It was a night that truly honoured our Sporting Greats, up-and-coming talent and the federations, schools and administrators that turn our youth into future sports stars. "Our sporting heroes are our Nation's pride," remarked Minister Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Sports and Recreation.
The SA Sports Awards winners pose with Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula.
"They continually represent our country at an extremely high level, and our some of our best ambassadors. Tonight at the SA Sports Awards we honoured all the Sports Stars big and small the way they deserve to be honoured, as stars."
The awards provided the perfect platform to showcase our sportsmen and women, as well as performers. The hall was abuzz as Chad le Clos was announced as Sports Star of the Year as voted for by the South African public. "Chad has not only won the heart of South Africans, but millions around the globe. His achievements at the Olympics have ascended him onto the world stage," remarked Minister Mbalula.
The ever jovial Chad Le Clos pretends to take a bite out of his Sports Star Of The Year Trophy.
Other category wins and highlights included Vernon Philander being announced Sportsman of the Yea.Oscar Pistorius who made history this year by being the first double amputee to compete in both the Olympics and Paralympics was announced as Sportsman of the Year with a Disability, whilst recently retired Swimming Sensation Natalie du Toit was announced as Sportswoman of the Year with a disability. The Queen of the track Caster Semenya was announced as Sportswoman of the Year, and up-and-coming Rugby star Siyamthanda Kolisi was announced Newcomer of the Year. The South African Rowing Team affectionately known as the "awesome foursome" were announced as the Team of the Year.
Below includes a full list of the winners for the night:
Sports Star of the Year:
Chad le Clos – Swimming South Africa
Sportsman of the Year:
Vernon Philander – Cricket South Africa
Sportsman of the Year with a Disability:
Oscar Pistorius – Athletics South Africa
Sportswoman of the Year:
Caster Semenya – Athletics South Africa
Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability:
Natalie du Toit – Swimming South Africa
Team of the Year:
Administrator of the Year:
Wimpie du Plessis – Rowing South Africa
Newcomer of the Year:
Siyamthanda Kolisi – Rugby South Africa
Coach of the Year:
Joseph Mkhonza – Banyana Banyana
Indigenous Games of the Year:
Team KZN – KZN Indigenous Games Council
Federation of the Year:
Rowing South Africa
Journalist of the Year:
Velile Mbuli – SABC
Photographer of the Year:
Sydney Seshibedi – The Star
School Team of the Year:
Ithembelihle Comprehensive School – SA Rugby
Developing School Team of the Year:
Nkunzimbini Junior Secondary School - African Football Championship
Best Recreation Body of the Year:
Vhakhegula Vhakhegula - Limpopo Grannies in Football
Volunteer of the Year:
Sondiso Magajana - Judo South Africa
Steve Tshwete Lifetime Award 2012 Winners: Elijah Tap Tap Makhithini (boxing), Papwa Sewgolum Sewsunker (golf), Sam Ramsamy, Petros Molemela (football), Sally Little (golf), Joost van der Westhuizen (rugby). Green Jacket recipients for 2012 Matthews Motshwareteu (athletics), Blanche Moila (athletics), Grant Khomo Was bestowed with order of Ikhamanga (cricket, rugby, football and tennis), Nelson Teenage Dladla (football).
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