At a gala function held in Port Elizabeth on Friday, Alaric Basson has been named the Nelson Mandela University Sportsman of the Year.
The Madibaz Sport gala function specifically recognised Alaric for becoming the first swimmer from the University to represent South Africa at the World Championships held in Korea in July.
The specialist breaststroker, who is currently doing his BTech in construction management, has continued to swim his way to the highest level in the pool.
A member of the national squad, the 23-year-old also turned out for the South African team at the World Student Games in Italy in July.
His performance at the 2019 All-African Games resulted in three gold medals [100m and 200m breaststroke and 100m medley relay] and a silver [200m freestyle relay].
Besides being Eastern Cape’s best breaststroker, Alaric was crowned the national 200m champion at the SA Championships in Durban in April, where he also won two silver medals and a bronze.
At the National Short Course Championships in Pietermaritzburg in August, he was a triple gold medallist in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and the 200m medley relay.
He was named the male swimmer of the event at the University Sports South Africa Championships last month, winning four gold medals for Madibaz and breaking the 100m breaststroke record, which had stood for 10 years.
Alaric is also a pretty popular guy on campus.
The university conducted an online poll among students on the Madibaz Facebook page and as a result, he was named the Sports Personality of the Year.
The sportswomen of the year were shot put and discus gold medalling champ, Ischke Senekal, and the Sports Team of the Year accolade went to the Madibaz Karate Club.
The Karate Club is National University Champions and three of their members; Gcobani Maxama, Lwazi Finca and Yongama Booi; were selected for an international tournament in Japan in November.
The full list of award winners are:
Sportsman of the Year: Alaric Basson (swimming)
Sportswoman of the Year: Ischke Senekal (athletics)
Sport Team of the Year: Madibaz Karate Club
Technical Official of the Year: Claudine Arendse (cricket)
Coach of the Year: Mark Edge (swimming)
Student Coach of the Year: Gcobani Maxama (karate)
Student Administrator of the Year: Siphesihle Jobo (athletics)
Junior Sportswoman of the Year: Meghan Maartens (water polo)
Junior Sportsman of the Year: Jared de Kock (hockey)
Administrator of the Year: Athi Mfikili ((football)
Director of Sport Award: Jeanie Steyn (netball)
Community Outreach Award: SPAR Madibaz Netball Club
Student Sport Personality of the Year: Alaric Basson (swimming)
Most Improved Club of the Year: Madibaz Karate Club
Club of the Year: SPAR Madibaz Netball Club