19 Apr 2017

The countdown to the Discovery Sport Industry Awards 2017 has begun, and today Sport Industry Group has announced this year’s theme, and the master of ceremony as they build to the event taking place on 18th May 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

To be held under the theme 'Breaking Gold', this year’s Discovery Sport Industry Awards will be all about redefining success. The Awards are not only celebrating the best in sport business, but will also be celebrating those who are redefining standards and rewriting the definition of success in the industry. The Awards are celebrating those who have gone beyond the standard and celebrating those who are 'Breaking Gold'. As can be seen on the Official Shortlist, there are a strong list of candidates, who have already set a new standard.

Sgwili Gumede, chairman of Sport Industry Group said: “Much like our heroes Wayde van Niekerk, Caster Semenya and Quinton de Kock, who all redefined success in their sport in 2016, the Discovery Sport Industry Awards will celebrate the men, women and organisations that redefined success in our industry.”

Television personality Lunga Shabalala will be this year’s master of ceremony. Shabalala is best known for taking over as the host of the SABC1 music show Selimathunzi after winning a countrywide presenter search, in 2011. His journey began when he won the Represent South Africa in the Calvin Klein competition in 2010 and became the face of the men's underwear range. Shabalala’s extensive television career also includes commentating on the second season of the Vuzu countdown show 10 Over 10, and starring in the SABC3 reality series The Man Cave with Janez Vermeiren.

Says Lunga Shabalala: “I am very excited to be a part of this year’s Discovery Sport Industry Awards. With my passion for sport, coupled with my experience in TV and entertainment, I have no doubt that together with the Sport Industry Group, we will pull all the stops to ensure that the night, like its participants, breaks gold.”

Discovery is the headline partner of the 2017 Discovery Sport Industry Awards.

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