South African Sports Awards to take place at Sun Cityon July 6, 2011
Sun City will play host to one of the biggest events on the South African sports calendar this year, the prestigious South African Sports Awards
The Ministry of Sport and Recreation South Africa, under the leadership of Minister Fikile Mbalula together with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture North West, SABC Sport and SASCOC, recently announced that this year’s award ceremony will be held on 21 August. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Today’s leaders, tomorrow’s legends’.
“Sport is without doubt one of the best examples of empowerment in South Africa, especially for women and people with disabilities” said SASCOC President, Gideon Sam.
“We need to honour and showcase our top sportsmen and women in order to give the youth of today and tomorrow’s stars a reason to dream and aspire to their own great sporting achievements.”
In what promises to be a world-class event following the temporary absence in the past two years, the Minister, Fikile Mbalula echoed Sam’s sentiments: “The Sports Awards are imperative. They are not only a platform for incentive and jollity for sport excellence, but a celebration of human triumph.”
The awards will be adjudicated across 16 different categories by some of some of South Africa’s premier sport experts, including Motlatsi Keikabile, Doctor Khumalo, Kass Naidoo and Shaun Adriaanse.
- Administrator of the Year
- Sportsman of the Year
- Sportsman of the Year with a Disability
- Sportswoman of the Year
- Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability
- Team of the Year
- Newcomer of the Year
- Coach of the Year
- Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achievement Award
- Volunteer of the Year
- Minister’s Award
- Indigenous Games Star of the Year
- Federation of the Year
- Photographer of the Year
- Journalist of the Year
- Sports Star of the Year
Sport continues to make major contributions to change in our political climate. A visit to any sports stadium bears testimony to how spectators are unified behind the flag, behind our teams from various sporting codes. South African Sports men and women are held in high regard no matter what their discipline and our reputation as a sporting destination continues to improve. The South African Sports Awards are without a doubt pivotal to the further development of sport in South Africa and Sun City is honoured to play host to this star-studded event.