MAMELODI Sundowns swept the boards at tonight’s Gauteng Sport Awards. Their star player Hlompho Kekana was crowned Sport Personality of the Year, while head coach Pitso Mosimane was declared Coach of the Year. To cap a great night, the PSL outfit picked up the hotly contested Team of the Year.
Lawrence Brittian of TUKS Rowing edged out stiff competition to claim the Sportman of the Year award while the Sportwoman of the Year award went to Tanita Ramburuth Hurt of Wits Sport.
Athlete Maria Combrink won the Sportwoman of the Year with a Disability and Wheelchair Tennis star Evans Maripa took home the Sportman of the Year with a Disability. The collective of athletes at isAbility Sport Athletics Team were voted Sport Team of the Year with a Disability.
On the media front, SABC1’s Sport@10 was voted Sport Programme of the Year, Kaya FM’s Mbali Mokoko emerged victorious in the Journalist of the Year award category and Jozi FM collected the Community Media of the Year award.
Mdevas Mokubela of Kaizer Chiefs scooped the Sport Fan of the Year as voted for by the public.
Some 18 trophies were handed to deserving winners from different sporting codes. A record three Lifetime Achievement recipients were honoured Peter ‘Terror’ Mathebula, Selinah Metsing and Maurizio Mariano.
The glittering star-studded occasion broadcast live from The Globe of SilverStar Casino in Mogale City was attended MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in Gauteng Faith Mazibuko and mayors, officials and dignitaries.
Hosted by the charismatic Thomas Mlambo and Vaylen Kirtley, it was an explosion of sport and entertainment with musicians setting the celebratory tone. Presenters were sporting personalities, government officials and celebrities from TV, radio and print media.
This year’s theme celebrated the legacy of struggle icon OR Tambo. It opened with a montage marking the life and times of the former ANC president. The stage was set for a magnificent night of celebrating the finest in sporting talent.
Faith Mazibuko, Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation comments: ‘What happened tonight was truly spectacular. Gauteng, take a bow. I’m proud of how our achievers were honoured and the worthy winners celebrated. This is a special project of the department and we wish to see it grow in leaps and bounds in years to come. Congratulations to all who took awards home and to all who made tonight such a great success. We are proud of the production values of the show and the service providers who came to the party, who are mostly black women by the way. Till next year.’
Complete list of winners:
Sportman of the Year – Lawrence Brittian – TUKS Rowing
Sportwoman of the Year – Tanita Ramburuth Hurt – Wits Sport
Sport Team of the Year – Mamelodi Sundowns – Football
Sportwoman of the Year with a Disability – Maria Combrink – CGSAPD Athletics
Sportman of the Year with a Disability – Evans Maripa – Wheelchair Tennis South Africa
Sport Team of the Year with a Disability – Disability Sport Athletics Team – Athletics
Coach of the Year – Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns) – Football
Technical Official of the Year – Mpho Makhoba (Tennis South Africa) – Tennis
Administrator of the Year – Gussie Bartlett (Eastern Gauteng Wrestling Association) – Wrestling
Rand West City Most Promising Athlete of the Year – Sheldon Thomas (UJ Sport for Disability) – Athletics
Most Promising Team of the Year – Gauteng Under-19 Girls Team – Wheelchair Basketball
Journalist of the Year – Mbali Mokoko – Kaya FM
School Sport Athlete of the Year – Mary Dzimba – Athletics
Community Sport and Recreation Programme of the Year – In-Touch Community Support Group – Hockey and Football
Community Media of the Year – Jozi FM
Sport Programme of the Year (Public vote) – Sport@10
Sport Fan of the Year (Public vote) – Mdevas Mokubela
Sport Personality of the Year (Public vote) – Hlompho Kekana