Mashigo are finalists in the Style Star of the Year category.
Sponsor of the Year Finalist Sasol is back to defend its crown against Private Property and Futurelife.
Athletics South Africa, Golf RSA and Wheelchair Tennis South Africa are shortlisted for Federation of the Year.
The Public Choice Award seeks to reward a Finalist who captured the public imagination and wins the largest public vote across all categories, without winning an Award.
Voting is open until 12 August to decide the Public Vote, which acts as the seventh judge in the process. The public vote is combined with the votes of the six-member gsport judging panel, to decide the overall winners. Votes can be cast at gsport.co.za/voting.
Winners will be announced at the 2018 gsport Awards on 31 August 2018, in Johannesburg.
2018 gsport Awards Finalists
|Athlete of the Year||Caster Semenya||Tatjana Schoenmaker||Kgothatso Montjane|
|Athlete with Disability||Zanele Situ||Kgothatso Montjane||Toni Mould|
|Emerging Athlete||Tatjana Schoenmaker||Zeney van der Walt||Kesa Molotsane|
|Coach of the Year||Karin le Roux||Simphiwe Dludlu||Thinasonke Mbuli|
|School Sports Star||Gontse Morake||Anri Grobbelaar||Isabelle Lily Visser|
|Woman in Television||Lindiwe Dube||Lebo Motsoeli||Romy Titus|
|Woman in Radio||Rachel Makhura||Natalie le Clue||Natalie Germanos|
|Woman in Social Media||Cheryl Roberts||JVW Girls Football||Ciara Picco|
|Woman in Print||Frennie Shivambu||Cheryl Roberts||Vuyokazi Nkanjeni|
|Woman in PR & Sponsorship||Lali Stander||Louisa Mojela||Marisa Calvert|
|Woman of the Year||Caster Semenya||Aimee Barret-Theron||Mpho Makhoba|
|Style Star Award||Vaylen Kirtley||Reabetswe Mashigo||Crystal Arnold|
|Supporter of the Year||Lukholo Jeneto||Shannon Landman-Kriel||Cheryl Roberts|
|Team of the Year||Momentum Proteas||National Ocean Racing||USSA Women’s Football|
|Volunteer of the Year||Eunice Gonyela||Josina Tellie||Mpho Makhoba|
|Federation of the Year||Golf RSA||Athletics SA||Wheelchair Tennis SA|
|Special Recognition||Mpho Makhoba||Sheryl Botes||Bukiwe Nonina|
|Sponsor of the Year||Private Property||Futurelife||Sasol|
Image Caption: 2017 gsport Awards winners take in the moment at the conclusion of the night’s broadcast in which 24 champions of women’s sport in SA were recognized for outstanding work driving the movement forward. Photo: gsport