William Mokgopo has been shortlisted for the Sport Personality of the Year category of the Gauteng Sports Awards 2015.
The Professional mountain biker who hails from Diepsloot has shown an incredible level of commitment to serving sport in his country in various ways.
Mokgopo was signed to the Kargo Pro MTB Team in May 2014 and shortly thereafter won the U23 Men Gauteng XCO Champion title.
He represented South Africa at both the UCI MTB World Championships in Norway in September 2014 and the UCI MTB African Continental Championships in Rwanda in May 2015.
In addition to riding for a pro-team and studying a full-time B. Sport Science degree at the University of Pretoria, Mokgopo was involved in a number of community initiatives in the Gauteng province.
He led the Diepsloot MTB Academy riders on a 10km cycle to hand over the World AIDS Day commemoration torch to the MMC for Health and Social Development, Cllr. Melina Gomba, at the Sedibeng Local AIDS Council in November last year.
Mokgopo served on the Cycle Jozi organising committee working together with GEKCO, the Greater Kyalami Conservancy, to coordinate the Fourways-Diepsloot Cycle Activation during Cycle Jozi Week in March 2015.
In October 2014 he was selected as a Beyond Sport Young Ambassador to represent Johannesburg in the global Beyond Sport network.
Mokgopo was a guest speaker for two panel discussions on youth leadership in sport, and was also honoured to share the stage with founder and director of the Beyond Sport programme, Nick Keller, during the annual Beyond Sport Summit which took place over two years in Johannesburg for the first time last year.
The Gauteng Sports Awards are part of Gauteng Provincial Government’s drive to create an environment that is conducive to the development of sporting excellence, recognition of talent and inspiration of future generations.
The Sport Personality of the Year Award recognises an athlete who is a positive influence on the youth and a role model for South African sport. It is one of three categories that will be determined by public vote (including Sports Fan and Sports Programme of the Year).