Siya Kolisi has been nominated for a prestigious international award… but he needs everyone in South Africa to vote for him!
Siya Kolisi’s inspirational rise from a childhood in the Zwide Township in Port Elizabeth to became the first black captain of a Springbok side was lauded as one of the most significant moments in South African rugby history.
And Laureus, a global movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good, want to honour the incredible story!
Kolisi has been nominated for the “Sporting Moment of the Year” award but the prestigious honour is votes based, and Laureus are putting a call out to everyone to support and vote for him (you can do that by clicking here).
The first Patron of Laureus was Nelson Mandela. At the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, President Mandela said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.”
This has become the philosophy of Laureus, the driving belief behind all they do. Laureus combines Laureus Sport for Good, the Laureus World Sports Academy and Ambassadors Programme and the Laureus World Sports Awards to form a unique organisation that uses the inspirational power of sport as a force for good.
Nominees in other categories have also been announced following voting of world sports media, with legends of Laureus World Sports Academy to select winners.
FIFA World Champions France are in contention for Laureus World Team of the Year while stars of the tournament Kylian Mbappé and Luka Modric receive nominations in the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year category.
PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games medalists also feature heavily, with Ester Ledecka and Mikaela Shiffrin nominated for Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, the Norway Winter Olympic Team recognised in the Laureus World Team of the Year category and Sophia Goggia listed among the nominees for Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year. In contention for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year are Winter Olympic medalists Yuzuru Hanyu, Mark McMorris, Bibian Mentel-Spee and Lindsey Vonn, while Paralympic gold medalists Henrieta Farkasova, Brian McKeever and Oksana Masters are nominated for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, Kenyan marathon world record-breaker Eliud Kipchoge, tennis world No.1 Novak Djokovic and NBA great LeBron James join FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner Modric and FIFA Best Young Player Mbappé in what promises to be a hotly contested Laureus World Sportsman of the Year category.
Winter Olympic champions Ester Ledecka and Mikaela Shiffrin are joined in the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award category by celebrated gymnast and the first woman to win four All-Around world titles Simone Biles, Grand Slam tennis champions Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber and four-time Ironman World Champion Daniela Ryf.
After winning their fifth straight Formula One Constructors World Championship, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team pick up their third nomination in a row for the Laureus World Team of the Year. Joining them and France Men’s Football Team in a category filled with world-beating teams are three-in-a-row Champions League winners Real Madrid, Winter Olympic medal table-toppers Norway Winter Olympic Team, NBA champions Golden State Warriors and the victorious European Ryder Cup Team.
Trailblazing Spaniard Ana Carrasco, the first woman to secure a motor cycling world title, is nominated for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year. Joining Carrasco is Japan’s first ever Grand Slam tennis champion Naomi Osaka, Norwegian teenage European 1500 and 5000m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, Italian downhill skiing champion Sofia Goggia and Jamaican sprint sensation Briana Williams.
US Tour Championship winner Tiger Woods, who won his first tournament in five years, is nominated in the Laureus World Comeback of the Year category. Alongside Woods is India’s first ever Laureus Nominee, wrestling champion Vinesh Phogat and four inspirational Winter Olympic comeback athletes, Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, US ski racing legend Lindsey Vonn and Dutch Paralympic champion Bibian Mentel-Spee.
The toughest competition is likely to be for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award. Joining the Paralympic gold medalists in a category shortlisted by a select panel from the International Paralympic Committee are Wimbledon, Australian Open and US Open champion wheelchair tennis star Diede de Groot, undefeated Boccia star Grigorios Polychronidis and T64 men’s long jump world record holder Markus Rehm.
Surfing and snowboarding superstars lead the nominations for the Laureus Action Sportsperson of the Year Award. Australian surfing great Stephanie Gilmore, who won her record-equalling seventh world title in Hawaii, is nominated alongside two Brazilians: men’s world champion Gabriel Medina and record-breaking big-wave surfer Maya Gabeira. Also in contention in the category are US Winter Olympic snowboard champions Chloe Kim and Shaun White and Austrian Big Air gold medalist Anna Gasser.
The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during 2018, are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar. The winners, as voted for by the 66 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be unveiled at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on February 18.