On Saturday, 14 September 2019, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) honoured the Western Cape’s top achieving sportspeople at the annual Provincial Sport Awards at Old Mutual in Pinelands.
These awards are the culmination of a process of regional awards ceremonies, where winners in the categories from all six regions went through to compete for top honours as the province’s best.
Master of Ceremonies Liezel van der Westhuizen ensured the evening ran smoothly while the PJ Twins, who featured in season 3 of the television show The Voice South Africa, entertained guests with their variety of songs.
DCAS HOD Brent Walters delivered the welcoming address, and emphasized the importance of sport in bringing unity to South Africa as it currently struggles under various types of violence. “We need to teach the values of teamwork, sharing, tolerance, integrity, honesty and respect for oneself and other people to our youth. Let us understand that there are ways to win and ways to lose. I encourage the nominees tonight to take their awards and teach those around them about these values. Our greatest win will be a nation at peace and at harmony with itself and with others.” he said.
Minister Anroux Marais also spoke about the scourge of gender-based violence in the country and how sport could be used to address the cycle of violence. “Sport can equip the future and present generations with the ability to empathize. It gives youth the opportunity to join ‘good gangs’. Together we are all in the business of rebuilding a broken nation.” she said. Minister Marais also congratulated all the nominees and expressed her gratitude for the roles they play in their communities. She ended her speech with a quote from the late Chester Williams, reminding the audience of the importance of hard work and determination.
Some of the winners of the evening included West Coast Netball (Federation of the Year), Charlize Murphy (Newcomer of the Year), Desiree Ellis (Coach of the Year), Anneke Snyman (Sportswoman of the Year) and Chad le Clos (Sportsman of the Year). Ministerial Commendations were awarded to Jeff Coetzee, Wietsche van der Westhuizen, Tony Abrahamson, Desiree Ellis and Herschel Jantjies.
The provincial winners will now go through to compete at the National Sport Awards later this year.
WESTERN CAPE SPORT AWARDS WINNERS 2019
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Nadia Jacobus-Julies – Eden Netball
COMMUNITY BUILDER OF THE YEAR
Henry Piedt – Central Karoo Volleyball
RECREATIONAL BODY OF THE YEAR
Breaking Barriers – Cape Winelands
INDIGENOUS GAMES TEAM OF THE YEAR
Team Kgati Western Cape
SCHOOL TEAM OF THE YEAR
Groote Schuur Primary Majorettes
DEVELOPING SCHOOL TEAM OF THE YEAR
Uitkyk Primary u/13 Girls Chess Team
SCHOOL SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Nokuthula Yonke – Western Province Athletics
SCHOOL SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Marx Meyer – Western Province Black Powder Shooting
AFTER SCHOOL SPORT COACHING EXCELLENCE
Lukhanya Xhonti – Metro South
JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Peter Daniels – Cape Winelands
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Ernest Kilowan – Cape Winelands
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Charlize Murphy – Eden Cycling
COACH OF THE YEAR
Desiree Ellis – Western Province SAFA
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Elze Lambrechts-Malherber – Western Province Multi-code
FEDERATION OF THE YEAR
West Coast Netball
TEAM OF THE YEAR
u/23 Men’s Swellendam Tug-of-War Team – Overberg
RECOGNITION OF TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE
Elizna van den Berg – Western Province Netball
JUNIOR SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Neache Frans – Cape Winelands Majorettes
JUNIOR SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Luke Davids – Western Province Athletics
SPORTSWOMAN WITH A DISABILITY
Minke Janse van Rensburg – Eden Swimming
SPORTSMAN WITH A DISABILITY
Mpumelelo Mhlongo – Western Province Track and Field
Wietsche van der Westhuizen
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Anneke Snyman – Overberg Lawn Bowls
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Chad le Clos – Western Province Swimming