Excellence in school sport in Gauteng Province took centre stage at the annual Gauteng School Sport Awards ceremony, held on Thursday, February 27, at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni.
Top performing schools, teams, sporting codes and individual coaches, administrators and learner/athletes were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in 2019.
Itumeleng Secondary School was the night’s biggest winner, winning in all 3 categories for which they were nominated. The school for Learners with Special Educational Needs (LSEN), was awarded LSEN School of the Year for having produced several learners who have competing in provincial, national and international sporting competitions across a number of sporting codes including, athletics, gymnastics, cricket, football and netball. Itumeleng pupils Ofense Matsite and Basetsana Skosana were crowned LSEN Male Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year for their respective success in football and netball.
Organized annually by the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation together with the Gauteng Department of Education, the School Sport Awards shine a light on achievements made in school sports as the foundation of talent identification, development and catalyst for social cohesion and transformation.
In a congratulatory message, Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC, Mbali Hlophe said, “A massive congratulations to all of the winners. As we prepare to revive the Wednesday League programme in schools across Gauteng, it is very exciting and inspiring to see such great talent coming out of our schools.”
Gauteng has performed exceptionally well in school sports for the past five years, with consecutive national championship wins and dominating in a number of sporting codes, such as swimming, athletics, chess, netball and volleyball.
2020 Gauteng School Sport Awards Winners:
Coach of the year: Tebogo Mochobo (Rugby)
Technical Official of the Year: Americo Juma (Softball)
Administrator of the Year: Nkosilathi Moyo (Volleyball)
Primary School Male Athlete of the Year: Ockert Spies Multi-coded (Hockey, Rugby, Athletics – Laerskool Impala)
Primary School Female Athlete of the Year: Kajol Naidoo (Chess – Radfrod House Primary School)
Secondary school Female athlete of the Year: Dane Roets (Athletics – Hoerskool Noordheuwel)
Secondary school Male athlete of the Year: Sinesipho Dambile (Athletics – TUKS Sport)
Learners with Special educational Needs (LSEN) School Female Athlete of the Year: Basetsana Skosana (Itumeleng Special School – Netball/gymnastics/Rowing)
Learners with Special educational Needs (LSEN) School Male Athlete of the Year: Ofense Matsite (Itumeleng – LSEN School Athletics/Football)
Primary School of the year: Laerskool Impala
Secondary School sport of the Year: Queens High School
Sport Team of the Year: Hlangabeza Primary School Girls U/13 Chess Team
LSEN School of the Year: Itumeleng Special School
Sports Code of the Year: Rugby
Special Award: Oupa Mosai (Lifetime Achiever)