Caster Semenya has endured the unimaginable and with just three days before the start of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Semenya has been nominated as a finalist for the annual Spar GSport awards amongst national netball sensation Karla Mostert and 2016 Comrades Marathon champion, Charne Bosman.

Semenya has been at the forefront of turmoil, but being the strong women she is, she picked herself up, dusted off everything negative and she now heads to Rio as the world leader in the women’s 800m. The Spar Gsport Awards, an annual awards ceremony that recognizes women (from all ages) in sport in South Africa, has nominated Caster Semenya as a finalist at The Venue in Melrose Arch (Rosebank). This nomination is an indication that women across South Africa strongly support Semenya in her quest to become a double-Olympic champion; a dream of any athlete!

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Despite the fact that the nomination might boost her confidence, Semenya faces stiff competition from the 2016 Comrades Marathon winner, Charne Bosman, and the South African netball sensation, Karla Mostert. Six Track & Field/Road Running women received nominations, an indication that the sport is back; Caster Semenya (Athlete of the Year Nominee), Charne Bosman (Athlete of the Year Nominee), Tamzin Thomas (Junior Athlete of the Year nominee), Simonay Weitsz (School Sport Star of the Year nominee), Anna “Tannie Ans” Botha (Coach of the Year Nominee) and Mapaseka Makhanya (Style Star of the year) will be flying the flag of the Athletics high at the Spar Gsport Awards.

We wish all the women a blessed women’s month and with the Olympic Games around the corner, let’s support our women (and men) that will be representing South Africa!

Full List of 2016 SPAR Gsport Awards Finalists:

Athlete of the Year:
Charne Bosman | Karla Mostert | Caster Semenya

Athlete of the Year with Disability:
KG Montjane | Justine Asher | Louzanne Coetzee

Junior Athlete of the Year:
Tamzin Thomas | Nokwanda Hlongwane | Sune Luus

School Sports Star of the Year:
Simonay Weitsz | Laura Wolvaardt | Nokwanda Hlongwane

Team of the Year:
Free State Crinums Netball Team | Momentum Proteas | SA Women’s Sevens Team

Coach of the Year:
Anna “Tannie Ans” Botha | Burta de Kock | Dumisani Chauke

Style Star:
Mapaseka Makhanya | Mignon du Preez | Rachel Makhura

Supporter of the Year:
Mama Joy Chauke | Zama K Ngcobo | Fefe Sonti

Volunteer of the Year:
Zelda Hansen | Busisiwe Sijora | Faith Sibeko

Woman in Media Television:
Julia Stuart | Vaylen Kirtley | Motshidisi Mohono

Woman in Media Radio:
Rachel Makhura | Keabetswe Motlokwa | Dikeledi Letsiri

Woman in Media Social Media:
Rachel Makhura | Lee-Ann Mpofu | Dikeledi Letsiri

Woman in Media Print:
Busisiwe Mokwena |Antoinette Muller | Sheetal Cross

Woman of the Year:
Dumisani Chauke| Karen Losch | Faith Sibeko

Written by Reggie Hufkie