TUT recognises sport heroes at annual Prestigious Sport Awards

The energetic athletes who won a gold medal at the University Sport South Africa (USSA) Cross Country, Milton Kekana, and Banyana Banyana captain during the COSAFA competition, Refiloe Jane, were named the Sportsman and Sportswoman of the 2017 TUT Prestigious Sport Awards on 27 October.
In opening the awards evening, Dr RE Moraka, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Student Affairs and Extracurricular Support (SAED), highlighted the importance of sport in the development of students. “The Division of Student Affairs and Extracurricular Development takes a particular interest in outside the class-room experience of students while at TUT. SAED works towards empowering students with soft skills that prepare them to become outstanding members of society. One of the basic social functions of sport in the modern world is its bio-adaptive role and its significance to psychological balance.”

“We aim to produce graduates who are well rounded, with a skills set that is balanced. It is our belief that this type of graduate is what the economy and labour market needs. Sport is a critical role player in the moulding of this type of graduate. Through sport and other interventions, we are able to create social cohesion and work together in harmony, with mutual respect and tolerance.”  

He added that, “University sport can, and does, add to the knowledge and skills that develop young people into productive citizens in a wide range of careers beyond sports. Studies have found that students who regularly participated in activities like basketball and other rigorous sports held and maintained higher grades on average.” 

“University sports is also a great way of uniting communities with local Universities. The more successful a sport team is, the more opportunities there are for drawing in members of the community. In addition, sport is one of the factors that support student recruitment at TUT. Our sporting codes have been performing well in USSA, as well and varsity football tournaments. For instance our female varsity football team has won the varsity football tournament four consecutive times. It is because of such achievements that the TUT brand continues to grow stronger.”

Dr Moraka concluded his address saying, “I would like to take this opportunity to also wish all our student athletes who are sitting for their final examinations all the best.”

The other top achievers of TUT Sport for the year of 2017:

Differently Abled Sportswoman of the Year:
 @Smiley Riba

Differently Abled Sportsman of the Year: 
Thabo Mase Mashisane

Best Performance by a Sport Club Member (Coach): 
Tebogo-Coolio Mokae and Maude Khumalo

Best Performance by a Sport Club Member (Technical Official):
Peter Wright

Best Performance by a Sport Club Member (Administrator):
Busisiwe Mabusi Sijora

Best Performance by a Sport Staff Member (Coach):
Dumisani Chauke

Best Performance by a Sport Staff Member (Administrator):
@Jazz Mnyengeza

Best Academic Performance by a Sport Student:
Lauren Siddall

Best Performance by a Sport Team:

Sport Media Person of the Year:
Charles Baloyi

Varsity Sports/Varsity Cup Team of the Year:
Women's Football

Sports Fan of the Year:
@ronald shirinda

Sport Personality of the Year:
Kagiso Spilboy Mabusela

Intern of the Year:
Kgothatso Khusba Nkoadi

Newcomer of the Year:
Milton Kofman Kekana

Special Honourary Awards:
Banyana Banyana COSAFA Champions – Rachel Sebati, Refiloe Jane and Koketso Tlailane

Director's Awards:
Bushy Moloi (Men’s Football), Tebogo-Coolio Mokae (Women's Football), Machesa Kgomo (Football Manager) and Tebogo Elijah Ncube (Football Mentor)

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