Bowls South Africa’s heroes and heroines of the XX Commonwealth Games at Glasgow Scotland, winners of five gold and two bronze medals, have been nominated for Team of the Year at the SA Sports Awards in November, when a multi-million pool of prizes will be awarded in 17 categories. South Africa’s Proteas vie with the Gold medal winning SA Sevens rugby side in Glasgow and the successful SA Under-19 cricket side as the short list in the category. SA Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula, announcing final nominees said, “Our sports stars have done us proud and this is an opportunity to for them to come together so we can celebrate their achievements.”
Winners will be announced next month and a total of R3.7 million awarded to winners in each category – first prize of R1 million and a luxury car goes to the Sport Star of the Year, a tenfold increase in prize money in this category from last year. All nominees receive R10 000. Said Bowls SA president, Allan Freeman, “South Africa can be thoroughly proud of our players who completely dominated against the world’s best. No country has ever won as many medals at a single Commonwealth Games in almost 90 years.”
In Glasgow the women’s side won three gold and two bronze medals, the men two and the world champion visually impaired pairs and disabled triples each won gold in their disciplines.
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