VOC’s Sports Hub presenter Irafaan Abrahams was last night named as the runner –up in the sports journalist category at the Western Province Sport Awards 2015. Abrahams took the second spot, with well-known Cape Times journalist John Goliath named as the winner of the category.
“I’m honoured to have been nominated with legendary writers like John. What a humble soul he is. Shukran to all the sports men and women who have supported the show throughout the years, and more importantly, the listeners, for being behind me every step of the way,” said Abrahams, more fondly known as ‘Vinnige Fanie’.
While the show may evolved from the early days as Sports Breyani to the current show Sports Hub, one thing has been a constant – his love for whipping up a dish for his Friday night guests. Abrahams has been on air for the past nine years and has developed a huge following not only for his vast knowledge on sport but his involvement in sport at a grassroots level. That coupled with his light-heated and warm on-air persona has won the hearts of many listeners.
“We were the only radio station getting recognition. This wasn’t about the show or the newspaper itself but rather about the person bringing the stories to life,” he says.
“Having met so many people through the radio over the years has really enriched and educated me. Giving recognition to this show and to VOC goes a long way in shining a light on the small sports clubs and the young, rising stars in our local community. Over the years, we given them the platform to showcase their talent and that’s what makes community radio such a meaningful medium.”
On the side-lines, he remains a passionate educator and humanitarian activist, and is involved with Islamic Relief South Africa, Rocklands High’s Social Club and other charities. Abrahams is an accomplished hockey player, squash player and an ardent runner. His passion for running has taken him around the world where he has completed several international marathons as part of his Million Rand Challenge to raise money for education and charitable causes.
The awards is initiated by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and encourages excellence and inclusivity in sport and culture through the “effective, efficient and sustainable use of resources”, and through creative partnerships with others. VOC