Caster Semenya says that she’s humbled to be nominated among a host of stars as the Sportswoman of the Year at the upcoming Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco, to be held in late February.
The current Olympic and World 800m champion gave the Laureus Power of Sport podcast an exclusive insight on her nomination, where she’ll go up against the likes of tennis superstar Serena Williams, fellow athlete Allyson Felix, swimmer Katie Ledecky, skier Mikaela Shiffrin and Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.
“It is an amazing feeling. I feel privileged and honoured to receive an opportunity like this,” said Semenya.
She then went on to acknowledge the role that her faith plays in her achievements as well as the support that she’s received, in all spheres, not just in South Africa but around the world.
“I’m looking forward to the Awards and I feel blessed to be nominated among the best ladies in the world and congratulations to each and every nominee, God bless them and thank you to Laureus for the recognition,” she added.The Power of Sport is once again hosted by Jean Smyth and will build on the success it achieved in 2017 which featured 11 eleven episodes and three special editions.
This first episode of 2018 also includes a sit-down interview with the interim head coach of the South Africa women’s football team, Desiree Ellis. The widely-feted coach of Banyana Banyana chats to us about being crowned as the continent’s best team in 2017, her personal goals for 2018 and beyond and she also shares an insight on the state of the women’s game in the country. It’s an interview not to be missed.
To round off this edition South Africa’s latest sporting star on the global stage is cyclist Nic Dlamini. The 22-year-old from Cape Town shares his emotions ahead of his debut race on the World Tour, the Tour Down Under, where he’ll be racing for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.