Amanda Mthandi and Taylor Dart, who have both earned national colours, were honoured with the Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year accolades at the University of Johannesburg Sports Awards function on Thursday night.
Mthandi was part of the SA soccer squad which took part in the World Cup in July, while Dart represented the national hockey side in various tournaments during 2019.
The student-athlete award, which covers academic achievement and sporting excellence, went to squash star Alexa Pienaar.
The MTech fine art student has averaged 77.90% in her five years of study and is the University Sport South Africa No 1.
Besides achieving her career highlight by playing for South Africa in the World Cup, the 23-year-old Mthandi represented Banyana Banyana at the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) tournament.
A third-year transportation management student, she was also part of the USSA team which competed in the World Student Games in Italy this year, finishing eighth.
Dart, who is doing an MTech in architecture, captained the UJ team this year and played in the African Cup of Nations in Stellenbosch, helping South Africa to achieve first place.
In June, the 27-year-old turned out for SA in the FIH Series Finals held in India and was in the team that qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Pienaar also collected the Sportswoman of the Year silver medal after having been at the forefront of UJ’s recent USSA success, a tournament they have won eight years in a row.
The men’s silver medal went to hockey player Ernest Jacobs, who captained the Namibian national team at the interprovincial indoor tournament in February, where they finished second.
The bronze medal in the Sportswoman of the Year category went to national hockey representative Kristen Paton, while athlete Henrico Bruintjies was the men’s bronze winner for his sprinting achievements at several international meetings this year.