Pirates dominate awards list
ORLANDO Pirates, their captain Lucky Lekgwathi and hockey star Marsha Marescia are among the nominees for the 2012 Gauteng Sport Awards.
The nominees were announced by MEC for sport, arts, culture and recreation Lebogang Maile at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park last night.
Pirates, who won their second successive PSL treble last season, were nominated in the team of the year category along with the Nashua Titans and MTN Golden Lions.
Lekgwathi, the former Bafana Bafana defender, was nominated in the sport personality of the year category with cricketer Neil McKenzie and Marescia, who was influential in helping the women's national hockey team qualify for the London Olympics.
Pirates are in line for a third award after their administration manager Senzo Mazingiza was nominated in the administrator of the year section.
The other nominees are medico Kgotso Ncholo, who is the Gauteng Softball Association chief executive, and Debbie Phillips from judo.
In the most promising team category, Absa Premiership newcomers University of Pretoria and the Gauteng Under-18 women's basketball team have been nominated.
Popular assistant soccer referee Zakhele Siwela is one of the three people nominated for the position of technical official of the year.
Alexandra-based Siwela is the reigning PSL assistant referee of the year and has also been included in the provisional 2014 Fifa World Cup match officials panel.
Maile said the awards were introduced to recognise athletes and administrators in Gauteng who are putting the province on the map at national and international level.
"We congratulate the men and women who have been nominated for the awards. We also want to thank the adjudication panel led by Professor Denver Hendricks for a job well done," he said.
The winners will be announced at Emperors Palace on June 30.
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