Nominees thrilled

2015-11-04 12:38
RECOGNISED: Wayde van Niekerk.  Photo: Sidwell Guduka

RECOGNISED: Wayde van Niekerk. Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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THE 2015 South African Sports Awards will be held at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Bloemfontein on 22 November.

The nominees for this year’s event were announced at the SABC studios in Johannesburg on Tuesday (03/10).

Bloemfontein boys Motshwari Mofokeng and Wayde van Niekerk were nominated in the categories of Photographer of the Year and Sportsman of the Year, respectively.

Speaking to Express from Durban, Mofokeng said he was blown away by the nomination.

“It is such an incredible honour to be nominated. I am really happy. I am absolutely thrilled by the nomination and to be considered, because there are many good photographers in the country.

“I feel extremely honoured to be considered a worthy recipient of this prestigious title. I think this is the beginning of greater things to come to me as far as my career is concerned.”

Mofokeng, who was born and bred in the dusty streets of Freedom Square in Bloemfontein, works for the Independent Media Group in Durban.

He started his career back in 2009, working for the Mangaung Issue in Bloemfontein, before moving to The Star newspaper in Johannesburg.

“At first, I didn’t believe people who phoned me from Johannesburg telling me that I have been nominated in the South African Sports Awards. I think three people put calls through to me looking for my details, then I realised this was actually a reality.

“After the official announcement had been made live on TV on Tuesday, my friends from accross the country started calling me.

“Others sent their congratulatory messages on my phone and social networks. I am really humbled by their love and support. Hopefully I will win the award,” said Mofokeng.

Meanwhile, Van Niekerk, who gives it all in his races, was deservedly nominated and he is already a favourite to walk away with the title.

The 23-year-old, who recently won the 400 m race at the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, said he was thrilled.

“Being nominated in the South African Sports Awards is nothing but a blessing to me. I am really excited to be recognised for my hard work,” said Van Niekerk.

“It means a lot to me, because South Africa has a wealth of talented athletes across so many sports.

“I think this is due to my achievement this season. It is good to see that the whole country is supporting me,” he added.

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