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KGOTHATSO MONJANE DOUBLE WINNER 2023 GAUTENG SPORT AWARDS

The much-anticipated12th edition of the Gauteng Sports Awards took place at the Ace Ntsoelengoe Stadium in Mohlakeng in Rand West Municipality on 18 November 2023whereGauteng-based athletes, teams, officials, and media within the sports fraternity received recognition for their outstanding achievements in the past year of theconsidered period of 01 August 2022 to 31 July 2023.

Winners were announced in20 categories of the prestigious provincial awards, which saw the highly coveted Sport Personality of the Yeargo toWheelchair Tennisace, Kgothatso Montjane.Chosenby the public through SMS voting, Montjaneclaimed the night’s top prize which includes a brand-new car.

Also winning Sportwoman of the Year with a Disability,Kgothatso Montjaneis the first Black South African woman to ever play at the Wimbledon championships and first Black African to compete at all 4 grand slams in one calendar year.

This year’s sport awardsintroduced the new Sport Photographer of the Year category, withDenga Netshituka named the first ever recipient.

The Lifetime Achievement, as selectedby MECMorakaneMosupyoe,was awarded to four recipients,whose contributions to the Gauteng sports fraternity have left an impactful legacy.Patrick‘Ace’ Ntsoelengoe, Wiseman Dlamini, Aladani Stevens and Wilhemia Grobbelaar were recognized for their extraordinary in their respective fields in sport.

The Coach of the Year and Technical Official of the Year categoriesthis year had unprecedented all female finalists and sawIlse RoetsPelser (Gymnastics) and Hayley Walker(Figure Skating), crowned as the respective winners for their successes which reached international levels.

2023’syoungest award recipientfor the Amayanga Yanga Young Athlete of the year, went to 10-year-old tennis player Mpho Bowers who was the youngest player in the U12 National Tennis Team and won the Southern African Tennis Team Championships in Mozambique.

“We celebrate athletes whose relentless pursuit of excellence has inspired us all. Their dedication to their craft is a testament to the power of commitment and perseverance.Through their feats, they’ve not only brought glory to themselves but also to our province, uniting us in pride and joy.Let us also recognize the unwavering support of coaches, families, and communities who stand as pillars behind every athlete, offering encouragement and guidance through the highs and lows of their journey.” saidGauteng MEC of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, MsMorakaneMosupyoe at the ceremony.

The Gauteng Sport Awards are hosted annually by the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, with support from the Gauteng Sports Confederation to honour, and reward Gauteng’s best sporting talentwho have excelled in sporting activities on and off the field.

The winners of the 2023 Gauteng Sport Awards:

SPORT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR TBC      

NameSporting Code
Kgothatso MontjaneWheelchair Tennis

SPORTMAN OF THE YEAR                 

NameSporting Code
Ahmad MahomedKickboxing

SPORTWOMAN OF THE YEAR                  

NameSporting Code
Zeney van der WaltAthletics

MOST PROMISING SPORT TEAM OF THE YEAR   

NameSporting Code
Johannesburg Gymnastics Centre-Caleigh Anders, Naveen Daries, Shante Koti, Garcelle Napier & Caitlin RooskrantzGymnastics

SPORTWOMAN OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY                    

NameSporting Code
Kgothatso MonjaneWheelchair Tennis

SPORTMAN OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY           

NameSporting Code
Daniel TumisoMolobelaPara – Athletics

SPORT TEAM OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY               

NameSporting Code
UJ SSD ClubMulti Coded

COACH OF THE YEAR                  

NameSporting Code
Ilse RoetsPelserGymnastics

TECHNICAL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR              

NameSporting Code
Hayley WalkerFigure Skating

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR        

NameSporting Code
Stephen MaphikeDarts

MOST PROMISING ATHLETE

NameSporting Code
Chane VermeulenAthletics

SPORT PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR                

NameOrganisation
Denga NetshitukaFreelancer

SPORT FAN OF THE YEAR                 

NameSporting Code
Basetsana MtswengMamelodi Sundowns

SPORT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR                

Name & SurnameMedia House
Timmy MarandaRadio 2000

AMAYANGA YANGA ATHLETE OF THE YEAR              

Name & SurnameSporting Code
Mpho BowersTennis

COMMUNITY SPORT AND RECREATION PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR                 

NameSporting Code
Altus SportMultiple Sporting Codes

FEDERATION OF THE YEAR        

NameSporting Code
Gauteng Darts FederationDarts

COMMUNITY SPORTS MEDIA OF THE YEAR         

Soweto TV

SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR            

NameSporting Code
RSA U23 Coxless Pair (Christopher Baxter & Damien Bonhage – Koen)Rowing

Life-Time Achievement          

NameSporting Code
Patrick ‘Ace’ NtsoelengoeFootball
Wiseman DlaminiWheelchair Basketball
Wilhemia GrobbelaarMultiple Sporting Codes
Aladani StevensBoxing

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