Tuesday, 13 October 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa. – South African no.1 and world no.8 wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane – for a second time – named Sportswoman of the year with a disability at the Gauteng Sport Awards on Sunday night at Silverstar Casino in Mogale City.
Montjane was first bestowed the honour in 2013 for the same category following her first Swiss Open title.
The superstar has maintained her position in the top 10 women players in the world for the past four years, and secured key results over the past year, which moved her into the top 8 once more. Montjane recently made headlines after she claimed two titles at the Swiss Open and the Belgian Open doubles title. Her major achievements in 2015 includes reaching the Singles finals of the Airports Company South SA Open, and clinching the doubles event. The world no.8 reached the Singles semi-finals of the Melbourne Open, won the doubles, and won the singles and doubles events at the Queensland Open, in January 2015.
The 29-year-old was nominated ahead of the country’s top rallying blind navigator, Bonita Blankenberg and wheelchair basketball star, Masego Goodness Mokhine.
“To be able to be selected from those big names is a truly great achievement that I’m very proud of,” Montjane said.
“I was very privileged to win it in 2013, and to win it again means the world to me.”
South African wheelchair tennis champ Lucas Sithole was a finalist in the sportsman of the year with a disability category and sports personality of the year, but was beaten by University of Johannesburg athlete Andrea Dalle Ave and Banyana Banyana defender, Janine Van Wyk respectively.