Future winners of the Free State Sport awards will receive much improved incentives in addition to awards for their excellence. The Free State MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Creation, Limakatso Mahasa, announced there will be considerable improvement in incentives for all category winners. She was speaking at the awards ceremony held in Bloemfontein on 16 August, where Karla Pretorius was named sports star of the year. The annual event recognises sportsmen and sportswomen for their achievements in their respective fields and for representing the province as well as the country internationally.“Our responsibility is to change the lives of all our sportsmen and women for the better. In this regard prize monies for awards recipients will no longer range from R2 000 to R5 000 but will now range from R10 000 to R20 000.”She announced that winners of the prestigious sports star of the year accolade will get a whopping R25 000 in cash. The 2019 recipient of this top accolade was netball star Karla Pretorius. She was also sportswoman of the year. Pretorius is rewarded for influential role in helping the Proteas to finish in fourth position overall at the 2019 Netball World Cup staged in Liverpool, England from 12-21 July. Pretorius was named as the deserving player of the tournament award at the 2019 Netball World Cup and becoming only the second SA player to receive this coveted award after Erin Burger, who won it at the 2011 Netball World Cup in Singapore. The FS sport awards reward provincial athletes and role-players as the media in keeping the passion of sport alive in the hearts of millions locally, nationally and internationally. Winners in the media category were Kgothatso Mokone of the Mangaung Issue and Celeste Klopper, journalist of the year and photographer of the year, respectively. Winners of other categories were: Chris Dednam, badminton (administrator of the year), Dawid Barnard, archery (sportsman of the year), Tankiso Hata, table tennis (sportsman of the year with a disability), Louzanne Coetzee, paralympic athlete (sportswoman of the year with a disability), Raynard van Tonder, cricket (newcomer of the year), Rufus Botha, para-athletics (coach of the year), Mosoeu Mosoeu, table-tennis (volunteer of the year), Gregory Tsoai, dibeke (indigenous games star of the year).