Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
3 May 2014
7:00 am

Khune in line for top award

Wesley Botton

South Africa's 2013 Sports-Star-of-the-Year, Itumeleng Khune, spearheads the nominees for yet another accolade.

South African captain Itumeleng Khune sets his defensive wall during the 2014 African Nations Championship match between South Africa and Mali at Cape Town Stadium on January 15, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images)

The Bafana Bafana captain was named with three others as the finalists for the Sports Personality of the Year, ahead of the annual Gauteng Sport Awards.

Other finalists are Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise, Proteas T20 skipper Faf du Plessis and distance runner Mapaseka Makhanya.

Another national cricket captain, ODI skipper AB de Villiers, has been nominated as a finalist for Sportsman of the Year, along with student rugby player Jacques Erasmus and SA hockey midfielder Clinton Panther.

Makhanya, who won last year’s Gauteng Marathon and the Spar Women’s Grand Prix series, headlines the nominees for Sportswoman of the Year, and is joined by rower Kirsten McCann and gymnast Kirsten Beckett.

Nominees for Disabled Sportsman-of-the-Year include wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole, the US Open quads champion, and cricketers Colin Venter and Johan Schroeder.

Track and field athletes Mary Dzimba and Carley Jane are pitted against wheelechair tennis star Kgothatso Montjane for the Disabled Sportswoman-of-the-Year.

The awards, hosted by the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, will be held on June 7.

“Nominees must reside in Gauteng, but they don’t need to have been born in the province,” said Ivor Hoff, chief director of sport at the provincial government.

“The public will vote for the Sports Personality, Sports Fan and Sports Programme of the Year, and the rest of the category winners will be decided by the (five-member) adjudication panel.”