South Africa’s top gymnast and Olympics hopeful, Caitlin Rooskrantz, has won the “Emerging Athlete of the Year” award, at the 2020 Momentum Gsport Awards on Monday night.
The awards form part of the ‘gsport4girls’ initiative, which was launched in 2006 with the goal of covering the daily sporting achievements of women.
The awards itself aims to identify female sportspersons who have contributed significantly to sports in general.
More specifically, the ‘emerging sportswoman’ award recognises the rising young stars of the sporting world who has excelled at a national and provincial level.
Given that she is democratic South Africa’s first person to qualify for the Olympics and the first South African ever to win a gold medal at an international gymnastics competition, it is indeed the case that her star is rising.
Although her dream of competing at the Olympics has been postponed due to the coronavirus, the 18 year has still managed to keep busy.
She is still practising regularly to make sure that she remains competitive and she is fast becoming a major South African celebrity, appearing on television, in newspapers and being approached by multiple corporate sponsors.
She also recently passed her driver’s licence and bought her first car with some of the money she has earned as a ‘celebrity sportswoman’.
For those that were hoping to watch her do her routine at what was supposed to be this year’s Olympics, here is a taste of what you would have expected in the video below: