Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
15 Oct 2014
11:30 am

Athletics leads Sports Awards nominations

Wesley Botton

The country's track and field stars capped a superb season by dominating the nominees list, announced on Wednesday, for next month's 2014 SA Sports Awards.

FILE PICTURE: Chad le Clos. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Athletics was the only sport to have more than one nomination for Sports Star of the Year, with wheelchair race Ernst van Dyk and versatile jumper Khotso Mokoena both getting the nod.

Van Dyk won a record 10th title at the Boston Marathon in April, while Mokoena bagged the triple jump gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the African Athletics Championships in Marrakech in August, as well as long jump silver at the continental showpiece.

The former Olympic medallist also improved his own national triple jump record, leaping 17.35m to secure the silver medal at last month’s IAAF Continental Cup, but that performance fell outside the window period for nominations.

Other nominees for the top accolade include swimmer Chad le Clos, who scooped the award two years ago, after pocketing seven medals at the Commonwealth Games, as well as Springbok and Stormers loose forward Duane Vermeulen, Proteas ODI captain AB de Villiers and veteran Banyana Banyana striker Portia Modise.

In the Sportsman of the Year category, Mokoena and Le Clos are joined by 400m hurdler Cornel Fredericks and downhill mountain bike racer Greg Minnaar.

Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen, road cyclist Ashleigh Moolman Pasio and wrestler Mpho Madi, who all earned medals at the Commonwealth Games, were named as nominees for Sportswoman of the Year.

“Our sports stars have done us proud, and this is an opportunity to for them to come together so we can celebrate their achievements,” said sports minister Fikile Mbalula.