Excitement is building as the gsport team prepares to unveil a top list of Momentum gsport Awards finalists on Monday, 2 August, to kickstart public voting, after #gsport16 judges shortlisted the top three finalists in each category.
For a second year in a row, the judging process took place virtually due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which restricts gatherings.
The elite judging panel had their work cut out as they sifted through a stellar nominees list to conclude the final top three.
“It’s crystal clear from this year’s judging process that the participation and recognition of girls and women is sport is growing and gsport can expect exponential growth in future entries,” revealed Accenture Africa Women’s Forum Lead, Ntombi Mhangwani.
“Truly privileged to have been part of the judging process this year. I have certainly grown and loved experiencing the determination of our women and girls in sport.” – Accenture Africa Women’s Forum Lead, Ntombi Mhangwani
Mhangwani was particularly excited to be part of the judging panel, saying: “This is an exciting time for women and sports. Truly privileged to have been part of the judging process this year. I have certainly grown and loved experiencing the determination of our women and girls in sport.”
Former gsport Special Recognition winner and second time awards judge, Marsha Cox, echoed Mhangwani’s sentiments adding how grateful she is for the platform gsport provides to celebrate the success of women in sport.
“I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the judging panel this year. It was an extreme honour to work with so many amazing women and to be tasked with a challenging job as all candidates are winners in their own right.
“The tough job only highlights how women are achieving and breaking barriers. Inspiring and motivational, and grateful to gsport for giving women this platform to shine.”
First-time judge, African blogger Tatenda Gondo, reveals the judging process was a challenge, however, she believes all nominees should be celebrated for their contribution to women’s sport.
“The awards judging process was an inspiring occasion for me. Despite it being a tough process I am confident the outcome will not only celebrate athletes that have won medals and broken records but also those whose contribution to sports is often overlooked,” she concluded.
2021 Momentum gsport Awards Judging Panel:
Amy Daley – Nielsen Sports South Africa Client Services Manager
Cynthia Tshaka – Renowned sports broadcaster, former gsport Special Recognition award winner
Marsha Cox – Former SA women’s hockey captain, former gsport Special Recognition winner
Mary Papayya – South African National Editors Forum Representative
Nthangeni Tshivhase – Department of Sport, Arts and Culture Co-ordinator
Ntombi Mhangwani – Accenture Africa Women’s Forum Lead
Tatenda Gondo – Seasoned African sports journalist
Photo 1 Caption: Marsha Cox (pictured) and six leading Judges had their work cut out, sifting through stellar nominations to select the three finalists in each category at the 2021 Momentum gsport Awards ahead of public voting. Photo: Supplied