The CGA Annual Awards Dinner, which took place on 16th of November 2019at the Montecasino in Fourways, was to honour the outstanding achievements in athletics within the province. All athletes across the province were gathered at the ceremony, looking absolutely stunning as they exchanged their usual athletics apparel to high-end fashion garments fitting for the occasion.
CGA affiliated athletes were honoured according to their achievements at the various competitions that took part between October 2018 to September 2019 which include (2018 Youth Olympic Games, IAAF World Cross Country, IAAF Relay, CAA African Championships, All African Games, ASA National Championships and CGA Champs) while several administrators and officials were also honoured for their contribution to success of CGA.
The award ceremony was attended by President of Gauteng Sports Confederation Barry Hendricks, Nonhlanhla Sifumba MMC in City of Joburg and Central Gauteng Athletics sponsors and partners (MTN Foundation, Qatar Airways, Tsogo Sun, Spar Coca-Cola, Samsung, Nike, National Lotteries Commission and City of Johannesburg). CGA President James Moloi officially opened the ceremony and addresses the level of improvement in the province. ASA President Aleck Skhosana graced this prestigious occasion with his presence and Motlatsi Keikabile ASA Board Member was one of the high profile guests in attendance.
All eyes were looking forward to the Senior Male and Female of the year category, which was presented by President of Athletics South Africa Aleck Skhosana, and Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi General Manager of MTN SA Foundation. The recipients were Precious Mashele and Tamzin Thomas who both participated at the All African Games in Rabat, Morroco and dominating the ASA Senior Track and Field Combined Events Championships respectively.
“It is my pleasure to be recognized by the province tonight, l wish my father was here to celebrate along with him as he turns many more years today, this one is for him.” Said Thamzin pulling up her trophy with a big smile during the interview post. Precious Mashele couldn’t attend the event as he flew to France for 2019 – 2020 November Half Marathons.
Among the established and emerging stars honoured were 2018 Youth Olympic Gold Medallist Dane Roets and Gontse Morake who also represented South Africa in 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The Olympians walked away with the Junior Female Athlete of the year, which was taken home by Dane Roetsv and Most Promising Female of the Year was scooped by Gontse Morake.
It was double joy for CGA General Manager, Mandla Radebe, as he was named Staff of the Year towards the end of the ceremony. “Selection was one of the toughest tasks to get through this year as all nominees performed well. Announcing all the winners brought joy and pride to the province because it also reflects on the level of talent produced by the province.” Said the General Manager of Central Gauteng Athletics Mandla Radebe.
CGA Cross Country Champ, Maxime Chaumeton has crowned Junior Male Athlete of the year, while CAA African Youth and Junior Championship Gold Medallist, Lythe Pillay was honoured with the Most Promising Male of the year, as they both continue to rise confidently on athletics.
Coach Vusi Masondo of Simunye Global Athletics Club showed a great impact on the development side of athletics, by successfully dominating CGA Cross Country leagues in the age category of U8-10. That’s why he was crowned Development Coach of the Year while legend Hendrick Ramaala was honoured with the Coach of the Year. “ If you want to get further with your athletic career listen to your coach,” said Stephen Mokoka as he was motivating athletes on the stage.
The evening included an emotional awarding of the Presidential Life Time Award that was presented by CGA President James Moloi and ASA President Aleck Skhosana in honouring the following remarkable woman namely; Sisi Moloto, Aggreneth Mogotsi, Colleen McNally, and Selina Metsing for their long term contribution to CGA’s success. “When l got into athletics, during my running days I had the privilege to be guided by these remarkable women that l found in athletics and when l was elected to be CGA President there were still there supporting me and for that, I'm grateful and privileged to honour them while they still alive.” Said CGA President James Moloi.
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