JOHANNESBURG – Caster Semenya and Luvyo Manyonga won big at the SA Sports Awards on Sunday Evening.
Three-time 800m world champion Semenya was named Sportswoman of the Year, as well as the People’s Choice Sports Star of the Year, which is voted for by sports fans.
Mr #Thatazonke @lvjumper7 takes the Sports Star of 2017 for SA Sport Awards. #Izinjazegame #SASA2017 pic.twitter.com/pSvgWwc81W
— SA Sport Awards (@SASportAwards) November 12, 2017
Manyonga who has overcome a life of addiction, won the Sportsman of the Year award. The long jump champion was also crowned Sports Star of the Year.
eNCA’s OG Molefe scooped the Journalist of the Year award.
WINNERS! The @Blitzboks have been named Team of the Year at the South African Sports Awards. #IzinjaZeGame #SASportsAwards pic.twitter.com/VyLjn3p1PM
— SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) November 12, 2017
Meanwhile, Ilse Hayes was again named Sportswoman of the Year with a disability and Dyan Buis earned the Sportsman of the Year with a disability.
Malibongwe igama la makhosikhasi – #SASA2017 Sportswoman of the year is #IlseHayes. #WomandlaInSport #Izinjazegame pic.twitter.com/eF1GRiZyLA
— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) November 12, 2017
SA Sports Awards Winners
Sports Star of the Year: Luvo Manyonga
Sportsman of the Year: Luvo Manyonga
Sportsman of the Year with a Disability: Dyan Buis
Sportswoman of the Year: Caster Semenya
Sportswoman with a Disability: Ilse Hayes
People’s Choice Sports Star of the Year: Caster Semenya
Team of the Year: Springbok Sevens
Newcomer of the Year: Sokwakhana Zazini
Coach of the Year: Jean Verster
Volunteer of the Year: Samuel Maduwa
Indigenous Games of the Year: North West Kho-kho team
National Federation of the Year: Lifesaving SA
Recreation Body of the Year: In-touch Community Support Group
Photographer of the Year: Simphiwe Nkwali
Journalist of the Year: OG Molefe
School Team of the Year: St Mary’s School Waverley
Developing School Team of the Year: Hlangabeza Primary School Under-13 Chess
Sports Administrator of the year: Sanelisiwe Khuzwayo
Sports Minister’s Excellence Awards
Desiree Ellis – Banyana Banyana Soccer Coach
Ruswahl Samaai – Athletics (Long Jump)
Lloyd Harris – SA Tennis Player
Gift Ngoepe – Baseball (US Major League Baseball)
Dané van Niekerk – Proteas Women Cricket