UFS crowns athletics achiever

2017-10-11 06:00
Athlete Kesa Molotsane is the first woman in five years who is not a netball player to be crowned KovsieSport Senior Sportswoman of the Year. Maryka Holtzhausen (2013 and 2014) and Karla Mostert (2015 and 2016) were the winners of the last four years. Molotsane received her award from Prof. Francis Petersen, rector and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

Athlete Kesa Molotsane is the first woman in five years who is not a netball player to be crowned KovsieSport Senior Sportswoman of the Year. Maryka Holtzhausen (2013 and 2014) and Karla Mostert (2015 and 2016) were the winners of the last four years. Molotsane received her award from Prof. Francis Petersen, rector and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State. Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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It took Kesa Molotsane seven years of hard work and patience to excel and all this time she has been a Kovsie student at the University of the Free State (UFS).

This star athlete had an amazing year and was crowned KovsieSport Senior Sportswoman of the Year, while Wayde van Niekerk is the KovsieSport Senior Sportsman of the Year for a fifth consecutive time.

The 400 m Olympic champion surpassed the record held by himself and Franz Kruger for most successive sports awards for men (four), and equalled Kruger’s record (five) for the most men’s titles overall.

The cream of the crop was honoured at the KovsieSport Awards, held in collaboration with the Volksblad Free State Sports Stars Awards, in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, 27 September.

Kwenzo Blose, who represented the South African u.20 rugby team at the Junior World Cup, was named junior sportsman for a second consecutive year.

The netball player Khanyisa Chawane is the KovsieSport Junior Sportswoman of the Year. She captained the South African u.21 netball team at the World Youth Netball Championship.

Blind athlete Louzanne Coetzee and her guide, Khothatso Mokone, received a special award for disabled sport. Coetzee took part in the Paralympic Games and has set many records.

Senior Sportswoman Molotsane competed at the World Cross Country Championship in Kampala, is the leader of the Spar Women’s Grand Prix 10 km series and represented South Africa at the World Student Games.

Molotsane says being the best female athlete is humbling.

“It took me long enough to get here and it needed a lot of work from my side over many years. I have been with Kovsies for seven years and I am only getting this after so long.”

She commended Karla and Tanya Mostert who were nominated with her.

“Karla is an inspiration for children from primary school up to high school learners.

“She has always been there and knows what it means to really be a sports star. Her younger sister, Tanya, is the upcoming one. It is amazing to be on stage with both of them,” she said.

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