Radebe takes top sports award

PARALYMPIAN Samkelo Radebe has been crowned 2013 Gauteng Sport Personality of the Year at an event where legends Jomo Sono and Baby Jake Matlala were also honoured for their massive contribution to South African sport.

Sono and Matlala were presented with Lifetime Achievement awards by Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane and sport, arts, culture and recreation MEC Lebogang Maile.

In the past other sports leaders who were presented with Lifetime Achievement awards included Irvin Khoza, Kaizer Motaung and Leepile Taunyane.

Radebe defeated swimmer Cameron van der Burgh and 800m star Caster Semenya during a glittering event held at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Saturday night.

And in a new category introduced this year to honour supporters, Itumeleng Mashele was named Sport Fan of the Year.

The other nominees in this category were Thulani Ngcobo and Constance Pinky Moseme.

Only the Sport Personality of the Year and the Sport Fan of the Year categories were open to voting by the public.

A total of 45 other athletes and personalities competed in the 12 other categories that were up for grabs.

They were either nominated by their federations, colleagues or the public. Submissions closed on May 25 and winners were selected by an adjudication panel led by Professor Denver Hendricks as the convenor.

Maile said: "The event has been a resounding success, a big thank you to all the people who contributed to the success of the event. It is now one of the biggest sporting events, not only in Gauteng but South Africa.

"A special thank you also to our sponsors the City of Ekurhuleni, National Lotteries, Rotary, AMKA, Gauteng Tourism Authority and Toyota for supporting this event where we reward sporting excellence of our athletes.

"Next year's event will be bigger and better," said Maile.

Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele said: "Hosting such an event also showcases Ekurhuleni as a destination of choice in terms of hosting big provincial, national and international events."

The rest of the Gauteng Awards Winners are:

Most Promising Player, Danelle Wentzel (archery); Coach of the Year Paul, Geoffrey Neville Jackson (rowing); Technical Official of the Year, Charmaine Glynis Ho (archery); Sportsman of the Year, Cameron van der Burgh (aquatics); Sportswoman of the Year, Caster Semenya (athletics); Team of the Year, The Golden Four (rowing); Disabled Sportswoman of the Year, Kgothatso Montjane (wheelchair tennis); Disabled Sport Team of the Year, South African wheelchair rugby team; Administrator of the Year, Anna Addinall (wrestling); Disabled Sportsman of the Year, Lucas Sithole (wheelchair basketball); Most Promising Team of the Year, AmaTuks (football); Journalist of the Year, Kwena Moabelo (SABC Sport).

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