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2023 GAUTENG SPORT AWARDS FINALISTS REVEALED

The finalists in the running for the 12th edition of the annual Gauteng Sports Awards, have officially been unveiled by the Gauteng MEC of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Ms Morakane Mosupyoe.

The announcement of the finalists for the prestigious 2023 awards took place at the Chief Mogale Hall in the West Rand region of the province.

This year’s sport awards have 20 categories, including the new Sport Photographer of the Year category, and the highly coveted Sport Personality of the Year, which now has a brand-new car incorporated into the grand prize.

Excellence achieved from grassroots to professional level is celebrated across an array of sporting codes and shines a spotlight on the development of women and young athletes in school sport. Stand out highlights such as the all-female finalists in the Coach of the Year and Technical Official of the Year categories, as well as the recognition of the highly decorated Clapham High School U15 Soccer Team, who recently emerged as first ever boys winning team of the inaugural Gauteng Schools Football Champions Wednesday League, showcase the much-deserved recognition of efforts towards the constant elevation of sport in the province.   

During the announcement MEC Morakane Mosupyoe said: “This event is a celebration of talent, dedication and relentless pursuit of excellence within the world of sport in Gauteng, the Home of Champions. Each finalist embodies the spirit of resilience, discipline and passion that we only find in our sporting community. These athletes not only excelled in their respective fields, but have also become role models for up-and-coming athletes.”

“As we unveil the finalists, let us remember that behind every achievement lies countless hours of training, sacrifice and commitment to be the best. Whether you win or not, you are all winners in my book,” added MEC Mosupyoe.

The Gauteng Sport Awards are hosted annually to honour, and reward Gauteng’s best sporting talent, paying tribute to individuals, teams and organization who have excelled in sporting activities on and off the field during the considered period of 01 August 2022 to 31 July 2023.

The 2023 Gauteng Sport Awards gala ceremony will take place on in November 2023.    

The Finalists for the 2023 Gauteng Sport Awards:

SPORT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR          

NameSporting Code 
Kgothatso MontjaneWheelchair Tennis 
Simone KrugerPara – Athletics
Temba BavumaCricket
Ahmad MahomedKickboxing

SPORTMAN OF THE YEAR                           

NameSporting Code
Christina Beyers de KlerkArchery
Ahmad MahomedKickboxing
Jacques HornEquestrian

SPORTWOMAN OF THE YEAR                      

NameSporting Code
Salaamah MahomedKickboxing
Zeney van der WaltAthletics
Taylon BieldtAthletics

MOST PROMISING SPORT TEAM OF THE YEAR   

NameSporting Code
Clapham High School U15 Soccer TeamGauteng Schools Fooball/SAFA Schools Gauteng
Dondol Stars Football ClubMamelodi Local Football Association
Caleigh Anders, Naveen Daries, Shante Koti, Garcelle Napier & Caitlin RooskrantzJohannesburg Gymnastics Centre

SPORTWOMAN OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY                              

NameSporting Code
Kgothatso MonjaneWheelchair Tennis
Simone KrugerPara Athletics
Hlelo ModisePara Athletics

SPORTMAN OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY               

NameSporting Code
Yamkela Lukhanyo NtlantiPara – Athletics
Daniel Tumiso MolobelaPara – Athletics
Buhle BhidlaBlind Cricket

SPORT TEAM OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY                      

NameSporting Code
Kwa -Thema Disability ClubPara – Athletics
UJ DDS ClubMulti Coded
Gauteng LionessesWheelchair Basketball

COACH OF THE YEAR                         

NameSporting Code
Lindi Du PlessisAthletics
Emily MathosaNetball
Ilse Roets PelserGymnastics

TECHNICAL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR                     

NameSporting Code
Hayley WalkerFigure Skating
Bella Mpho MakhobaTennis
Khensani Charity MolaudziAthletics

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR                  

NameSporting Code
Asanda Isaac BidlaAsanda Isaac Bidla
Stephen MaphikeDarts
Anne Waldek ThillFigure Skating

MOST PROMISING ATHLETE   

NameSporting Code
Siyavuya MgulwaEquestrian
Chane VermeulenAthletics
Hendre Barend VerhoefArchery
Tumi RamokgopaArchery

SPORT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR                          

NameOrganisation 
Sthembiso Sydney MahlanguBackpagepix Media 
Christo ElinzaTandala Photography 
Denga NetshitukaFreelancer

SPORT FAN OF THE YEAR                           

NameSporting Code
Bambanani Brass BrandLions Cricket
Basetsana MtswengMamelodi Sundowns
Oliver MphahleleLangaville Kaizer Chiefs Branch

SPORT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR                       

Name & SurnameMedia House
Timmy MarandaRadio 2000
Palesa ManalengEye Witness News (EWN)

AMAYANGA YANGA ATHLETE OF THE YEAR                           

Name & SurnameSporting Code
Winnie Karabo MasemolaTennis
Wandiswa MsimangAtheltics & Gymnastics
Mpho BowersTennis

COMMUNITY SPORT AND RECREATION PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR                       

NameSporting Code
Footgolf South AfricaFootgolf South Africa (FGSA)
Katlego Dean (Faith & Hope Foundation)Community Events
Altus SportMultiple Sporting Codes

FEDERATION OF THE YEAR              

NameSporting Code
Gauteng Darts FederationDarts
Gauteng Wheelchair BasketballBasketball

COMMUNITY SPORTS MEDIA OF THE YEAR                   

NameMedia House
Stephen SeakgweMapepeza Online
Soweto TVSoweto Community Channel NPC
Mahlodi RankuAlex FM

SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR            

NameSporting Code
Central Gauteng Lions Blind CricketCricket
Athletics Gauteng North Senior Track & Field TeamAthletics
RSA U23 Coxless Pair (Christopher Baxter & Damien Bonhage – Koen)Rowing

The recipient of the Life-Time Achievement Award will be chosen by the MEC and announced at the awards ceremony. 

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