2016 SA Sports Star Awards nominees announced

Olympian gold medallists Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya are among the nominees for the 2016 South African Sports Star of the Year Award.

Van Niekerk won gold in the 400-metre track event in Rio while fellow athlete Semenya won the women’s 800m.

The other nominee for the Sports Star of the Year is Proteas cricketer Kagiso Rabada.

Van Niekerk’s coach, ‘Tannie Ans’ Botha is also up for an award in the Coach of the Year category.

The awards will take place at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Mangaung, Free State.

Eighteen categories will be contested, including Sportsman of the Year, Sportsman of the Year with a Disability, Sportswoman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability, and Team of the Year, among others.

Six Paralympic athletes are in contention for the Sportsman of the Year with a Disability and Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability. They are Zanele Situ, Anruné Liebenberg, Ilse Hayes, Charl du Toit, Dyan Buis and Reinhardt Hamman. Suzanne Ferreira, who was one of Team SA’s coaches at the Rio Paralympics, is also up for nomination in the Coach of the Year category.

South Africa’s sporting public will also get to be involved, by voting in the People’s Choice of the Year award. The public can vote for their favourite sports star by SMS.

 

The full list of nominees for the 2016 Sports Awards is:

 

Sports Star of the Year

Wayde van Niekerk

Caster Semenya

Kagiso Rabada

 

Sportswoman of the Year

Jenna Ward

Caster Semenya

Phumza Maweni

 

Sportsman of the Year

Wayde van Niekerk

Hank McGregor

Chad le Clos

 

People’s Choice Award

Chad le Clos

Wayde van Niekerk

Caster Semenya

Kagiso Rabada

Seabelo Senatla

 

Team of the Year

Rowing (men’s coxless pair)

Mamelodi Sundowns

Springboks

 

Coach of the Year

Pitso Mosimane

Anna Botha

Jean Verster

Suzanne Ferreira

 

Newcomer of the Year Award

Henri Schoeman

Brad Binder

Ntando Mahlangu

 

Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability

Zanele Situ

Anruné Liebenberg

Ilse Hayes

 

Sportsman of the Year with a Disability

Charl du Toit

Dyan Buis

Reinhardt Hamman

 

Volunteer of the Year

Kim Pople

Carol Blignaut

Charles Villet

 

Photographer of the Year

Sydney Mahlangu

Christian Kotze

Reg Caldecott

 

Journalist of the Year

David van der Sandt

Thabiso Sithole

Kwena Moabelo

 

School Team of the Year

St Benedict’s – Rowing

La Rochelle Girls’ School – Athletics

Paarl Boys’ High School – Rugby

 

Recreation Body of the Year

Egoli Squash

Fight with Insight

Unogwaja

 

Indigenous Games Team of the Year

Limpopo Ilncuva

North West Khokho

KZN Kgatli Team

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