The Battle is On for The Brand SA Para Sport Star of the Year Award

Aiming to retain her Brand SA Para Sport Star of the Year title, Kgothatso Montjane’s global achievements have been recognised again this year, as she is joined by Paralympians Anruné Weyers and Louzanne Coetzee at the 2022 Momentum gsport Awards.

Vying for the award for the 6th time, global icon and certainly not a stranger to the awards stage, wheelchair tennis player, Montjane has received recognition for reaching the finals of the 2022 French Open in the women’s doubles category.

With what has been a consistent year for Montjane, she says: “It’s always great to know that my consistency in sport it being recognised, that’s what’s more important to me.”

Para-athlete, Louzanne Coetzee competed at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, winning a silver medal in the 1500m to set a new African record and went on to bag a bronze medal in the T12 women’s marathon in a new T11 world record time.

Having been involved with gsport for the longest time, Coetzee said she’s honoured to be a finalist.

“I’m very honoured to be a finalist. I’ve been involved with the gsport for a long time and it’s such an honour for me to just be a part of it and be a part of empowering women in sport. What gsport is doing is amazing so I’m very honoured to be a finalist and it’s a big privilege for me to be a part of everything that gsport does.”

As she continues to fly the South African flag high on the global stage, Coetzee reflects on her performances over the past year.

“Some of the moments that definitely stood out for me and my career has been the two races where I won the two medals at Tokyo Paralympic games last year, both of them in different ways but they definitely stood out for me. Another moment that stood out for me was in the past year… I was a Pacer at the two oceans half marathon which basically means you in essence guide a group of runners to run on a specific time that they want to run, so in essence you are helping the running community and helping members of the running community achieve their goals.”

As the Momentum gsport Awards is about celebrating women in sport, Coetzee reveals the impact gsport has had on her career.

“I think gsport has a great impact especially for women sport stars. I think female sport stars have it a little bit harder than male sports stars in a sense that sponsorships are not as easy to come by.

“The organisation and the awards really have an impact on female sports stars and they motivate them to continue doing what they’re doing because they know that people are recognising them and people out there are rooting for them. gsport on social media are always very supportive of my endeavours.”

Concluding the award category, Weyers, who is no stranger to the Paralympic stage won a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics in the T47 400m.

“I’m really excited and I’m honoured that I’ve been chosen to be a Brand SA Para Sport Star of the Year finalist and also hopefully it can awaken many stars among South African paralympic athletes and disabled communities, to inspire them to start moving and to use what God has given them.”

Weyers also speaks fondly about the gsport platform, saying: “I really am grateful for gsport, who have this platform to celebrate women in sport, celebrate their accomplishments and to celebrate their victories together. I think that’s also such important thing for young girls as well and women to not compare, and to encourage and empower each other, to celebrate one another and when we have victorious races and also when it’s not going well to also support each other.

“I think that’s the power of sport. So, thank you gsport for creating this platform where we as women can just celebrate and see what women are doing around the country and around the world in sport and representing the green and gold and representing so much more, inspiring the young girls and women in South Africa.”

You can catch the latest women’s sport news at the gsport Newsroom, and cast your vote your leading #gsport17 candidate at gsport.co.za/voting.

 

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