Ekurhuleni women in sport celebrated

The Ekurhuleni Women in Sports Awards ceremony recently took place to honor the local sports women and administrators who have represented the City well.

The gala dinner was hosted in the City of Ekurhuleni on Heritage Day, September 24.

The awards are the brainchild of Futballing Girls Founder Moonira Ramathula, who after winning an award herself in 2017, decided to start women in sports awards at district level to recognise, celebrate and empower women in sport.

The Futballing Girls Women in Sports Awards debuted in Ekurhuleni in September 2018, and have since been launched in all five districts in Gauteng, culminating in the Gauteng Women in Sports Awards.

Futballing Girls will soon be lunching women in sports awards in other provinces across the country as part of the organisations women empowerment initiative.

Futballing Girls Founder Moonira Ramathula speaks at the Ekurhuleni Women in Sports Awards

In her address, Moonira Ramathula said: “Ekurhuleni is always special for us because this is where it all began four years ago. As much as the pandemic has affected participation in sport, we still felt that we needed to continue with our awards, as recognition should not stop. What is so different and special about our awards is that we have Olympians, community builders, and grassroots athletes in one room. Lastly I would like to congratulate all the nominees and finalists for all their hard work in keeping girls and women in sport brand alive in communities.”

The Ekurhuleni Women in Sports Awards are just one of five ceremonies, along with four others which represent the four corridors of the province (Tswane, Sedibeng, West Rand and Joburg).

Winners on the night ranged from Sonti Mofokeng a community builder who managed to start the first ever girls league in Kathlehong with 14 teams, to Maria Combrink,a Paralympian, Nicola Garcia who is currently in Sweden participation in an international Golf Tournament after 2 years of injury.

Dorcas Mlangeni a Tembisa teacher who is passionate about her community and netball and immerses herself into producing young national schools netball champions.

Another big winner on the night is School Sport Athlete of the year Clarissa Le Roux, who competed in the Schools National Championship in Paarl this year, bringing home medals.

Here’s a list of the winners:

Coach Of The Year: Dorcus Sibongile Mlangeni – School Netball

Sportswoman Of The Year: Mmahiine Koketso Ramaila – Softball

Sports Achiever Of The Year: Nicole Garcia – Golf

Club Of The Year: Peace Lovers Football & Netball Club – Football & Netball

Administrator Of The Year: Pontsho Precious Shakhane – Football

Sportswoman Of The year With A Disability: Maria Combrink – Paralympian

School Sports Athlete Of The Year: Clarissa le Roux – School Athletics

Sponsor Of The Year: Betway South Africa

Community Project Of The Year: Gauteng Women’s Rugby Institute – Rugby

Community Sports Journalist Of The Year: Sharon Mdaka – African Reporter

Community Sports Radio Presenter Of The Year: Votile Jack – EKFM

Volunteer Of The Year: Sonti Mofokeng – Football

Each finalists received a Futballing Girls pamper pack and framed certificate, whereby winners in addition received a crystal glass trophy, bottle of Champaign from Simonsig and lipstick from Essence Cosmetics.

Be the first to comment

Share your input on this article

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.