The top sports stars in the Noordkaap and Kalahari Bulletin and Let’s Play’s Sports Star of the Year competition was announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 28 November. The guest speaker for the day was Eugene Jacobs, CEO of Northern Cape Cricket and Geraldine Faber from Spec-Savers. Photos here:
Minette Kruger (13), a grade 7 pupil from Eureka Primary School in Kimberley, has been chosen as the winner of the NoordKaap Let’s Play Sport Start of the year awards for her sporting achievements in netball, athletics, hockey and amateur wrestling. Minette competed at the ISF World Combat games for wrestling in Budapest, Hungary. She finished 6th in the 54kg category for girls. Minette was the youngest female competitor at the games. She also received her SA Colours International for competing at the games. Chosen for the SA team to compete against USA and Namibia in August and Germany in September. Minette also plays for the Eureka Primary School u/13-A netball team, who went to the Northern Cape league playoffs. She was chosen for the Northern Cape u/13 Hockey team, that competed in the Interprovincial Tournament in Pietermaritzburg. She also received her Northern Cape Provincial Colours in hockey. At the Frances Baard Athletic meeting 2019, she achieved first place for discus, second in shotput and fourth in the 1200m for girls u/13.
Frances van der Merwe (17), a grade 11 pupil from Diamantveld High School in Kimberly, has been chosen as the second winner of the NoordKaap Let’s Play Sport Start of the year awards for her sporting achievements in athletics, biathlon, swimming, cross country, biathle, road running and trail running. In January, Frances took part in the 10km Sylversterlauf Road Race in Germany and won the trophy for First Youth Lady u/18. She is the Griqua Biathlon u/17 girls champion and the Captain for the Griqua biathlon team who competed at the SA Biathlon Championships in Port Elizabeth during March 2019. She is also the Free State girls u/19 Biathle Champion. Frances represented the Free State at the SA Biathle Championships in Durban June 2019. As part of the Griqua Cross Country team she competed at an Interprovincial meeting in Kimberly for girls u/17. Thereafter she was the u/17 girls Griqua Cross Country Champion in Postmasburg.
CW Kruger (11) a grade 5 pupil from Eureka primary school has been chosen as the third winner of the NoordKaap Let’s Play Sports Star of the years awareds for his achievements in wrestling, rugby, hockey and athletics. CW won silver at both the Eastern Gauteng Wrestling SA Open U/11, in the 65kg group and at the Tuks Wrestling Open u/11, in the 65kg group. At the SA President Wresting Open, CW took gold in the 65kg category and qualified for his national colours. During April CW competed at the Raptor Rumble in Germiston and won a silver medal in the boys freestyle u/11 category. He won two gold medals at the Northern Free State Wrestling Championships. Thereafter CW competed in the Freestyle u/11 and Freestyle President Schools Winter Wrestling SA Open in Pretoria and won a gold medal in the president schools’ category and a silver medal in the freestyle u/13, 68kg category. He is the goalkeeper for the Eureka u/11 A hockey team and plays for the u/11 A rugby team. At the Athletics Francis Baard meeting CW, came in third place for boys u/11 shotput.
Jessi Wessels (16) a grade 11 pupil from Upington High School was crowned the winner of the Kalahari Bulletin Let’s Play’s Sports Star of the Year competition. Kalahari Bulletin chose Jessi to take first place because of her versatility and achievements in Saddle Seat Horse Riding, netball, tennis and swimming. Jessi was selected for the Junior Protea Five Gated Team on 26 January 2019 in Parys at the ESSASA National Trials. She has been awarded with Saddle Seat horse riding provincial colours since 2017. Jessi will also be playing for the Upington High School first netball team in 2019. Jessi has been receiving her provincial colours in swimming since 2013. She has also been part of the Upington High School first tennis team since 2016. As part of the Junior Protea Five Gated Team, Jessi participated in the International Saddle Seat Competition in New Orleans against the USA, from 1-5 July 2019. It was a two-day competition and she was placed 10th on day 1 and 1st on day 2 of the competition in which a total of 24 riders competed.
Elanie Brand (17), a pupil of Upinton High School was chosen as 2nd runner-up. Kalahari Bulletin chose Elanie to take second place because of her achievements in tennis. Elanie is Upington High school’s number one tennis player on the team and captain. She is team captain of the under 17 Northern Cape teams and plays for the under 19 as well. Elanie has the privilege to be part of the South African school tennis team that competed at the UTR in London, England. When she was in England, she won both of her games, the first score was 6-0 and 7-5 and the second game score was 6-1 and 6-0. Elanie is ranked nr 3 in the SA team.
Narika Hoft (15), a pupil of Upinton High School was chosen for 3rd place. In 2019 excelled in athletics, hockey and horse riding. At the South African National Saddle Horse Championships in Bloemfontein, in April 2019, she finished 4th in SA in the 3-Gang Equestrian 14 years and under age group and 8th, in the 3-Ganged Equestrian class, 14 years and under. At the Upington Saddle Horse Regional Show in October 2019, she achieved 1st place in the 14 years and under 3 Gang Equestrian art and a 4th place in the 14 years and under 3 Gang Equestrian class. She is also 1st in the 14 years and under 3-Gang Pleasure Horse Riding and 1st in the 14 years and under 3-Gang Pleasure Horse class, and is placed 4th in the 3-Gang Pleasure Horse Great Championship, between adults. She is also selected for the u / 16 yr Northern Cape Rural Team, which competed in Paarl in July 2019. Narike also plays for Upington High School’s u / 18 A girls hockey team.