Well deserved sports athletes win big at SA Sport awards in Durban

As expected Boks captain and Rugby World Cup winner Siya Kulisi, was named the People’s Choice of the Year, boxer Moruti Mthalane won Sportsman of the Year and swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker scooped two awards which includes -Sport Star Award and Sportswoman of the Year, respectively.

Kolisi, who was accompanied by wife said he was honoured at his age to have been given such responsibility to carry on his shoulders, the country and the team to this milestone.

“For now its about me as the captain but the real accolades should be directed to my teammates whom without, would’ve not achieved the world cup. Importantly, to my coach as well who took a gamble on me considering the injury I had prior to the world cup,” he told this reporter.

Youngster and Golf genious Sim Tshabalala says to be recognized by his country was fulfilling.

The (8) was presented with the Minister’s Excellence Award “with my name on”.

Asked he grade learner what made him to stay focus on both his Golf and studies, he commented shyly:” On anything that I do, I pray a lot with my family that helps me remain on my lane and respect others. Both my studies and Golf are important to me”.

“I hope other kids do the same: pray hard and respect their elders,” says ‘Sim Tiger’ (nickname) who coincidentally is a great fan of Tiger Woods and Louis Oosthuizen, respectively,” said the Grade 2 learner.

Boasting a handicap 1.7, ‘Sim Tiger’ clad in a blue-suit also thanked his father for he has been his pillar of strength and big critic.

Alan Fritz from Swimming SA, says although still battling with sponsorship they still continue to fly high the SA flag, with athletes breaking records world-wide.

The out-going Boks coach Rassie Erasmus noted that the RWC has once again united the country despite challenges we face.

“Yes, sport is a unifying factor and we trust this would boil down to the others,” says Erasmus who jokingly teased a cold-beer will do.

Winners list:

Choice Award

Siya Kolisi

Sport Star Award
Tatjana Schoenmaker

Sportsman of The Year
Moruti Mthalane

Sportswoman of The Year
Tatjana Schoenmaker

Coach of The Year
Rassie Erasmus

Volunteer of The Year
Mervyn Mooi – WINNER

Sportswoman of The Year with Disability
Anrune Liebenberg- Weyers

Sportsman of The Year with Disability
Ntando Mahlangu

Team of The Year
Spar Proteas

Newcomer of The Year
Michael Houlie

Indigenous Games Team of The Year
KZN Khokho Female team

Recreational Body
United through Sports

Photographer of The Year
Philip Maeta

Sports Journalist of The Year
Nduduzo Dladla

School Team of The Year 
St Benedict’s College

Developing School Team of The Year
Ikhwezilesizwe Primary School under 13

Federation of the Year
Netball SA

Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement Award
Clive Barker
Thulani ‘Shugaboy’ Malinga
Jomo Sono
Chester Williams

Minister Sport Awards of Excellence
Edward Mothibi
Zane Waddell
Karl Pretorious
Sim Tshabalala

Yes, inzinja Ze Game have spoken!

Image Mdu Mphahlele (Sim meet Siya. Golf genius Sim Tshabalala (Minister’s Excellence Award) posing with RWC winning captain Siya Kolisi at the 14th edition of SA Sport Awards held in Durban on Sunday evening.)

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