Bavuma and Schoenmaker top Gauteng Sports Awards nominations

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Tatjana Schoenmaker. Photo: Roger Sedres/Gallo Images
Tatjana Schoenmaker. Photo: Roger Sedres/Gallo Images



Tokyo Olympics hero Tatjana Schoenmaker and Proteas white ball cricket captain Temba Bavuma are up for the main individual gongs at the Gauteng Sports Awards.

Swimming champion Schoenmaker, who bagged gold and silver in breaststroke events at the Olympics, will contest the Sportswoman of the Year award, while Bavuma is vying for the best sportsman accolade after he led the Proteas to wins over a touring Ireland in the T20, as well as other victories in the 20-overs series against the West Indies and Sri Lanka.

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The two are among a long list of nominees who were revealed at a ceremony hosted by Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC Mbali Hlophe in Sedibeng on Friday.

The tenth edition of the awards will take place on November 14, where the winners will emerge from 19 categories, up from 16 in previous years.

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Because many sporting codes resorted to staging virtual events due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisers have added to the line-up an Online Virtual Sport and Recreation Programme of the Year category. The other new categories are the aMaYanga-Yanga Athlete of the Year, which targets young athletes below the age of 14, and Federation of the Year.

Hlophe said:

It is with great delight that we announce the nominees of this year’s Gauteng Sports Awards. The pandemic caused us to put a halt to sport for more than a year and we have had to find unique ways in which to bring back sport to our communities.

“It was really difficult for us to have to cancel the 2020 edition of the Gauteng Sports Awards, and it gives us immense pleasure to be able to once again honour and reward Gauteng’s best athletes, administrators, coaches and media personalities who have been able to keep us entertained and who have overcome so much in the past 18 months.”

Accomplished wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso “KG” Montjane and Paralympic track and field star Ntando Mahlangu have been nominated for Disabled Sportswoman of the Year and Disabled Sportsman of the Year, respectively.

Mahlangu was Team SA’s star at the Tokyo Paralympics, where he brought home gold in the long jump and in the 200m race.

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The 19-year-old and Montjane will also face-off against Schoenmaker and Bavuma in the Sports Personality of the Year category.

This award will be voted for by the public. The process opened on Friday and will close at midday on November 14.

To vote, SMS SPORT followed by the nominee number below to 45682:

  • Sport01 for Kgothatso Montjane
  • Sport02 for Tatjana Schoenmaker
  • Sport03 for Ntando Mahlangu
  • Sport04 for Themba Bavuma

Gauteng Sports Awards 2021 finalists

Sportsman of the Year

Morgan Moss (karate)

Marinda Malajika (boxing)

Temba Bavuma (cricket)

Sportswoman of the Year

Tatjiana Schoenmaker (aquatics)

Tiane De Bod (karate)

Panashe Chirange (netball)

Sports Team of the Year

Tuks Aquatics

Imperial Lions Cricket

Kad Volleyball Club

Disabled Sportswoman of the Year

Kgothatso Montjane (wheelchair tennis)

Simone Kruger (para-athletics)

Sheryl James (para-athletics)

Disabled Sportsman of the Year

Ntando Mahlangu (athletics)

Pieter Du Preez (cycling)

Isaac Asanda Bidla (blind cricket)

Sports Team of the Year With a Disability

Central Gauteng Lions Blind Cricket

Gauteng Ladies Wheelchair Basketball

Kwa Thema Disability Sport Club

Coach of the Year

Rocco Meiring (aquatics)

Illse Roets Female (gymnastics)

Hendrick Ramaala (athletics)

Hendriks Petrus (athletics)

Technical Official of the Year

Charmaine Glynis (archery)

Bella Mpho Makhobo (aquatics)

Josie Milella (hockey)

Administrator of the Year

Isaac Asanda Bidla (cricket)

Anton Jordaan (aquatics)

Siyabulela Loyilane (football)

Most Promising Athletes

Simone Kruger (para-athletics)

Kyle Albert Blignaut (athletics)

Caitlin Rooskrantz (gymnastics)

Online Virtual Sport and Recreation Programme of the Year

Almero Loius (chess)

Nelson Mandela Legacy Ride (virtual cycling)

Dumile Skade Education (cricket)

Gauteng North Figure Skating

Sports Fan of the Year

Simon Tlhatlha (tennis)

Biishop Motona (football)

Bulelwa James (football)

Sports Personality of the Year

Tatjana Schoonmaker

Ntando Mahlangu

Kgothatso Montjane

Temba Bavumba

Journalist of the Year

Mpumi Manyisi (Soweto TV)

Nandi Buthelezi (Wits Sport)

Thaakir Dawood (freelancer)

aMayanga-Yanga Athlete of the Year

Kajol Naidoo (chess)

Levi Fick (athletics)

Kaylen Niemann (cross-country)

Community Sport and Recreation Programme of the Year

Hammanskraal Tennis Club

Thandanani Drop Inn (cycling)

Faith and Hope Foundation (football and netball)

Federation of the Year

Gauteng Netball

Central Gauteng Lions Cricket

Aquatics Gauteng

Community Sports Media of the Year

Soweto Community TV

Mapepeza Community newspaper

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