Johannesburg – National team captain Austin Smith was named the South African Player of the Year on Monday, after leading his team through the qualifiers to participate in last year's Olympic Games.
The senior men's side won the gold medal at the Olympic Qualifier Tournament in Japan, in May 2012, and finished in 11th place at the London Games.
Captain Marsha (née Marescia) Cox was the Women’s Player of the Year, after her team successfully competed in the Olympic qualifiers in India, in February last year, and finished in 10th place at the 2012 Olympic Games.
SA Hockey Association Awards for 2012:
U18 Girls: Kirsty Gibbings – KZN Coastal
U18 Boys: Kerwin Christoffels – Border
U21 Women: Izelle Lategan – Free State
U21 Men: Clinton Panther – Southern Gauteng
Senior Women: Marsha (Marescia) Cox – Southern Gauteng
Senior Men: Austin Smith – Western Province – Sapa