Montjane, Sithole and Maripa named 2017 Gauteng Sports Awards finalists


It is another good year for Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) who continue their dominance in the Gauteng Sports Awards 2017 finalists, clocking no less than three recognitions.
The nominees were announced by Faith Mazibuko, MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in Gauteng at Green Hills stadium in Randfontein in the Rand-West municipality on Friday.
This year’s celebration of the Province’s sporting stars is dedicated to the self-less legacy of struggle icon Oliver Reginald Tambo, who would have turned 100 in October. It is the year of ‘Unity in Action’ as we honour a man who fought hard for liberation and reflect on how far we have come in sport 23 years later.
South Africa’s leading women’s ace Kgothatso Montjane who is no stranger to the Gauteng Sports Awards, returns to the nomination list in the disabled sportswoman of the year category. The world number 8 who returns home this evening from the US Open Grand Slam in Flushing Meadow, New York scooped three awards in the same category in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The 31-year-old faces some strong competition in Sandra Khumalo of rowing and athlete Maria Combrink.
Three-time Gauteng Sports Awards winner Lucas Sithole also returns to the GSA nominations with a berth in the Disabled sportsman of the year. The quad world number four this year competes with the country’s leading men’s wheelchair tennis player Evans Maripa and last year’s winner Ntando Mahlangu as well as athlete Pieter duPreez.
The 27-year-old Maripa said it was a great honour to be nominated for the first time in the Gauteng Sports Awards, “Thank you to the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation for this recognition. It is really really humbling to be recognized for the first time in this Prestigious awards,” Maripa said.
The main event will be held on Sunday, 1 October 2017 at SilverStar Casino in Mogale City.
Photo: Evans Maripa