At the South African Sports Awards ceremony held in Sandton, Vernon Philander, a Cricketer with South Africa’s Cape Cobras, was announced as South Africa’s ‘Sportsman of the Year”.
The Acting CEO of Cricket South Africa (CSA), Jacques Faul, congratulated Vernon, regarding him as being an inspirational member of the Proteas Castle Lager test squad during the past year.
“To become the fastest player to take 50 test match wickets in more than 100 years is a phenomenal achievement on its own. But to do so in his debut year of test match cricket is truly remarkable. To cap it all he was named Man of the Match in South Africa’s test victory at Lord’s this year when the Proteas claimed the No 1 ranking in test match cricket,” said Jacques.
The South African Sports Awards is considered to be the biggest sports awards yet, and the title of ‘Sports Star of the Year’ went to Olympic gold-medalist Swimmer, Chad Le Clos.
Le Clos won gold in the men’s 200m butterfly at the London Olympic Games when he beat legendary American Swimmer, Michael Phelps, and also notched up a silver in the men’s 100m butterfly.
At the same awards ceremony, Caster Semenya was named the ‘Sportswoman of the Year’, she won the silver medal in the 800m race in the London Olympics.
Pistorius got the ‘Sportsman of the Year with a Disability’ after becoming the first amputee runner to compete at the Olympics, with Du Toit was named Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability.
For securing the most votes from the South African public to become Sportsman of the year, Vernon gets R1 million and a luxury BMW car.