The prestigious SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year Awards for the Bloemfontein and Eastern Free State newspapers were held on Friday 11 November at the Windmill Casino Conference Centre. First and second places were awarded for our three newspaper partners – Bloemnuus/news, Express Mangaung and Express Eastern Free State.
Our guest speakers for the day were Raymond Rhule and William Small-Smith from the Toyota Cheetahs, Runaldi de Beer from SpecSavers who has a diploma in sports vision.
Raymond and William both emphasized the importance of enjoying your sport, building camaraderie while you are playing sport, especially at school, to work through disappointments, work hard to succeed, to stay humble and to never give up.
SpecSavers came on board by sponsoring 6 pairs of sunglasses for the winners and second places (Infinity and Police sunglasses).
The awards ceremony was a resounding success with over 70 attendees. The coveted awards went to:
1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Bloemnuus
Donna le Roux (9)
Donna le Roux, a 9 year old excels in tennis, bathle, triatle, laserrun, swimming, biathlon, cross-country, lifesaving, netball and hockey. She is a very versatile sports girl and excels in all the sports she takes part in. One of Donna’s most recent achievements is that she took part in the World Biathle and Triathle Championships in 2016 in the u/11 age group and was crowned World Champion in Triathle!
2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Bloemnuus
Tara-Lea van Zyl (18)
Tara-Lea van Zyl was chosen as our runner up for Bloemnews for a variety of sporting codes. She excels in athletics, biathlon, open water swimming, cross country, biathle, trial running and equestrian sport. Tara-Lea’s motto is: “I work until my idols become my rivals, I see every unforeseen obstacle as a challenge”.
1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express Mangaung
Ellandri van Heerden (9)
Ellandri van Heerden stands out head and shoulders above the rest of the winners of Let’s Play SuperSport Star of the Month. In three sporting codes, golf, swimming and tennis she has proven she is a worthy competitor, winning prizes in all three codes. Obtaining top positions in the three sporting codes also shows her versatility and that she has great potential to make it big in future with focus of course. It is very rare that an athlete at her age comes top in events that she competes considering she is still in the development stage, needing mentoring and her talent nurtured. Ellandri’s achievements make her a rare breed of her generation.
2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express Mangaung
Jeanéll Coetzee (17)
Jeanéll has proven she has great potential and inner-determination to succeed as athlete with disabilities. Her achievement to set a new South African record in shot put event and a competitive discus thrower too, is testimony that she possesses remarkable talent. She has gone beyond her physical disability which in the eye of others would limit her from achieving success. Jeanéll has will-power to make her succeed even with all of the odds stacked against her.
EXPRESS EASTERN FREE STATE:
1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express Eastern Free State
Keean de Klerk (13)
Keean de Klerk excels in four sporting codes – which includes Squash, Hockey, Rugby and Karate and has proven he is a worthy competitor. Obtaining top positions in the four sporting codes also shows his versatility and that he has great potential to make it big in future. Keean lives by a quote by Jim Watkins: A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.
2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express Eastern Free State
SG Delport (13)
SG Delport is this year’s runner up for the Let’s Play Sport Star of the year for the Express Eastern Free State. He excelled in Golf, Cricket and Rugby. SG’s Motto: ”Keep working, practice makes perfect.”