In the third edition of the Futballing Girls Women in Sports Awards, the City of Tshwane honoured their female stars with accolades at the Women in Sports Awards held on Thursday, 19 November 2020, at the Es'kia Mphahlele Hall in Pretoria. The successful event was supported by Futballing Girls, the Gauteng Sports Confederation, the City of Tshwane and the Tshwane Sports Council.
The Women in Sports Awards were founded in 2017 by Moonira Ramathula, founder of the non-profit organisation Futballing Girls, as a commitment to the recognition and empowerment of women in sport. The annual prestigious event was launched in Ekurhuleni, and has since grown to include the West Rand, the City of Johannesburg and the City of Tshwane.
This year's edition enjoyed an excellent turnout with four regions across the province reaching a total 881 nominations – the West Rand had 205 nominations, the City of Ekurhuleni had 226 nominations, the City of Johannesburg had 216 nominations and the City of Tshwane had 234 nominations.
Banyana Banyana star Hilda Magaia, who scored a hat-trick that sent Bayana Banyana into the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations Women's Championship final, scooped the award of sportswoman of the year, following an incredible performance for Banyana Banyana and in the South African Football Association National Women's League.
"The amount of work all nominees and finalists have put in to keep women sports alive is amazing and quite admirable. We need to ensure that we are advocates for women in sports through growing and creating awareness around women in sports, especially around the young girls who seek guidance and mentorship," said Futballing Girls founder, Moonira Ramathula.
"We need to stop being afraid to embrace who we are as women and celebrate our successes; irrespective of how small the success is, it is still a success as you are the only one who knows how much you put in to reach that level," she continued.
The City of Tshwane's MMC for Community and Social Development Services, Cllr Thabisile Vilakazi, expressed her gratitude to the Women in Sports empowerment initiative as it is aligned with the City's development objectives. "The Sport and Recreation Section will support the awards whose objectives are, amongst others, to motivate, inspire a high performance, and to appreciate and acknowledge all sports women for their efforts. To all the nominees and finalists, congratulations and keep moving mountains," said Cllr Vilakazi.
The 2020 Women in Sports Awards winners
1. Sportswoman of the year: Hilda Magaia
2. Sportswoman with disability of the year: Zinhle Mvukela
3. School sports athlete of the year: Taytum Rosseau
4. Sports administrator of the year: Tshiila Mulaudzi
5. Sports achiever of the year: Tove van Zyl
6. Coach of the year: Jenny van Dyk
7. Sponsor of the year: SPAR
8. Volunteer of the year: Mavis Sgudhla
9. Technical official of the year: Mpho Makhoba
10. School team of the year: Waterkloof Under-18 Girls' Chess Team
11. Team of the year: Tshwane University of Technology Ladies' Football Team
12. Sports club of the year: University of Pretoria Netball Club
13. Community sports journalist of the year: Bhekani Bright Ndebele
14. Community sports radio presenter of the year: Phemelo Prince Pule
15. Community project (non-profit, non-political or non-governmental organisations) of the year: Blue Bulls Girls Development Programme
16. Federation of the year: Gauteng North Figure Skating
17. The following sportswomen received the Sports Confederation Presidential Award:
- Josina Tellie
- Khabo Zitha
- Liana Laubscher
- Judie-Marie Steenkamp
- Wilhelmina Grobbelaar
A full video of the prestigious Women in Sports Awards ceremony is available on the social media platforms of the Gauteng Sports Confederation and Futballing Girls.
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