Mr Mark Alexander, President of SA Rugby, congratulated the six nominees from rugby in seven categories of the 15th annual SA Sport Awards that were announced on Saturday.
Siya Kolisi, Makazole Mapimpi, Ronald Brown, Rassie Erasmus, the Springboks and the South African Rugby Union all feature among the nominees in various categories for their achievements between 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2021. The winners will be announced on Saturday, 12 March in Durban.
Springbok captain Kolisi has been nominated in two categories – the Sports Star of the Year as well as the People’s Choice Sport Star of the Year.
Try-scoring ace Mapimpi is one of three nominees in the category for Sportsman of the Year, while Blitzbok star Brown has been nominated as one of the Newcomers of the Year.
The Springboks have been nominated as Team of the Year; Director of Rugby Erasmus is on the list for the Coach of the Year Award; and SARU has been nominated in the category for Sports Federation of the Year.
“These nominations once again underline the success we’ve had on rugby fields all over the world in the last couple of years and we are very proud of all the nominees,” said Mr Alexander.
“We are operating in challenging times in a difficult environment, but with everyone in the game prepared to pull in the same direction and to work for the same end-goal, anything is possible, as Rassie, Siya, Makazole and the Boks have proved over the last couple of years.
“And Ronald has once again shown us what can be achieved by good old resilience, belief and hard work.
“Our gratitude goes out to the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture for the recognition, and I would like to wish all the nominees well for the awards this weekend.”
The winner of the People’s Choice Sports Star of the Year, where Kolisi is up against Ntando Mahlangu (Paralympic sprinter), Brad Binder (GP motorcycle racer), Bianca Buitendag (Olympic surfer) and Tatjana Schoenmaker (Olympic swimmer) will be determined by a public vote.
Fans can either vote online at www.sasportawards.co.za, or via text message by SMS’ing “SPORTS”, followed by the letter of their favourite athlete (Kolisi’s letter is “C”), to 32020.