And the win­ner is

CityPress - - News - RE­ABETSWE MASHIGO re­abetswe.mashigo@city­press.co.za Ath­lete of the Year: Ju­nior Ath­lete of the Year: Coach of the Year: Hall of Fame Award: Ath­lete with Dis­abil­ity: Woman of the Year: Woman in Media – TV: Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion Awards: Vol­un­teer of

The 10th an­nual gsport Awards was one of the more daz­zling women’s sport­ing events on the cal­en­dar. Held at the Wan­der­ers Club on Fri­day night, it was a classy, so­phis­ti­cated event. Lira was the open­ing act for the night and her soul­ful voice had the women singing along at the top of their voices – trust me, they were loud. Next time ladies, please re­sist the urge to sing along.

The women in sports media re­ally know how to clean up nicely, and the ath­letes weren’t so bad ei­ther. Mid­dle-dis­tance ath­lete Ma­paseka Makhanya’s sheer dress was dar­ing and she def­i­nitely brought sexy back.

Min­is­ter of Sports and Recre­ation Fikile Mbalula and his wife, Nozuko, were ac­com­pa­nied by Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba and his glam­orous spouse, No­machule.

Mbalula was his usual hy­per­ac­tive self and was so ex­cited he vowed to in­clude the gsport Awards into his depart­ment’s bud­get next year.

It was an event that called for good wine and if you were not drink­ing it that night, peo­ple looked at you askance. Af­ter all, who comes to a glitzy event and drinks ciders?

Gsport founder Kass Naidoo made her mark by host­ing a great awards evening this year.

The af­ter­party was held at the venue. Ath­letes know how to get down and have the ex­tra energy and fit­ness to do just that. I just couldn’t com­pete.

Who would have thought that women in sports could master the red car­pet so well? I got quite a few fash­ion tips on the night for next year’s awards cer­e­mony. It’s safe to say that I’m ready.

SO WHO WON?

Caro­line Wost­mann

Gezelle Mager­man

Union

Mam­pho Tsotetsi

Natalie du Toit

Ilse Hayes Carstens Pa­tri­cia Kam­berami Woman in Media – So­cial Media: Re­abetswe Mashigo Woman in Media – Print: Natalie le Clue

Ron­nie Tip­pett

Mar­sha Cox, Mon­ster Pro­duc­tions, Cyn­thia Tshaka, Fran Hil­ton-Smith Londiwe Hlatswayo

Nomzamo Mbatha

Mama Joy Chauke

SA Rugby

Ned­bank Sport

PHOTOS: LUCKY NXUMALO

DRESSED UP From left: Wil­liam Bobo, Jes­sica Mo­taung, Joyce ‘Mama Joy’ Chauke and Tshego Don­tache

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