KWAZULU-NATAL PROVINCE HONOURS BEST SPORT ATHLETES
Written by: Venal Naidu
The best athletes from KwaZulu-Natal gathered at the Durban International Convention Centre on Friday for the 2017 KZN Sport Awards.
The awards honoured those who have made an outstanding contribution to sport in the province and the country as a whole, between the 1 of August 2016 and the 31st of July 2017.
Bong’musa Mthembu walked with away with two awards on the night; the Sports Personality of the Year along with the Sportsman of the Year awards.
Mthembu dedicated his awards to those near and dear to him as well as those who voted for him and said that it would not have ben possible without their love and support.
“I just want to dedicate this to all the people that voted for me. These awards are for all the people; my friends, my family, my team mates, and the guys from all over the country that voted for Bong’musa I’m grateful for that,” said Mthembu.
Mthembu further explained that running was something he started for himself but now he runs for all his fans.
“When I started running it wasn’t for anyone, it was for me but today I could see that it’s not for me. It’s for the people that love me. There are so many people who are inspired by the work that I’m doing and I’m grateful for that,” explained Mthembu.
Proteas spin bowler Keshav Maharaj won the award for New Comer of the Year after breaking into the national team in emphatic fashion.
Maharaj was overwhelmed with the award but hopes that the award will help him grow from strength to strength.
“I’m really excited to achieve this award ahead of Curwin Bosch and Andile Phehlukwayo who have both had fantastic seasons, I am very honoured and privileged and I hope that I can become a household name in the Proteas side in the upcoming years,” said Maharaj.
Other awardees on the night included netball player Bongiwe Msomi who won Sportswoman of the year, 14-year-old table tennis player Yukhail Naidoo won the award for Junior Sportman of the Year and Minenhle Mkhize from Isolezwe won the award for Journalist of the Year.
*Caption: Bongmusa Mthembu posing with both of his awards.