Van Dyk and Asher win South African Sport Awards

Handcycling world champions were amongst the 15 winners at the 2014 ceremony held in Johannesburg. 01 Dec 2014
Women in hand-bike racing on a road

South African hand-cyclist Justine Asher has proven herself to be a trailblazer in both her sport and in her home country.

ⒸJean- Baptiste Benavent
By South African Sport Awards | IPC

Handcylists Ernst Van Dyk and Justine Asher were crowned winners at the South African Sport Awards held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, on Sunday (30 November) evening.

Van Dyk, who won a gold and a silver medal at the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in the USA, was named Sportsman of the Year with a Disability.

The Boston marathon winner missed out however on the Sports Star of the Year award which he was nominated for alongside five others. Women’s footballer Portia Modise was the recipient of the main prize of the evening which was voted for by the South African public.

After receiving the award, Van Dyk tweeted: “Fantastic result for @Cycling_SA tonight! Federation with a bunch of winners! @SASportsAwards #SASA14”.

Fellow handcyslist Asher, who won two road world titles in 2014 and claimed four World Cup wins in the H2 class was named Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability.

“I'm honoured to have won Sportswomen of the year with disability #SPARgsportAwards Thanks to @gsport4girls for showcasing woman in sport,” tweeted Asher on Sunday evening.

She followed it up on Monday morning with a second tweet: “Thank you @SASportsAwards for a memorable evening and for the huge honour of being selected as SA Sportswomen of the year with Disability”.

Organised by the Department of Sport and Recreation, together with partners SASCOC, SABC, National Lotteries Board and Supersport, the South African Sport Awards recognised 15 winners in 19 categories.