Gary Player, one of the greatest golfers of all time and one of only five professionals to have won golf's grand slam of all four major championships, was presented with the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award at the fourth annual Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony in Monaco.
Sports scientist Tim Noakes has won the University of Cape Town Book Award for the fourth edition of Lore of Running, the best-selling guide that is widely regarded as the "Runners' Bible", covering everything from the latest in research to training schedules, nutrition, psychology and advice on injuries.
The National Olympic Committee of SA's Operation Excellence programme is helping SA's top athletes in their quest for Olympic glory. Nocsa will spend about R50-million on its team for Athens 2004 - nowhere near the amounts spent by countries like the US, but spending wisely is spending well.
It came as no surprise to Gary Kleynhans when three young black surfers were selected for the Western Province longboard surfing team this year. For the past four years, the former SA surfing champion has been developing the sport among Cape Town's underprivileged kids. And surf lessons are only part of his project.
South African cycling is booming, if the growth in participants and sponsors is anything to go by. And with the Cape Argus Pick 'n Pay Cycle Tour and the Pick 'n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge, SA is showing the world the way in massed events.
"I'll take this one and I'll hit you", says 12-year-old Walter. Kagiso shakes his head: "Ag man, that's an old trick. Now you think you can fly anywhere with those cows." Flying cows can mean only one thing - these two youngsters are engaged in the ancient battle of morabaraba, an African board game that traces back over 3 000 years.
It's well known that South Africa has produced some of the all-time greats of golf, cricket and rugby. Less well known is the fact that a man destined for American football's Hall of Fame, the scorer of the most points in the history of the NFL, was born in Parys and raised in Durban, South Africa.