Paul Treu, who takes his world champion South African Sevens rugby team to the World Games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan next month, was named most media friendly personality at an awards evening in Johannesburg, Monday.
Treu was honoured by the country’s sports journalists at the 29th Annual SAB sports journalism awards.
Treu and the Sevens team recently became only the third country to take the spoils in the IRB World Sevens Series, when they won the coveted trophy for the 2008/09 season.
“To be honoured by South Africa’s top sports journalists in this way, is amazing. As a team we’ve always placed a high premium on our preparations on and off the field,” said Treu. “Again, this award is not only for me. It’s for every squad member that helped to make this season a huge success.
“A huge thanks to everyone involved from SA Rugby’s side, as well as our main sponsors, Sasol, and of course, the media ÔÇô our relationship has grown so much over the last few years and that has helped push Sevens Rugby to the fore in South Africa.”
Treu now returns to the team’s Stellenbosch base as the team continue preparations for the World Games which start on July 16 and run for 10 days.
Eight sevens teams will be in action in Taiwan, with South Africa’s main opposition expected to come from Fiji and Argentina. The other countries are China, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Portugal and the United States.