SPAR gsport Awards Nominations Open

Nominations have opened for the 2012 SPAR gsport Awards. gsport has appointed six Ambassadors to drive nominations for the Awards, and pictured with SPAR's Belinda Nel (left) and Brett Botten (right) are (from left) Roxy Burger, Shashi Naidoo, gsport's Kass Naidoo, Mpho Maboi and Hulisani Ravele. Anele Mdoda and Liezel van der Westhuizen were not present at the Ambassadors Reveal, but are keen contributors to the effort to laud our nation's women in sport. Nominations can be submitted at the gsport website, on twitter and facebook, and also by fax and sms (standard network charges) Photo: Reg Caldecott / gsport4girls

Public nominations have opened for the 2012 SPAR gsport Awards, which lauds South African women athletes, and many valuable contributions made to raise the profile of South African women in sport.

The month-long nominations process will see the public nominate their top candidates across eight categories, including new categories Coach of the Year, Up and Coming Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Year with a Disability.

Nominations can be made via the gsport website ( or via gsport’s social media channels, @gsport4girls on facebook and twitter, and nominations by email can be sent to [email protected] Nominations can also be sent by sms to 074 529 5619 and will also be received by fax at 086 725 0734.

gsport Founder Kass Naidoo said: “Women’s sports stars are expected to perform on the field. It is our job to laud and celebrate them. That is the main reason why we have opted for a public nomination process this year. We want South Africa to tell us who deserves to be celebrated.

“The judges’ role this year will be to trim down nominations to a final list of three contenders in each category, before a public voting process will take place to find the eventual winners.”

One of the highlights of the Awards will be the unveiling of the 2012 gsport Hall of Fame candidate, who follows an illustrious list of women who have so far been honoured, including international swimming icon, Penny Heyns, eighties netball phenomenon Hazel Gumede, running legend Elana Meyer, former Banyana Banyana captain Desiree Ellis, community sports activist Motlatsi Keikabile, and Eastern Cape women’s rugby pioneer, Dorothy Tsotsobe.

The 2012 SPAR gsport Awards for which public nominations are being sought are:
* The 2012 gsport Woman of the Year Award
* The 2012 gsport Woman in Media Award
* The 2012 gsport Style Star Award
* The 2012 gsport Athlete of the Year with a Disability
* The 2012 SPAR gsport Athlete of the Year
* The 2012 gsport Up&Coming Athlete of the Year
* The 2012 gsport Coach of the Year; and
* The 2012 gsport Volunteer of the Year
For each nomination, gsport requires the following information:
* Name of the person submitting the nomination
* Contact details of the person submitting the nomination
* Name of the person being nominated
* The 2012 SPAR gsport Awards category the person is being nominated in
* Contact details of the person being nominated (if known); and
* A few compelling reasons why the person being nominated should be considered for an award, at the 2012 SPAR gsport Awards

Six influential South African women have been appointed as ambassadors for the 2012 SPAR gsport Awards. The aim of the ambassador program is to encourager greater public participation in the nominations and voting process.

The awards ambassadors are media and entertainment personalities, Roxy Burger, Mpho Maboi, Anele Mdoda, Shashi Naidoo, Hulisani Ravele, and Liezel van der Westhuizen.

The 2012 SPAR gsport Awards take place on 20 November 2012 at the prestigious Wanderers Club in Johannesburg.

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