Soccer star Amanda Mthandi and hockey captain Taylor Dart were named the sports stars of the year when the University of Johannesburg held its annual Sports Awards function on Thursday night.
The pair, who have earned national colours, were honoured at a gala occasion at the Rand Park Golf Club in Johannesburg.
Mthandi played for South Africa in the World Cup in July, while Dart represented the national hockey side in various tournaments during 2019.
The student-athlete award, which covers academic achievement and sporting excellence, went to squash star Alexa Pienaar.
The MTech fine art student has averaged 77.90% in her five years at UJ and is the top South African player at varsity level.
A third-year transportation management student, Mthandi was also part of the University Sport SA (USSA) team which competed in the World Student Games in Italy this year.
She won further caps for Banyana Banyana in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament.
Dart, who is doing an MTech in architecture, represented the national side which took gold at the African Cup of Nations in Stellenbosch.
In June, the 27-year-old turned out for SA in the FIH Series Finals held in India.
Pienaar also collected the Sportswoman of the Year silver medal after having been at the forefront of UJ’s recent USSA success, a tournament they have won eight years in a row.
Last year, she captained the USSA team at the World University Squash Championships in Birmingham, England, coming second overall.
The men’s silver medal went to hockey player Ernest Jacobs, who captained the Namibian team at the interprovincial indoor tournament in February.
The bronze medal in the Sportswoman of the Year category went to national hockey representative Kristen Paton, while athlete Henrico Bruintjies was the men’s bronze winner for his sprinting achievements at several international meetings this year.