The prestigious SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year Awards for the Northern Cape newspapers were held on Friday 27 November at the Flamingo Casino Conference Centre in Kimberley. Places were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for our three newspaper partners –NoordKaap, Kalahari Bulletin, and Express Northern Cape.
Our guest speakers for the day was Claudia Booysen. Claudia has a very impressive sport CV. In 2009 she was part of the SA Protea Netball team that toured England for a 3 test series. In 2010 she joined the SA Protea team that toured Samoa, Singapore and New Zealand in preparation for the 2011 Netball World Championships. In 2011 she represented South Africa in the 2011 World Netball Championship in Singapore where they finished 5th overall. Since 2008 she has represented the Griquas Netball Team that participates in the annual SA Championships. In 2010 she was selected for the Lightning Roses netball team that receive gold medals in the NPL national tournament. Since 2008 she has been part of the Kimberley Reds Netball Club first team. She represented the Northern Cape Diamonds Netball team in 2014 and as captain in 2015 that participated in the Brutal Fruit Netball Cup. She was chosen as player of the match in the 2015 Brutal Fruit Netball Cup during their match against the Mpumalanga Sunbirds. She is married and lives in Kimberley and is a physiotherapist at Renate Liebenberg Physiotherapists.
SpecSavers came on board by sponsoring R100 x off sunglasses vouchers to all attendees and a R250 voucher for the runner-up.
The awards ceremony was a resounding success with 65 attendees. The coveted awards went to:
1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for NoordKaap
Hein van der Merwe – 16 years old (Karate)
The winner of the SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the year for NoordKaap is Hein van der Merwe (16) for his brilliant performance in Karate. He is a pupil at Hoërskool NoordKaap.
Hein started practising karate in 2011 with the idea that karate would teach him how to defend himself. Since he started doing karate he says that it is not only good for his physical well-being, but also helps with concentration and dedication in his schoolwork. In 2015 he represented the Northern Cape Province and Ryushin-Can North Cape Karate Club at the Karate South African National Championships in Johannesburg at Wits. Hein graded to his first brown belt in June this year, and in 2016 he will achieve his black belt. Hein represented South Africa at the International Karate Championships. He competed against Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mosambiek and he won 2 silver medals for Kata and Kumite. Hein also received his Karate Northern Cape Colours.
2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for NoordKaap
Robert-Wade Summers – 13 years old (Rugby, cricket, hockey and badminton)
During the Northern Cape Badminton Championships, Robert-Wade was named the u/15 singles, doubles and mixed doubles championships. He also earned his u / 15 Northern Cape provincial colours in badminton. He also forms part of the u / 17 Northern Cape team.
Thereafter he was chosen for the South African u / 15 Badminton team to represent South Africa at the All Africa Games in Egypt. Robert – Wade earned a bronze medal in the U / 15 men’s doubles.
He obtained his provincial badminton clothes at u/ 15 and 17 level and represented North Cape during the U / 17 South African national championships in Rustenburg (3-10 October 2015)
Robert – Wade also played rugby, cricket and hockey for Eureka Primary school u / 13.A team.
3rd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for NoordKaap
Theané Willemse – 10 years old (Rhythmic Gymnastics)
Theané Willemse competed at the competitions in Jeffrey’s Bay, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Kimberley and was unbeatable. Theané has been to 6 competitions for this year and won all her competitions. She also did the qualifying competition and qualified to represent the Northern Cape at the 2015.
At the SA National Gym Games that was held in Johannesburg from the 6-10 October 2015,Theané competed in the level 4 section with a total of 53 gymnasts in her age group and she won the gold medal overall as well as gold for free dance and rope and silver for ball. She qualified to represent South Africa at the Zone 6 competition to be held in South Africa in December 2015.
Theané was also fortunate enough to attend a High Performance training camp that was held in the June holidays that was facilitated by International Coach Nadia Alexandrova and of SA’s top coaches.
1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Kalahari Bulletin
Marlé Hoft – 17 years old (Hockey, athletics and saddle seat equitation)
The winner of the SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the year for Kalahari Bulletin is Marlé Hoft (17) for her excellent performance in saddle seat equitation, hockey and athletics.
In 2008 / 2009 she was already in the u / 10 saddle seat equitation classes amongst the Top 5 in South Africa. In 2011, she was under the Top 3.
From 2012 Marlé forms part of the Northern Cape Saddle Seat Equitation Team in the Protea trials and was immediately amongst the Top 12 riders in South Africa. From 2013 Marlé has been the number one rider and the captain of the team, which she was awarded in the same year her junior Protea colours. For the second consecutive year, Marlé was the South African u / 16 3 gaited saddle seat equitation champion. She was also the champion in the U / 18 3 gaited Champion of Champions at the age of 15 in 2014. This year, she is the reserve champion in the U / 18 3 gaited Champion of Champions.
