Kolisi named Newcomer of the Year
Western Province and Stormers flanker Siya Kolisi's stellar season has been rewarded with the Newcomer of the Year Award at the SA Sports Awards.
The 21-year-old walked off with the gong in Sandton on Sunday evening in regonition of his fantastic year which saw him make his Stormers debut, playing in 16 of his team's 17 matches.
Kolisi was called up to the Springbok training squad in June but did not feature in any matches. Many felt he was on the brink of breaking into the national side only to suffer a season-ending thumb injury in the Currie Cup.
In the Coach of the Year category, Banyana Banyana's Joseph Mkhonza walked away with the spoils, edging out Stormers and WP boss Allister Coetzee who guided his teams to the SA Conference title (Super Rugby) and the Currie Cup title.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Sports Star of the Year: Chad le Clos (Swimming)
Sportsman of the Year: Vernon Philander (Cricket)
Sportswoman of the Year: Caster Semenya (Athletics)
Coach of the Year: Joseph Mkhonza (Football)
Sportswoman of the Year with Disability: Natalie du Toit (Swimming)
Sportsman of the Year with Disability: Oscar Pistorius (Athletics)
Federation of the Year: Rowing
Team of the Year: Rowing
Administrator of the Year: Wimpie du Plessis (Rowing)
Newcomer of the Year: Siya Kolisi (Rugby)
Volunteer of the Year: Sondiso Magajana (Judo)
School Team of the Year: Ithembelihle High (Rugby)
Journalist of the Year: Velile Mbuli
Photographer of the Year: Sydney Seshibedi
Recreation Body of the Year: Vakhegula (Vakhegula Football)
Steve Tshwete Lifetime Award 2012: Elijah Tap Tap Makhithini (Boxing), Papwa Sewgolum Sewsunker (Golf), Sam Ramsamy, Petros Molemela (Football), Sally Little (Golf), Joost van der Westhuizen (Rugby).
Green Jacket Recipients for 2012: Matthews Motshwareteu (Athletics), Blanche Moila (Athletics), Grant Khomo Was bestowed with order of Ikhamanga (Cricket, Rugby, Football and Tennis), Nelson Teenage Dladla (Football).