On 16 September 2017, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) hosted the Provincial Sport Awards at Century City Conference Centre.
The evening celebrated the sporting achievements of athletes who had won at the regional sport awards, which took place in July this year. These regional winners all became nominees for the Provincial awards, and saw the crowning of the Provincial winner in each category.
Head of Department Brent Walters opened the evening and congratulated all the nominees. He also emphasized the importance of recognising sporting achievements and establishing role models in sport for youth. “Sport ensures that young people are actively and positively engaged. Tonight we acknowledge those who have reached a pinnacle in their sport and their stories of self-belief and perseverance must be told. Each nominee has a story of hope, character, opportunity, aspiration and inspiration,” he said.
Anroux Marais, Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, expressed her pride in all the nominees. “The Western Cape’s sport stars have done us proud by holding our name high at national and international events.”
“Thank you for making the conscious decision to participate, put in the hours of training and competing at various levels.” she said. Winners were announced in the 24 different categories.
Eden Cycling received an award for the Federation of the year. “We are not a big Federation, but we have people with big hearts and a passion for their sport. It was hard work, but I must emphasize that it was a team effort by people working behind the scenes,” said Corné Bence, president of Eden Cycling.
Anzel Laubscher (Western Province Chess) took the title of Sportswoman of the Year and Seabelo Senatla (Western Province Rugby) being crowned Sportsman of the Year.