As a member of the Senior Protea team in 2015 they competed in Atlanta and New Orleans, America tour where she obtained a silver medal. She is also part of the u / 19 A hockey team since Grade 8.
2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Kalahari Bulletin
Anell Maasdorp – 10 years old (Tennis, hockey, athletics and chess)
At this year’s South African schools individual chess championships, held in Cape Town from 6 to 9 July, Anell won a gold medal in the girls under 11 years section.
Thereafter Anell travelled to Gaborone, Botswana to compete at the Africa Schools individual chess championships. This International chess tournament was arranged by the World governing body for chess. She received a bronze medal in the girls division u / 11 and titled Women’s Candidate Master
3rd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Kalahari Bulletin
Nichola de Waal – 15 years old (Hockey and saddle seat equitation)
During the national trials in February Nichola participated as the No. 1 5 gaited of the Northern Cape team. This was her first national trials and she was chosen as a member of the Junior Protea 5 gaited team.
This past year she achieved 3rd, 6th, 7th, and this year a 5th, 2 x 6th and 7th places in both 3 gaited and 5 gaited sections at the South African Saddle Seat Equitation
She was also the winner of Saddle Seat Equitation classes Philipolis 1st VS, Hope town 1st NC, Somerset East 1st and Upington show 2nd NC.
Nichola excelled in all the provincial regional shows and she is for the second consecutive year, the Northern Cape Nr. 1 5 gaited rider. This year she was also named Northern Cape Nr. 2 3 gaited rider. From 15 to 19 September, she participated in the International Saddle Seat Equitation Championships. This prestigious event was held at Mistico in Stellenbosch. Nichola represented the Junior 5 gaited Protea team. The team competed against a team from the US. South Africa won a silver medal.
EXPRESS NORTHERN CAPE:
1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express Northern Cape
Rinske-mari du Plooy – 12 years old (Rhythmic Gymnastics)
The winner of the SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the year for Express Northern Cape is Rinske-mari du Plooy (12) for her brilliant performance in Rhythmic Gymnastics High Performance
Rinske-mari du Plooy competed at various competitions this year.
Rinske-mari is a pre-junior Olympic gymnast who has been in the High Performance program for over 5 years. She is a dedicated and hard working gymnast. Rinske-mari has competed at various competitions such as in Jeffery’s Bay, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Kimberley this year and won several first place and second place overall medals. She has also competed as a South African gymnast at the Queen Margarita International competition that was held in Varna, Bulgaria in the month of August.
Rinske-mari was selected as one of the top High Performance gymnasts to attend a National HP Camp, which took place in Johannesburg and was facilitated by Great Brittain’s International coach Nadia Alexandrova and of South Africa’s top coaches. She was also tested for her High Performance Testing which is done annually with all South Africa’s High Performance gymnasts and did exceptionally well, she was ranked 2nd in her Pre-Junior Olympic section.
Rinkse-mari qualified to represent the Northern Cape at the 2015 SA Gym Games that was held in Johannesburg. She won the silver medal overall for the Pre-Junior section, bronze for hoop, silver for rope and clubs, and the gold medal for ball. She also received the trophy for the High Performance Circuit Gymnast of the year. She has been selected to represent South Africa at the Zone 6 International Competition taking place in December 2015
2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express Northern Cape
Daynah Calvert – 10 years old (Rhythmic Gymnastics)
Daynah has thus far been unbeaten in rhythmic Gymnastics for 2015. She obtained first position overall and is gold medallist in all the competitions that she competed in. Some of the competitions include: Jeffrey Bay circuit, Wierda Circuit, Gold Reef Circuit and Rythmia Circuit competition.
She also represented the Northern Cape and South Africa at the Prize of Queen Margarita Invitational Competition in Varna, Bulgaria during August. Daynah was selected to represent the Northern Cape at the South African Games from 5 – 10 October 2015 in Johannesburg. She was name the SA Hoop, Ball and circuit winner.
3rd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express Northern Cape
Diego de Abreu – 15 years old (Hockey)
Diego has had an eye for the ball from a very young age. He has played in the Northern Cape High School first Boys Hockey Team since Grade 8. For six consecutive years he has represented the Northern Cape Provincial team for Hockey. Three years in the u/13 team and three years in the u/16 team. Diego was selected for the South African Junior Hockey Colt Squad when he was 11 years old.
He captained the Northern Cape Provincial u/16 boy’s team in 2014. Diego also plays in the Men’s Hockey League for the St Patrick’s Club, since Grade 7. Diego has been selected for the Northern Cape Provincial u/16 team that will tour in Natal in July 2015. This marks the third year that he will be playing u/16.