Cycling South Africa congratulates Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, who was nominated in the Sportswoman of the Year as well as Sports Star of the Year categories at The African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 inaugural Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) held in Gauteng, South Africa, on Saturday 25 June.
The AUSC is the sports arm of the African Union and Region 5 represents the following 10 countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The South African list of nominees included:
Junior Sportswoman of the year – Erin Gallagher: Swimming
Sportsman of the year – Wayde van Niekerk: Athletics
Sportswoman of the year – Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio: Cycling
Sportsman of the year with a disability – Lucas Sithole: Tennis
Sportswoman of the year with a disability – Ilse Hayes: Athletics
Sports team of the year – Rugby Sevens: Rugby
Coach of the year – Graham Hill: Swimming
Journalist of the year – Batho Bareng Kortjaas
Sportsperson of the year – Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio: Cycling
Sportsperson of the year – Wayde van Niekerk: Athletics
The event was well attended at a glittering function at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg. There was tremendous pride amongst the African nations that are part of the AUSC Region 5. While swimmer, Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe won the Sportswoman of the year award, star athlete Wayde van Niekerk made a clean sweep, winning the Sportsman of the Year as well as Sports Star of the Year categories.
Cycling South Africa’s President, William Newman, said: “We congratulate Ashleigh on her nominations for these prestigious regional awards. It is fantastic that our sport and riders are recognised at these awards.”
Nominees pocketed US$500 while category winners walked away with US$5 000.00.