The South African Sport Awards 2019: HONOURING OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN SPORT
The 14th annual South African Sport Awards were a groundbreaking event that saw the hard work and outstanding performances of various sport stars being honoured and awarded at the remarkable Playhouse, in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. The successful event that was proudly brought to you by the Department of Sport and Recreation and the department of Arts and Culture drew an audience of dignitaries from the sports fraternity, business sector, Ministers, stakeholders, governmental heads as well as celebrities and the media (print, broadcast and online platforms).
The South African Sport Awards, as an excellence recognition Programme under the Winning Nation, recognized the massive feat that the sports fraternity has achieved and how it continues to inspire the nation. This comes on the backdrop of the South African Netball team being crowned the 2019 Africa Netball cup Champions and the euphoria that envelops the country over the Springboks’ historic Rugby World Cup win, and in the spirit of devotion and celebration of 25 years of democracy, the South African Sport Awards further highlighted the patriotic nature of sports through its role in unifying the country.
The department of Sport and Recreation South Africa acknowledged the sportsmen and women who have represented the country in competitive tournaments and stood out as ambassadors on global stages. Netball South Africa was among the biggest winners of the night, walking away with the National Federation of the Year Award. In the highly contested ‘People’s Choice’ award category, Siya Kolisi was the overall winner taking home a brand-new car as well as R200 000. The category was one of the many highlights of the evening as it was voted for by the fans. The power was placed in their hands to decide which athlete, through their outstanding performances, captivated them the most. For the first time since its inception, the awards managed to amass over 90 000 votes, cementing the leaps that have been made over the years.
The big winners of the evening were Tatjana Schoenmaker, who won the coveted award for Sport Star of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year awards, she received an incredible winner’s flagship of R220 000 cash and a brand new car in prizes. Moruti Mthalane emerged as one of the first category winners from the boxing fraternity in the ceremony; he walked away with the sought-after award of Sportsman of the Year.
South Africa continues to produce IzinjaZeGame which are athletes that can compete as ambassadors on world class-stages.
South African Sport Awards 2019 Winners:
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR CECILIA MOLOKWANE
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR MORUTI MTHALANE
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY NTANDO MAHLANGU
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR TATJANA SCHOENMAKER
PEOPLE’S CHOICE OF THE YEAR SIYA KOLISI
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY ANRUNE LIEBENBERG-WEYERS
TEAM OF THE YEAR SPAR PROTEAS
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR MICHEAL HOULIE
COACH OF THE YEAR RASSIE ERRASMUS
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR MERVYN MOOI
THE RECREATION BODY OF THE YEAR UNITED THROUGH SPORTS
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR PHILIP MAETA
SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR NDUDUZO DLADLA
SCHOOL TEAM OF THE YEAR ST BENEDICTS COLLEGE
DEVELOPING SCHOOL TEAM OF THE YEAR IKHWEZI LESIZWE PRIMARY SCHOOL
INDIGENOUS GAMES TEAM OF THE YEAR KWAZULU NATAL KHOKHO FEMALE TEAM
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE YEAR NETBALL SOUTH AFRICA
SPORT STAR OF THE YEAR TATJANA SCHOENMAKER
Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement Awards recipients:
1. Koos Radebe( Sports Broadcasting commentary, formerly of Radio Zulu and founder Station manager for Metro Fm, also former General manager for SABC Tosport before it became SABC Sport.
2. Clive Barker, 1996 Afcon winner with Bafana Bafana and qualified the team to the first ever Fifa world Cup,
3. Fran Hilton Smith, a great and international recognized and pioneering leader of Women's football in the country.
4. Jomo Sono, was technical advisor to Clive Barker.
5. Thulani " Sugarboy" Malinga, the first South Africa boxer to win the prestigious WBC Super- middleweight title in England.
6. Chester Williams, 1995 Rugby World Cup winner posthumous
Minister Excellence Awards:
2. Sim Tshabalala, Young gold sensation
3. Edward Mothibi, winner of the Comrades Marathon
4. Zade Waddell, swimmer won the 50m meters gold backstroke at the World Aquatic Championship
5. Daryl Impey who won stage 9 of the Tour DE France on Bastille Day.
6. Karla Pretorius
FOR MORE INFORMATION KINDLY CONTACT:
Mr. Mickey Modisane
Head of Marketing and Communications
Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa
Office Tel: 012 304 5159
Mobile Tel: 082 992 0101