Race hots up for Sports Awards

The race is heating up for the 2013 edition of the Sports Awards, with nominations from sports associations already piling up at the Sport and Recreation Commission’s offices.

Golden girl - Kirsty Coventry could win it.
Golden girl – Kirsty Coventry could win it.

The country is set to honour its most outstanding sportsperson on December 13 and SRC director general, Charles Nhemanchena, called on all associations to submit their choices.

“Nominations will close at the end of this month so that judges have enough time to come up with the finalists and the winners,” said Nhemachena.

The SRC has 35 registered sporting associations, each of which has to submit its top sportspersons.

Reigning sportsperson of the year, athlete Stephen Muzhingi, looks set to scoop it again, after he recorded his third straight Two Oceans Marathon triumph in South Africa earlier this year.

The awards include sportsman and woman of the year, junior sportsman and woman of the year, sportsman and woman with disability, team of the year, coach of the year and administrator of the year. Category winners then vie for the overall sportsperson of the year crown.

Usually international events such as the Olympic Games, the World Championships and the All Africa Games, have a strong bearing on who wins the award.

Previous winner, Kirsty Coventry, who reached the final of all the three events she took part in at the 2012 London Olympic Games, could have a strong say on the award, alongside Muzhingi, who also ranked fifth in South Africa’s Comrades Marathon race in June.

Another Olympiad, marathon runner, Cuthbert Nyasango who finished seventh should also be in the running for the top award, together with Takanyi Garanganga who won two International Tennis Federation Futures Tour titles and female marathon runner, Rutendo Nyahora.

Previous winners include cricketers Andy Flower and Dave Houghton, boxer Langton “Schoolboy” Tinago, golfer Nick Price, diver Evan Stewart, rugby player, Ian Robertson, and swimmer Sarah Jane Murphy.

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