BMX star, Miyanda Maseti, will battle it out with tennis stars, Kaitlyn Ramduth and Lilitha Ndungane for the SuperSport School Sport Star of the Year.
This award honours a young girl in sport 18 years or under, who has excelled athletically. She is seen as a role model to the youth and is on her way to greatness. The focus is on personal improvement alongside outstanding achievement during the Year under Review
Maseti is a three-time South African BMX Champion, two-time national champion and junior Protea colours recipient. In her six years of riding, Maseti has participated in four BMX World Cups and will be representing South Africa at the 2021 UCI BMX World Championships this year. She has participated in championships across the world and is honored to be a finalist in the SuperSport School Sports Star of the year category.
“Just finding out that I was nominated was so cool, I couldn’t believe it at first, it was so unreal and being a finalist for these prestigious awards is really one of my biggest milestones. Most of our sporting activities for this year were cancelled due to Covid-19 and I was really looking forward to breaking some boundaries out there but now I can still feel like a winner by virtue of being a finalist at the Momentum gsport Awards.
“I want to thank brands that support women in sport, broadcasters like SuperSport who always make sure that people can watch all the sporting activities happening all over the world and other brands that really support women in sport, they are changing our lives. gsport has done work that cannot be matched, them celebrating us means that we get to be exposed to the world, to the media, to potential sponsors and what more can a young athlete like myself ask for?”
Ndungane will become the first tennis player to represent South Africa at the U16 Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Future Stars tournament in China later in 2021. She is hard at work putting in effort to ensure that she is ready to fly the flag high and come home as a champion. Ndungane clinched the U16 singles title at the 2021 Junior Growthpoint Nationals in Bloemfontein and says among some of the best career achievements, being named a #gsport16 finalist comes out at the top.
“I am so thankful for this recognition, there are so many amazing things I have achieved and being a finalist for these awards that have celebrated and continue to celebrate women and contribute to our success will always mean the world to me. I dedicate this to my family, friends, team and every single individual or company that has put their weight behind my career; I can never do this alone.
“Looking at the caliber of athletes that I am in the same category as makes me realize how we sometimes downplay our own greatness,” said Ndungane. “These athletes are brilliant and work so hard and I am sure whomever takes this award home will definitely be deserving of it.
“I wish everyone the best and I cannot wait for the awards day.” – Lilitha Ndungane, SuperSport School Sport Star of the Year Finalist
Thank you to all the sponsors that support us and support gsport so that they can continue doing an amazing job. All the best to all the finalists and being a finalist means that you are already a winner”
Kaitlyn Ramduth, who won this award last year, will be hoping to defend her title at the Momentum gsport Awards. She is the top U18 female tennis player in KwaZulu-Natal. Ramduth is currently ranked number two in the country in the girls under 15 category. She has received numerous accolades and was recently elected as the ambassador for the BNP Paribas Rising Stars School Competition in South Africa. She is ecstatic to be a finalist once again.
“I am ecstatic and honoured to be selected as a finalist for the SuperSport School Sport Star of the Year award yet again, I have worked really hard to maintain my ranking amidst all the distraction this year and the hard work and consistency has paid off. I had amazing moments despite the pandemic and was selected as an ambassador for the BNP Paribas Rising Stars Initiative.
“This is a huge honour for me as it is a prestigious event that gives opportunities to young kids all over South Africa to learn and to grow. I want to thank gsport and Momentum for the indelible mark in my life and the lives of many other women young or old in sport. It empowers, highlights and encourages women to reach their full potential in the world of sport. Thank you gsport and Momentum for giving us this platform.”
The Momentum gsport Awards will premiere on SuperSport on 31 August 2021.
Photo Caption: 2020 winner of the SuperSport School Sport Star of the Year Award, Kaitlyn Ramduth, receives her trophy from Vusumuzi Mkhize, Director General of the Department of Sport Arts and Culture, in Johannesburg on 31 August, 2020. Photo: Sharon Seretlo / gsport