National hockey player Ignatius Malgraff and netball star Nolusindiso Twani won the top sports awards when the Nelson Mandela University‘s Achievers Awards evening was held at the South Campus in Port Elizabeth last night.
Malgraff took the Sportsman of the Year honours for his exploits on the hockey field, while rising star Twani was the Sportswoman of the Year.
A goal-hungry striker, Malgraff leaves for Egypt today where he will be representing the South African senior side in the Africa Cup.
Following the men’s interprovincial in Johannesburg in August, the human movement science student was the only Eastern Province player to be chosen for the national side.
He also turned out for SA in several tests earlier this year, while he is one of the marquee players for the Professional Hockey League to be played from November 25 to December 10.
Twani, who is also studying human movement science, was included in the SA team that participated in the World Youth Cup in Botswana in July, just one of the several representative teams for which she has been selected.
Playing for the Eastern Cape Aloes in the Brutal Fruit league, she was named player of the match against Limpopo Baobabs. She also turned out the Madibaz Varsity Netball team.
The Club of the Year award went to the Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club after they ended sixth out of 23 teams at the University Sport South Africa championships.
The club ran various inter-student road-running events and conducted community outreach coaching clinics in Graaff-Reinet and Patensie.
The full list of awards was:
Sportsman of the Year: Ignatius Malgraff
Sportswoman of the Year: Nolusindiso Twani
Club of the Year: Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club
Administrator of the Year: Zimasa Dunywa (hockey)
Coach of the Year: Delaine Christian (water polo)
Technical official of the Year: Wade Murison (rowing)
Team of the Year: Men’s hockey