The gsport judging panel has a tough task of choosing four Leading Ladies of the Year to be unveiled at the 2011 gsport Awards on Monday, 1 August 2011, with twelve outstanding women battling it out for gsport glory across the four Leading Ladies categories.
The judging panel is made up a gsport representative, 2007 gsport Hall of Fame inductee, Hazel Gumede, sports media veteran, Jane Bramley and Diamond Face Couture owner, Uyanda Mbuli.
gsport Editor Kass Naidoo said: “This year, we decided to eliminate public voting from the main awards, and have left it up to the experts to find the ultimate winner in each category. We thought long and hard about the selection of nominees and the judges have admitted the competition is much stiffer this year than in previous years.”
Athlete Caster Semenya, hockey star Pietie Coetzee and football ace, Noko Matlou, have been nominated for the 2011 gSTAR of the Year award, which recognises a sportswoman, who has stood out for her achievements, both on and off the field.
Head of Women’s Football at the South African Football Association (SAFA) Nomsa Mahlangu, visual skills and performance specialist Dr. Sherylle Calder, and Acting Director-General in the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) Sumayya Khan have been nominated for the 2011 gsport Woman of the Year award, which recognises a woman who has achieved in her chosen field, and stands out as a role model for women.
The nominees for the 2011 Women in Media award are Cricinfo and Soccernet journalist Firdose Moonda, Proteas men’s cricket team media officer, Lerato Malekutu and Kick Off Magazine football analyst Melissa Reddy. This award recognises a woman who has made her mark in the male dominated field of sports media.
The 2011 gsport Style Star of the Year award will be hotly contested between FHM Sexiest Woman Shashi Naidoo, popular 5FM radio personality Poppy Ntshongwana and Expresso breakfast show host Liezel van der Westhuizen. This award is presented to a woman whose style exudes confidence, passion, and self belief.
Another highlight of the morning is the induction of the 6th gsport Hall of Fame recipient.
gsport has also introduced two new awards, Sponsor of the Year and Sports Federation of the Year, to laud entities that go the extra mile for women’s sport. The 2011 gsport Volunteer of the Year will also be announced.
Follow all the action in the build-up to the event on gsport.co.za, facebook.com/gsport4girls and twitter.com/gsport4girls. The official event hashtag is #gsportawards