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Excellence Awards for Sport are annually awarded to top achievers at a prestige function, known as the Nelson Mandela University Achievers’ Dinner.

Review Period

All nominations for Excellence Awards are for the year beginning on 1 October and ending on 30 September.


Individual Excellence Awards are made to bona fide Nelson Mandela University students who are duly registered members of Nelson Mandela University Sport Clubs and who excel in sport codes recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

Collective Excellence Awards are made to recognised Nelson Mandela UniversitySport Clubs


Recipients are nominated for the following awards:

Individual Awards:

  • Sport Administrator of the Year
  • Sport Coach of the Year
  • Sport Technical Official of the Year
  • Sportswoman of the Year
  • Sportsman of the Year

Collective Awards:

  • Sport Team of the Year
  • Most Improved Sport Club of the Year
  • Sport Club of the Year


All nominations must be submitted in writing and accompanied by a brief motivation, highlighting the nominee’s top achievements in the relevant category and review period. This information must be verified with the relevant and applicable support documentation requested.

Nominations must be signed off by the Chairperson or Vice-Chairperson of the relevant society, club or unit submitting the nomination.

All nominations must be submitted to the relevant controlling officer by close of work onthe last working day of September each year.


The members of the Nelson Mandela University Sport Committee will determine the winners in each category by means of voting, if applicable.

The winners in the categories for Sport Club of the year and Most Improved Sport Club of the year will be determined by the annual Sport Bureau sport club evaluation process, whereby each sport club will have to complete a predetermined evaluation form based on their operational and administrative achievements.

The Nelson Mandela University Sport Committee may call a meeting with the Sport Manager and Chairperson of any club to discuss or get further clarity regarding any nomination submitted.


The criteria for all the individual awards are based on the relevant information required by the description of the award. Information not relevant to the nominated category will be disregarded.

The collective awards are determined by a scoring system, whereby Sports Clubs are evaluated on their performances in the following key areas of sport management:

  • Performance (Local, Regional and National)
  • Administration
  • Financial Management
  • Fund Raising Initiatives
  • Student Social Sport Programmes
  • Student Outreach Events
  • Community Outreach Events
  • Coaching Support
  • Any Other Outstanding Performances


Any student/registered member who has been found guilty by the disciplinary committee of the Nelson Mandela Uiversity/or is still under investigation may not be nominated for any award.