2018 Old Mutual Spirit of Comrades winners announced

2018-10-24 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedFrom left: Dean Wight (Top Charity Fundraiser), Brian Swart (Quadruple Green Name), Grant Cummings (Runner-up Top Charity Fundraiser), Bob de la Motte (Spirit of Comrades), Matshelane Mamabolo (Top Journalist), Dr Jeremy Boulter (Quadruple Green Name), Bongmusa Mthembu (Winners Jacket), Dave Dixon (Quadruple Green Name), Danie de Wet (Spirit of Comrades) and Braam Mouton (who received Spirit of Comrades on behalf of Bruce Hargreaves).

PHOTO: suppliedFrom left: Dean Wight (Top Charity Fundraiser), Brian Swart (Quadruple Green Name), Grant Cummings (Runner-up Top Charity Fundraiser), Bob de la Motte (Spirit of Comrades), Matshelane Mamabolo (Top Journalist), Dr Jeremy Boulter (Quadruple Green Name), Bongmusa Mthembu (Winners Jacket), Dave Dixon (Quadruple Green Name), Danie de Wet (Spirit of Comrades) and Braam Mouton (who received Spirit of Comrades on behalf of Bruce Hargreaves).

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THREE outstanding individuals who showcased the true spirit of The Ultimate Human Race over the course of their running careers were selected by the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) for this year’s prestigious Old Mutual Spirit of Comrades Awards.

The annual awards gala celebrated the goodwill and noble qualities associated with the spirit of the Comrades Marathon.

The awards gala was hosted at the Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban on Friday, October 12 together with major sponsor Old Mutual.

The Old Mutual Spirit of Comrades Awards gala honours three remarkable individuals every year for their very human attributes of selflessness, dedication, perseverance and ubuntu; combined with their love for The Ultimate Human Race.

The prestigious awards event has been hosted by the CMA since 1991.

The three Old Mutual Spirit of Comrades recipients are awarded a one-ounce, 24-carat gold medallion. More than that, the award is a very notable recognition of someone who embodies the Comrades spirit and inspires others to do good and be a shining example of goodness for humanity.

Over 70 individual nominations were received this year, the majority of which were submitted by Comrades Marathon runners and the general public.

The CMA welcomes nominations from the public at large, as well as its members and other stakeholders.

The CMA’s Heritage and Traditions Committee adjudicated the nominations and made recommendations that were then approved by the CMA Board.

The awards criteria place special emphasis on Comrades Marathon winners, legends, volunteers and otherwise ordinary heroes and heroines who through individual acts of service, sacrifice, courage or perseverance — either in a single race or over a period of time — exhibit the noble qualities associated with The Ultimate Human Race.

— Supplied.

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