Each year since 1996, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) has proudly celebrated the outstanding achievements of committed Western Cape sportspeople in a variety of categories at the annual Sport Awards.
On Saturday, 25 August 2018, Minister Anroux Marais hosted the 2018 Western Cape Sport Awards Ceremony at Old Mutual in Pinelands.
Foregrounding Women’s Month in the keynote address, Minister Marais said:
“As we celebrate our esteemed sportspeople this evening, take into consideration their sacrifices, self-determination, perseverance and resilience to challenges faced, while still achieving against all odds. Take that consideration a bit further, and acknowledge that those nominated would not be here or be able to represent our province and country if it was not for at least one woman in their lives. Be it a coach, administrator, teacher, mother, sister, cousin, daughter or wife. When asked how she continues to excel amidst all the critique and demeaning, Caster Semenya proudly paid homage to her mother as her support base and number one motivator on a world stage earlier this year. We need to move away from the accepted idea that “you need to coach, run, swim or sport like a man to look good as a woman”, and with the influence and will from all present, we have a really good chance to bring about real change in sport, not only in the Western Cape but in the greater South Africa, and the world over”.
Regional nominations are made by the provincial sports federations, sport councils and other interested parties. A panel of experts selects the winners.
The finest athletes, coaches and administrators receive awards at the Regional Sports Awards. The best achievers at regional level qualify in the running for top honours at the Sport Awards in the Western Cape.
Some of the big winners of the night were the Western Province Women’s Cricket Team (Team of the Year), Elma Davis (Sportswoman of the Year) and Chad le Clos (Sportsman of the Year). Tennis player Raven Klaasen and the Springbok Sevens Team received Ministerial Commendations from Minister Marais.
Provincial winners may be nominated for the annual national Sport Awards hosted by the national Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA). This prestigious ceremony honours South African sportspeople for their efforts in local and international competitions.
A photo of Minister Marais with some of the 2018 provincial sport award winners is attached. Individual photographs are available upon request.
Caption: Minister Marais and HOD Walters with some of the evenings winners
SCHOOL TEAM OF THE YEAR
Oakdale Tug-of-War 560kg Team
They won Gold at the Open Club Championship in September 2017 and a Silver medal at the World Championship in England. They also won a Bronze medal at the SA Championship in April 2018.
SCHOOL SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Jacquine Strydom – Eden Kickboxing
Jacquine was chosen to represent SA in international events. She received SA Colours. She also received a Gold Medal at the Turkish Open International Championships and a Gold Medal at the National Championships.
SCHOOL SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Antonio Farmer – Eden Athletics
Antonio represented SA at the IAAF World Championship in China. He also represented SA at the CAA Southern Region Championships. He came in 2nd place at the ASA Senior Championships.
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Deidre Cloete – Eden
Deidre is a talented photographer from George. She is described as having a passion for her work which shows in her photography. She is present at most sporting events in the Eden district and is always willing to support sporting codes with capturing their events.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Claudio Miller – Eden Lifesaving
Claudio coached the National Junior team that competed in the International Surf Rescue Challenge 2017. This team was very inexperienced but they achieved the following results: two gold, four silver and 3 bronze medals. His team placed 3rd overall.
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Trevor Davis – Eden Bowls
Trevor serves on the World Lawn Bowls Committee. He was an international technical official at the recent Commonwealth Games and he also serves on the World Bowls Coaches Committee. He was also the Technical Director for the Asian Sea Games in Malaysia.
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Elma Davis – Eden Lawn Bowls
Elma received her Protea colours in 2014. She achieved a Silver medal at Commonwealth Games. She won a Gold medal at the All Africa Tournament and achieved a Gold medal at the SA Masters Senior tournament.