South African climber Cathy O’Dowd is best known as the first woman to climb Everest from both south and north sides. She has been practicing mountain sports for over 25 years and in 2012 was a team member on the first ascent of Nanga Parbat via the Mazeno Ridge, one of the most significant ascents in the Himalaya this year. (Photo: Courtesy Cathy O'Dowd)
Burry Stander on his bike during the London Olympics (12 August 2012). He was knocked off his bike 3 January 2013 and died. "There will never be another Burry Stander. We have lost a hero, a great South African and an athlete… someone who has given it his all when it comes to sport," Fikile Mbalula South African Sports Minister
Chad le Clos looks on at disbelief at his win Chad le Clos of South Africa celebrates after winning the gold in the men's 200m Butterfly final on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre.