Olympic and world champion Caster Semenya bagged three major awards at the South African Sport Awards in Bloemfontein on Sunday night.
The record-breaking athlete dominated the prestigious awards after winning the Sports Star of the Year‚ Sportswoman of the Year and the People’s Choice Award decided by public, all of which were accepted by her coach Samuel Sepeng, who also received the Coach of the Year award.
Semenya is also nominated for the IAAF Female World Athlete of the Year award, with long jump champion Luvo Manyonga nominated in the Male World Athlete of the Year category.
A week before the event, fellow Olympic and World Champion sports sensation, swimmer Chad le Clos tweeted: “After winning world awards the past 6 years still haven’t won an ?? award, maybe this year will different? Thanks for all the support everyone, I really do appreciate all of you.”
Fortunately 2018 was different! Chad was the other major winner of the night, named the Sportsman of the Year, where he was nominated alongside WBA and Ring Magazine light-flyweight champion Hekkie Butler and Manyonga.
Commonwealth Games 100 and 200m breaststroke champion Tatjana Schoenmaker was named the Newcomer of the Year where she was nominated with fellow swimmer Minke Janse van Rensburg and sprinter Luxolo Adam.
Sportsman of the Year with a Disability went to Mdodozi Ntutu and Anrune Liebenberg walked away with the Sportswoman with a Disability award, while the Team of the Year award went to Banyana Banyana, who have qualified for the African Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana.
The fearless and passionate Virginia Mabaso from Rowing SA continued to break all boundaries in sport and was named the Administrator of the Year, while the National Federation of the Year was taken by Softball.
The SA Sports Awards aim to reward South African sports stars who participate in local and international competitions. They also recognise and honour individuals and teams who have excelled both on and off the field from 1 September 2017 until August 2018.
Sports star of the Year: Caster Semenya
Sportsman of the Year: Chad le Clos
Sportswoman of the Year: Caster Semenya
Sportsman of the year with Disability: Mdodozi Ntutu
Sportswoman of the year with a Disability: Anrune Liebenberg
Team of the Year: Banyana Banyana
Newcomer of the Year: Tatjana Schoenmaker
Coach of the Year: Samuel Sepeng
Volunteer of the Year: Linda Hlophe
Indigenous games team of the Year: Morabaraba Team
The Recreation body of the Year: Mavu Sport Development
National Federation of the Year: Softball
School team of the Year: St. Benedict’s College
Developing school of the Year: Machakela-Mamodibo Secondary School
Sport Administrator of the Year: Virginia Mabaso
People’s choice Award: Caster Semenya
It humbles me to see how far I have come. ?? pic.twitter.com/U7vqLjDGS5
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) November 10, 2018
19 years old caster? pic.twitter.com/hDzwtyaDRt
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) November 6, 2018
WATCH Discovery honours Caster Semenya, October 2018:
Welcome to the Discovery family Caster Mokgadi Semenya #SemenyaSpeed #DiscoveryAmbassador
Posted by Discovery South Africa on Thursday, October 4, 2018