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Winners at the 2019 SAB Sports media awards.

Last night I attended the 39th Annual SAB Sports Media Awards where they recognised the country’s best in the business at a gala event at the Wanderer’s Club. I was nominated for the Radio Sports Presenter of the year and won the Radio Sports Producer of the year award.

The judges were all extremely passionate about the industry, said convenor of judges, John Perlman. “Comments from judges included that some of the entries were ‘simply breath-taking and restored my faith in South African journalism’, while others spoke with equal passion about problems: ‘Because of the unrelenting pressure of daily shows, hourly bulletins and the beast of the 24-hour news cycle, a lack of creativity and originality has crept in’. Whether positive or negative these sentiments reflect a desire to see South African sports journalism flourish.”

Perlman said the Awards showed that there was “much to celebrate and lots to work on. Which is at is should be”.

“We aim to encourage new entrants into covering sport, increasing competition and further increasing quality of sports reporting. We are very proud of our deserving journalists who have done some excellent work,” said Refilwe Masemola, SAB Director of External Communications: Africa Zone.

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Winners in each category received a cash prize of R15,000 with the winner of the Photography sub-category “Action Shot of the Year” and the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in each category receiving R5,000.

The awards also inducted soccer and rugby commentator Mthuthuzeli Scott into the SAB Sports Hall of Fame and acknowledged, esteemed sports freelance writer, Simnikiwe Xabanisa as the Sports Journalists’ Journalist of the Year.

The SAB Sports Media Award winners for 2019 are:

INTEGRATED MEDIA AWARDS

Winner: Lloyd Burnard, News24.com

Newcomer of the Year (photography, written, video and audio media): Joint award to Ahmed Kajee and Michael Pedro, both EWN

AUDIO MEDIA AWARDS

Sports Commentator of the Year: Johan Le Roux, Radio 2000

Sports Presenter of the Year: Thabiso Mosia, SAfm

Sports News Reporter of the Year: Mosibodi Whitehead, Kaya FM

Sports Producer of the Year: Jody Hendricks, RSG

Newcomer of the Year: Sibusiso Mjikeliso, TimesLive

Sibusiso Mjikeliso won two awards

WRITTEN MEDIA AWARDS

Sports Feature Writer of the Year: Sibusiso Mjikeliso

Sports Columnist of the Year: Simnikiwe Xabanisa, SA Rugby Mag

Sports News Reporter of the Year: Marizanne Kok, Beeld & Rapport

Newcomer of the Year: Lorenz Kohler , Kick Off

With Sports Columnist of the Year: Simnikiwe Xabanisa and Radio Sports reporter of the year Mosibodi Whitehead,

PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Sports Photographer of the Year: Sydney Seshibedi, Gallo Images

Action Shot of the Year: Wessel Oosthuizen, SASPA

VIDEO MEDIA AWARDS

Sports Commentator of the Year: Matthew Pearce, SuperSport

Sports News Reporter of the Year: Ronald Masinda, eNCA

Sports Producer of the Year: Tyrone Bailey, SuperSport

Sports Presenter of the Year: Julia Stuart, SuperSport

Newcomer of the Year: Benjamin Leshoro, Newzroom Afrika

Sports Presenter of the Year: Julia Stuart, SuperSport

GENERAL AWARDS:

Journalists’ Journalist of the Year: Simnikiwe Xabanisa, freelancer

Hall of Fame: Mthuthuzeli Scott, SABC

With Hall of Fame winner: Mthuthuzeli Scott of the SABC