19 Sport achievers were honoured at a celebratory event on Friday evening – the Western Cape Sport Awards 2014 / 2015. It was the 19th event of its kind, hosted at the Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, outside Paarl.
Acting Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anton Bredell, hosted the hand-over of awards. The nominees in the 19 categories were all winners at the regional Sport Awards, which were held in November last year. Nominations were received via the sport federations in each region, and an adjudication committee made final decisions on the nominees and winners for the Provincial awards. The adjudication panel consists of top managers in the Department, and chairpersons and or executive members of all the sport councils and federations in the province.
In his keynote address, Minister Bredell praised the winners for their extraordinary achievements and for their contribution to developing sport in the province.
Minister Bredell said that sport plays an important role when it comes to improving health and mental wellness in our society. “In my view the Cultural Affairs and Sport portfolio is one of our government’s most important portfolios, because of its enormous nation building potential. The department also provides and facilitates significant growth and development opportunities for our youth and contributes towards our goal of tackling social ills in the province.. Our government’s vision of creating socially inclusive, healthy, active and safer communities in the Western Cape can be facilitated through opportunities in Sport. Tonight’s nominees and winners are also examples of what can be achieved through dedication and hard work and they serve as role models for our youth.”
The 19 winners will have the opportunity to be nominated for the National Sport Awards, later in the year.
The 19 winners were:
Volunteer of the Year: Zelda Hansen – Western Province Athletics
Indigenous Games Star of the Year: Luvo Manyonga – West Coast
School Team of the Year: Oakdale High Tug-of-War team
Developing School Team of the Year: Iqhayiya High School rugby team
School Sportswoman of the Year: Michelle Fisher – Western Province Chess
School Sportsman of the Year: Keegan Agulhas – Western Province Chess
Journalist of the Year: Patrick Rudolph – Cape Flats News
Photographer of the Year: Rashied Isaacs – People’s Post
Newcomer of the Year: Seabelo Senatla – Western Province Rugby
Coach of the Year: Elrick Kulsen – Cape Winelands Cycling
Administrator of the Year: Rudolph Johannes – Overberg
Federation of the Year: Western Province Rugby Football Union
Team of the Year: Team Race ahead – Western Province Sailing
Junior Sportswoman of the Year: Gezelle Magerman – Cape Winelands Athletics
Junior Sportsman of the Year: Cheslin Kolbe – Western Province Rugby
Sportswoman with a disability: Ilse Hayes – Western Province Athletics
Sportsman with a disability: Ernst van Dyk – Western Province Cycling and Athletics
Sportswoman of the Year: Bianca Buitendag – Surfing – Eden
Sportsman of the Year: Jasper Mocke – Western Province Canoeing