The main award categories of the night, Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year, were handed to joint winners Ursula Grobler and Kirsten McCann, and Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling, respectively. Grobler and McCann faced stiff competition for the award from fellow rowers Kate Christowitz and Lee- Anne Persse, Olympic athlete Wenda Nel, and Paralympic swimmer, Emily Gray, but it was the World Cup bronze medallists who came up on top after a stellar year in both UP and SA colours. It was a similar situation for Brittain and Keeling, who were nominated alongside Olympic 100 m finalist, Akani Simbine, silver medallist swimmer Cameron van der Burgh and long jump silver medallist Luvo Manyonga

TuksNetball also had a memorable evening, winning Team Sports Club of the Year and Best Organised Campus League. TuksNetball coach Jenny van Dyk earned herself Coach of the Year while the Principal’s Award for Academic and Sporting Excellence went to Protea Izette Lubbe. The evening also offered a heartfelt tribute to TuksSport director, Kobus van der Walt for his contribution to TuksSport for over two decades. Van der Walt bade farewell to TuksSport with these words: “It is now time to remember an important philosophy embedded in our culture, namely that our desire to win determines that being good is never good enough. We have done well over the last few years but it’s not about short-term performance. It’s about building something [that is] special and lasting.Maintain and improving our winning culture.’ 

 

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