Television director Alvin Naicker, right, was named as the overall winner in the 29th annual SAB Sports Journalist of the Year for his coverage on Supersport of live action soccer and walked away with a grand total of R45 000. He is pictured with Best Newcomer winner Bob Skinstad for his rugby commentaries on Supersport. They are pictured with Skinstad’s wife Debbie. Picture by Lettie Ferreira.
The 2009 SAB Sports Journalist of the Year winner (R25 000): Alvin Naicker of Supersport for his commitment to excellence with live soccer coverage including the MTN 8 final and the Telkom Charity Cup.
Print & Internet winner (R20 000): Gary Lemke (Highbury Safika Media for a selection of articles including Sheer Genius, The Rise of a Stallion and Fool's Gold).
Radio winner (R20 000): Carol Manana (for the programme Beyond the Game on Radio 2000).
Television winner (R20 000): Alvin Naicker (of Supersport for live soccer coverage including the MTN 8 final and the Telkom Charity Cup.)
Best Newcomer winner (R5 000): Bob Skinstad for his rugby commentaries on Supersport.
Most Media Friendly Sports Personality of the Year: Springbok Sevens rugby coach Paul Treu.
SAB Sports Writers Hall of Fame: veteran journalist Joe Latakgomo.
Print and Internet finalists:
Feature writer of the year - Gary Lemke of Highbury Safika Media for his impressive body of magazine work.
Columnist of the year - Mark Keohane of Highbury Safika for his provocative and sometimes controversial pieces. Special mention - Carlos Amato of The Sunday Times.
Match reporter of the year/breaking news reporter - Brenden Nel of Sondag for being a “dogged reporter”. Special mentions to Johan van Wyk of Rapport and David Isaacson of The Sunday Times.
Photographer of the year - Adrian de Kock of The Star for his versatile approach. Special mentions to Sydney Seshibedi of The Times and Duif du Toit of Gallo Images.
Commentator of the year - Thabo Kofa of Lesedi FM for the Bafana Bafana versus Cameroon match
Programme of the year - Hennie Koortzen of Radio Rippel for his rugby coverage on Rugby Radio.
Presenter of the year - Carol Manana of Radio 2000 for Beyond the Game.
News reporter of the year - Trevor Cramer of Jacaranda FM for his sports coverage. Special mention for Lelo Mzaca of 702 Eyewitness News Sports.
Insert of the year - No award was made in this category this year.
Programme of the year - Gert Roets of Supersport for his programme Springbok Saga. Special mentions for Rudi Nel of Supersport and Carina Grobler of SABC Sport.
Live outside broadcast production of the year - Alvin Naicker of Supersport for live soccer coverage including the MTN 8 final and the Telkom Charity Cup.
Commentator of the year - Duane Dell'oca of SABC Sport for the Chiefs versus Pirates match.
Presenter/personality of the year - Mpumelelo Mbangwa of Supersport for cricket commentaries. Special mentions for Lebo Motsoeli of SABC Sport and Robert Marawa of Supersport.
News reporter of the year - Peter Stemmet of eTV for his reports on rugby, boxing and the A1 Grand Prix.
Insert of the year - Crystal Arnold of Supersport for Crystal IPL Corner.
Print & Internet - Ryan Vrede of Highbury Safika a body of work including Magnifique, Playboy and The Ultimate Fighter.
Radio - Thabiso Mosia of Kaya FM for his sports bulletins.
Television - Bob Skinstad for his rugby commentaries on Supersport.
The judges were Joe Latakgomo (convenor), Bokkie Gerber, Guy Hawthorne, Len Maseko, Arthur Molisiwa, Clinton van der Berg, Zama Masondo, Jan Snyman, Joe Visagie, Robin Kempthorne and Tex Texeira.