BrightRock and MyPlayers, the South African rugby players’ organisation have announced that they will be launching the first ever BrightRock Players Choice Awards, an event by the players, for the players where professional South African rugby players will honour and acknowledge their peers.
These awards will be the first of their kind in South Africa. Players from all fourteen unions will recognise their peers through a nomination and voting process, which will culminate in an evening where winners will be announced in seven award categories.
Suzanne Stevens, Executive Director of BrightRock, explains that the concept of change is central to BrightRock’s needs-matched insurance offering, which is uniquely able to change with clients as their needs change over their lifetime. “Rugby, like life, is a game where the unpredictable is always a play away and can challenge even the best skill and preparation.”
This is also a central message behind BrightRock’s associate sponsorship of the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province teams, now in its second year. This sponsorship was recognized at the Sport Industry Awards 2017 as BrightRock scooped the ‘Best Sponsorship of a team or individual’ award.
According to Elma Smit, marketing manager for MyPlayers, the launch of the BrightRock Players Choice Awards is the realisation of a goal set by the organisation years ago: To host a fun event where players from all over the country, as well as fans, can celebrate the successes and triumphs of their peers and heroes.
“MyPlayers is the official organisation representing all the professional rugby players in South Africa. The organisation is 100% owned by the players and our organisation provides players with wide ranging support, such as managing their rights all the way to assisting with their career development. The BrightRock Players Choice Awards is an extension of our organisation’s offering by providing our players with a new platform to acknowledge and celebrate each other’s achievements at the end of the rugby season.