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The South African Breweries (SAB) has announced the winners of its 37th annual SAB Sports Media Awards on Thursday, 23 November. #justjody publisher and host of RSG sport Jody Hendricks bagged his third award in two years.

“At SAB we believe that sport plays a powerful rule in empowering individuals and bringing positive change to communities. We are committed, through our company strategy, to improving lives,” says Robyn Chalmers, director communications, SAB and AB InBev Africa.

“Equally important is appreciating the work that goes into reporting and analysing sporting news. It is through our sporting media that we are able to gain more insights into each game and the world of sport. We appreciate the light they shine on these events and issues, and it is important that they are recognised for excellence in this sphere,” adds Chalmers.

A professional independent judging panel selects the winners within each of the 17 categories. The sub-category winners each received cash prizes of R15 000, while each Newcomer of the Year receives R5 000, and the journalists’ Journalist of the Year receives a cheque for R10 000. The winners of the SAB Sports Media Awards for 2017 can be found below.

Jody with his award.

Winners of the Digital Media Awards are:

Converged Media – Trent Key of MoonSport;
Audio Media – Nkululeko Nkewu of Soccer Laduma Radio;
Video Media as well as Newcomer of the Year – Kenanao Ngqula of SuperSport; and
Written Media – Johan Coetzee of SuperSport.com.

Winners of the Audio Media Awards are:

Sports Commentator of the Year – Rienier Swart of MotswedingFM, SABC;
Sports News Reporter of the Year – Jody Hendricks of Radio Sonder Grense (RSG);
Sports Producer of the Year as well as Sports Presenter of the Year – Ettienne Ludick of RSG; and
Newcomer of the Year – Nkululeko Nkewu of Soccer Laduma Radio / IONO FM.

Winners of the Written Media Awards are:

Sports Feature Writer of the Year – Marizanne Kok of Rapport;
Sports Columnist of the Year – Simnikiwe Xabanisa of CityPress;
Sports News Reporter of the Year – David Isaacson of Tiso Blackstar Group (formerly known as Times Media Group); and
Newcomer of the Year – Tinus van Staden of Beeld.

Winners of the Photography Awards were:

Sports Photographer of the Year – Christiaan Kotze of South African Picture Agency (SASPA);
Action Shot of the Year – Ettienne van Rensburg of MooiVaal Media;
Hall of Fame: Mark Gleeson, freelance; and
Newcomer of the Year – Velile Mbuli of SABC.

Winners of the Video Media Awards are:

Sports Commentator of the Year – Kevan Evans of SuperSport;
Sports News Reporter of the Year – Junia Stainbank of eNCA;
Sports Producer of the Year – Hendrina Grove of SuperSport;
Sports Presenter of the Year – Vaylen Kirtley of Morning Live, SABC; and
Newcomer of the Year – Kenanao Ngqula of SuperSport.