The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), the Cape Town Sport Council and the City of Cape Town (CoCT) hosted the Cape Town Sport Awards at the Cape Town Civic Centre on 31 July 2017.Athletes from across the city were awarded for their efforts in their respective sporting codes in 23 different categories. Richard Buckley, chairperson of the Cape Town Sport Council, welcomed guests and thanked all contributors for making the event possible.The keynote address was delivered by the Director of Sport Development, Paul Hendricks. He gave guests some insight into the Department’s flagship Mass participation; Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) Programme and the research conducted over 7 years regarding the ten-thousand-hour rule. This alludes to the fact that a child should be able to master a particular activity such as sport if he/she practises for ten thousand hours. Athletes who took part in the MOD programme have benefitted greatly with some now representing the province in international tournaments. He concluded by congratulating and thanking athletes for excelling in their respective sport codes.The evening ended with the announcement of the winners of the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year categories – this year these titles were awarded to Seabelo Senatla (Western Province Rugby) and Anzel Laubscher (Western Province Chess) respectively. Winners of the regional awards will be nominees at the Western Cape Provincial Sports Awards in September. Thereafter the winners of the Provincial Awards will be put forward as nominees for the South African Sport Awards.