Leading SABC television and radio personality, Pearl Shongwe, will host the 2019 Momentum gsport Awards, just weeks after owning her success by summiting Kilimanjaro.
This was announced by the gsport Trust, which also confirmed that new SuperSport recruit, Kate Nokwe will host the Red Carpet while SuperSport football anchor, Thato Moeng will be the voice of the awards.
The 14th edition of the country’s leading women’s sport recognition platform will take place at the brand new Deck @ Wanderers on Corlett Drive, right next to Wanderers Cricket Stadium on Saturday, 31 August, when 25 new winners will be announced at a glitzy affair.
Founder of the Momentum gsport Awards, Kass Naidoo, said: “Over the years, gsport has been actively celebrating and elevating the success of women in sport in South Africa. When Momentum decided to come on board, it made perfect sense for the two initiatives to partner, as both share the same sentiments when it comes to women owning their success and boldly opening up about their accomplishments.”
“The three women who will lead this year’s event are leaders in their respective fields and have continuously encouraged women to stand in their light.”
Shongwe, who was the voice of the awards last year, is delighted to be elevated to the main stage as host of this prestigious recognition platform.
“Over the years, the Momentum gsport Awards has been an important vessel in not only raising the profile of women in sport, but also in ensuring that the voices of women are heard. Essentially, the awards, together with various stakeholders, have been the loudest vuvuzela and it is because of them that South African Women athletes are recognised.
“On a personal level, the awards have given me access to a community of women who continue to inspire me to play my part and to use my broadcasting talents to add to the chorus of voices that call for equity and justice for women in sport,” Shongwe ended.
Moeng, who will be the official voice of the Momentum gsport Awards, has an authorative voice and brings credibility to the story that will unfold on stage.
She appreciates that the awards not only recognise the athletes, but those behind the scenes as well.
“The Momentum gsport awards have always been an event everyone looks forward to, as it continues to recognise the hard work that women continue to do on and off the field, behind the scenes and in the front line of media ,” Moeng said.
With the awards having run for thirteen years, Moeng praised the initiative for being a game changer.
“The growth of these awards is a testament to the love and appreciation the nation has for our “shero’s”. Kudos to the Momentum gsport Awards for being a front runner, a game changer and truly the star player,” she concluded.
It all starts on the Red Carpet at 7pm when Nokwe will welcome the cream of South African women in sport who will be dressed for the occasion.
Nokwe is looking forward to an eventful evening that will see females across the spectrum come under one roof to celebrate one another.
“I will always look back at the Momentum gsport Awards fondly for countless reasons. Firstly, due to the nature of our jobs, we barely have time to get together as the industry girls. Each year we joke at how Kass is probably the only one who has constantly managed to get us into one room for a long-awaited catch-up session,” she joked.
Nokwe also pointed out that the event has taught her to celebrate her success without having to feel like she is blowing her own horn.
“Maybe, more importantly, we get a night where we look at our work and pat ourselves at the back. Kass reminds us to take a moment and celebrate with no apologies. We forget how crucial this is for personal growth and raising the female profile.
“The Momentum gsport Awards, has over the years, served as a reminder that South African athletes aren’t just male. This perception has changed quite significantly over the years. But the gsport Awards paved the way and made it ‘cool’ to honour female athletes. I truly believe these awards have contributed to the number of sponsorships we are seeing now in female sport,” she continued.
“The Momentum gsport Awards bust the myth that women can’t support each other. That’s extremely vital for me. Some of my biggest cheerleaders are my peers in the industry. The nature of this job likes to pit us against each other, and gsport reminds us ‘umntu ngumntu ngabantu’,” she ended.
Photo 1 Caption: The bubbly Thato Moeng’s voice will be heard all over the Deck @ Wanderers venue when the 2019 Momentum gsport Awards takes place. Photo: Thato Moeng
Photo 2 Caption: Sports journalist, Kate Nokwe will be leading the 2019 Momentum gsport Awards from the red carpet on Saturday, 31 August, 2019, where she will be showcasing all the glitz and glamour. Photo: Kate Nokwe
Photo 3 Caption: This year’s MC for the Momentum gsport Awards ceremony, broadcaster Pearl Shongwe, will be keeping the finalists’ nerves at bay as the special occasion takes place. Photo: @Lesole_Snap