10 July 2019. This weekend saw the South African Gymnastics Federation host four major events. This included its Executive Committee Meeting together with its Technical Disciplines on Friday to discuss key strategic areas for the Federation. Saturday it held its Annual General Meeting where it inducted its first ever Female President for the Federation, Elizabeth Smith as an Honorary Vice-President following her retirement. Thereafter an open meeting was held about Transformation and Governance.
The final event and highlight of the weekend was the Annual Awards Evening celebrating the achievements in 2018. This was a spectacular event held at the Birchwood Hotel where the categories of Junior Gymnast of the Year, Special Awards for coaching and Judging, Retiring Gymnast, Coach of the Year, Senior Gymnast of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Special Awards for Growth & Development, Participation, International Participation, World finalists, World Medalists, Junior Sportsperson, Presidential Award, Sportswomen of the Year and Sportsman of the Year were all presented.
All Provinces were represented at the awards with award winners hailing from seven of the nine Provinces. Most notably the Sportswoman of the Year award went to Keo Mokolopo from Mpumalanga who won silver last year at the 2018 World Jump Rope Championships and on the day of the awards won the bronze medal for freestyle at the 2019 Championships in Norway. She sent a heartfelt acceptance speech in her absence. Sportsman of the Year, Charles Phillips received a standing ovation from the house for bringing home 5 medals at the Down Syndrome World Championships. Charles placed 3rd overall and won gold on parallel bars, silver on rings, vault and high bar. Charles hails from KwaZulu Natal and is coached by Allan Chadwick and is an inspiration to all around him. He is living proof that nothing is impossible and everything is possible in gymnastics.
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The 2018 SAGF award winners were:
JUNIOR GYMNASTS OF THE YEAR 2018
Aerobic Gymnastics (Trio) > Jeanette McLaren, Miranda Peitersen & Anika Zandberg (NW)
Rope Skipping > Thapelo Mmako (MPU)
Trampoline > Siyabulela Siwa (EC)
Tumbling > Ntwe Junior Motladiile (NW)
Artistic Women > Zelme Daries (GAU)
Rhythmic > Azra Dewan (KZN)
Acrobatic Gymnastics (Mixed Pairs) > Rachel Nell & Sidwell Madibeng (GAU)
Artistic Men > Ruan Lange (GAU)
DISCIPLINE SPECIAL AWARDS 2018
Rope Skipping > Simon Mahlangu (MPU)
Acrobatic > Alexander Demianenko (GAU)
Rhythmic > Allison Beyers (GAU)
Rhythmic > Robyn Mueller (KZN)
Artistic Men > Louis Fourie (GAU)
RETIRING GYMNASTS 2018
Rhythmic > Grace Legote (NW)
Aerobic Gymnastics > Dominique Mann, Wilson Mafona & Happy Ledwaba (NW)
COACH OF THE YEAR 2018
Rhythmic > Tatiana Lavrentchouk-vizer (NW)
Aerobic > Emelda Botha (KZN)
Rope Skipping > Masixole Felani (WC)
Artistic Women > Ilse Pelser (GAU)
Trampoline > Benjamin Radebe (GAU)
Tumbling > Lebogang Ramokopelwa (NW)
Acrobatic > Armand Koekemoer (GAU)
Artistic Men > Kevin Basson (GAU)
SENIOR GYMNASTS OF THE YEAR 2018
Aerobic > Demi Botha (KZN)
Rhythmic > Lilica Burger (NW)
Trampoline > Star Mapeka (GAU)
Tumbling > Gaofenngwe Tlatsana (NW)
Artistic Men > Aidan Maguire (GAU)
Rope Skipping > Malusi Tumtumana (WC)
Artistic Women > Caitlin Rooskrantz (GAU)
Artistic Women > Angela Maguire (GAU)
SAGF SPECIAL WARD 2018
Administrator of the Year, SAGF > Cornel Van Der Westhuizen (FS)
Administrator of the Year, Development > Chaka Croucamp (GAU)
Growth & Development > Gauteng School Sport (GAU)
Participation > Mpumalanga Schools Team (MPU)
International Participation for School / Hub > Kagiso Hub (GAU)
Finalist at the World Age Group > Tshepang Mamabolo
Junior Sportsperson of the Year > Lisa Conradie (GAU)
DSIGO World Championships Medalist Coach > Allan Chadwick (KZN)
Honorary Vice-President > Elizabeth Smith (WC)
SPORTSWOMEN OF THE YEAR 2018
Rope Skipping World Championships Medalist > Keo Mokolopo (MPU)
SPORTSMEN OF THE YEAR 2018
DSIGO World Championships Medalist > Charles Phillips (KZN)