South African field athlete Ischke Senekal and karate expert Gcobani Maxama were acknowledged as Nelson Mandela University‘s top stars when Madibaz Sport held their gala awards function in Port Elizabeth tonight.
African champion Maxama was named the Sportsman of the Year for his success at a number of levels, while Senekal, who also won a continental title, received the Sportswoman of the Year trophy for her achievements in shot put and discus.
The function also saw the SPAR Madibaz netball outfit being recognised for an outstanding 12 months by being named Team of the Year.
Maxama was also named the Student Coach of the Year, as well as the being voted the Student Sport Personality of the Year.
This award involved a poll on the Madibaz Facebook page, where students had to vote for their favourite personality. The top three nominees were Maxama, Senekal and netball star Nobubele Phuza.
Maxama took first place at the All Africa Championships in Cape Town in July and also excelled at the University Sport South Africa week.
He dominated the competition by winning gold in kata, semi contact, full contact and team kata, being named the best overall participant at USSA.
Senekal stood out for the Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club in student athletics by winning the shot put and discus events at the USSA tournament.
She also took two gold medals in the Varsity Athletics meetings and added the South African titles to her resume at the national track and field championships.
This made her the first person to ever win two gold medals in the throwing events at the same national champs.
Further success came in the African Senior Championships, where she took a gold medal for shot put and a bronze medal for discus.
The SPAR Madibaz netball team enjoyed one of their best tournaments in Varsity Netball this year, coming close to making the final.
They took the Nelson Mandela Bay league and won all six NMB tournaments in which they played.
At the NMB netball awards in November last year, Jeanie Steyn was named the player of the year and six other Madibaz players received awards.
The list of Madibaz Sport award winners is:
Sportsman of the Year: Gcobani Maxama (karate)
Sportswoman of the Year: Ischke Senekal (athletics)
Technical Official of the Year: Siviwe Bakaqana (cricket)
Coach of the Year: Cheslyn Gie (hockey)
Student Coach of the Year: Gcobani Maxama (karate)
Student Administrator of the Year: Molatelo Racheku (football)
Junior Sportswoman of the Year: Charlize van Zyl (chess)
Junior Sportsman of the Year: Kenan Smith (cricket)
Administrator of the Year: Wade Murison (rowing)
Director of Sport Award: Nobubele Phuza (netball)
Sport Team of the Year: SPAR Madibaz Netball
Community Outreach Award: Madibaz Football Club
Student Sport Personality of the Year: Gcobani Maxama (karate)
Most Improved Club of the Year: Nedbank Madibaz Swimming Club
Club of the Year: SPAR Madibaz Netball Club.