Road running star Mapaseka Makhanya will battle it out with hot shot surfer Bianca Buitendag and champion rower Kirsten McCann for the coveted SPAR gsport Athlete of the Year award.

This was announced by leading women’s sports initiative gsport, as it unveiled the list of finalists for the 8th Annual gsport Awards on 20 November 2013, at the prestigious Wanderers Club in Illovo.

“It is now up to the public to choose the overall winners in these categories. It was a tough challenge for the judges and gsport thanks them for applying their minds and producing top finalists in each category,” said gsport Founder, Kass Naidoo.

“SPAR is proud to be associated with these prestigious sports awards for the second year,” said SPAR Sponsorship Manager, Belinda Nel.

“The nominations each year feature the top South African women who all deserve to win. We celebrate each of these powerful women in each of these categories as they are winners within their own right,” said Nel.

Public voting is open on the gsport website –  – from 30 October to 13 November 2013.

Former winner Kgothatso Montjane will take on fellow Paralympic stars, Ilse Hayes and Sandra Khumalo for the gsport Athlete of the Year with Disability award.

Golf sensation Nobuhle Dlamini, junior track star Gena Lofstrand, and top junior swimmer Nathania van Niekerk are up for top honours in the gsport Up and Coming Athlete category.

SPAR Proteas netball coach Elize Kotze, who won the gsport Coach of the Year award last year, is up for the award again this year, alongside national diving coach Dominique Philippopoulos and Suzanne Ferreira, who coaches a number of South Africa’s top Paralympic athletes.

In the Woman of the Year category, Netball South Africa President, Mimi Mthethwa, acting SAFA Technical Director Fran Hilton-Smith and international rugby referee Marlize Jordaan are up for top honours.

Morning Live Sports anchor, Vaylen Kirtley, is up against EWN Sport Johannesburg news editor, Cindy Poluta and Lesedi FM sportscaster, Dikeledi Makhongoana, the Woman in Media award.

In the gsport Volunteer of the Year category, swimming development coach Betty Dlamini is shortlisted alongside gaming coach Morizane Boyes and KZN Tennis veteran administrator, Delva Schafer.

Popular Soccerzone presenter Minnie Dlamini leads the battle for gsport Style Star honours where she will be up against 5FM radio personality and DJ Poppy Ntshongwana and Vuzu presenter Dineo Moeketsi.

List of Nominees for Public Voting:

SPAR gsport Athlete of the Year Award:

Bianca Buitendag

Kirsten McCann

Mapaseka Makhanya

Athlete of the Year with Disability:

Ilse Hayes

Sandra Khumalo

Kgothatso Montjane

Up and Coming Athlete of the Year:

Nobuhle Dlamini

Gena Lofstrand

Nathania van Niekerk

Coach of the Year:

Dr Suzanne Ferreira

Elize Kotze

Dominique Philippopoulos

Volunteer of the Year:

Morizane Boyes

Betty Dlamini

Delva Schafer

Woman in Media:

Cindy Poluta

Vaylen Kirtley

Dikeledi Makhongoana

Style Star:

Poppy Ntshongwana

Dineo Moeketsi

Minnie Dlamini

Woman of the Year:

Mimi Mthethwa

Fran Hilton-Smith

Marlize Jordaan

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