The prestigious SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year Awards for the Northern Cape newspaper, Northern Cape Express, Noordkaap and Kalahari Bulletin, was held on Thursday 29 November at the Flaming Casino Conference Centre. First and second places were awarded for our newspaper partners.
Our guest speakers for the day were the CEO of Northern Cape Cricket – Eugene Jacobs and Geraldine Faber representing Spec-Savers.
Spec-Savers came on board by sponsoring 3 x R2000 Police Sunglasses coupon for the winners as well as a 3 x R500 gift coupon for the 2nd place winner as well as two pair infinity sunglasses worth R690 each for the parents.
The awards ceremony was a resounding success with 70 attendees. The coveted awards went to:
1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Kalahari Bulletin | Age: 11 | Sports: Hockey, Netball, Athletics
1st: Uanita Engelbrecht (11)
Uanita Engelbrecht is the winner of the Kalahari Bulletin and Supersport’s Let’s Play sports star of the year. Looking at Uanita’s sports achievements one can see that she does all to the best of her ability. She broke up several records during various athletics events in 2018. Uanita also competed in sports items with athletes older than she is. She is very driven and serves as inspiration for other athletes and learners. Uanita is the epitome of good sportsmanship. In Uanita’s words: “Sports has taught me many lessons. You can be the winner today and tomorrow the loser, but how you win, lose or participate must be able to testify about yourself. ”
2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Kalahari Bulletin| Age: 15 | Sports: Athletics, Netball
Brenda du Toit (15)
Brenda du Toit achieved second place. Brenda is a versatile athlete with various awards. She has been appointed as best track athlete at various events for the year and achieved several first places in various items. What is outstanding in Brenda’s achievements is that she has been named as best track athlete for three years at the international athletics meeting between Namibia, Namakwa and ZFM region. She was also named sportswoman at her school and in the ZFM region by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.
Express Northern Cape:
1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express Northern Cape | Age: 11 | Sports: Rhythmic Gymnastics
Kisha Samson (11), a Gr. 6 learner of the St. Patrick’s CBC, has been chosen as Express Northern Cape Let’s Play Sport Star of the year 2018 for her outstanding achievements in Rhythmic Gymnastics, which included at Regional, National and International level. Kisha attended an international rhythmic gymnastics tournament that was held on 19 and 20 May in Thessaloniki, Greece, where she represented the Rhythmia Gymnastics Club from Kimberley and South Africa at the second Royal Crown Cup. She received a gold medal for her ball apparatus and a silver medal for clubs with a total of 15 pre-junior gymnasts in her group.
The highlight of her international achievements is the SA National Championship competition held in Johannesburg on the 30 September this year (2018), where she was ranked the 2018 overall Champion and High Performance Circuit Champion. At Regional level Kisha scooped gold medals for Ball and Clubs Routines, Silver for Hoop and bronze for ribbon. She also competed in Klerksdorp and was ranked first for ball and clubs, and second for hoop and ribbon. Kisha’s motto is: “Do it with passion or not at all”
2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express Northern Cape | Age: 12 | Sports: netball, athletics, hockey and amateur wrestling
Minette Kruger (11)
Minette Kruger (12), a Gr. 6 learner of the Eureka Primary School in Kimberley, has been chosen as the runner-up of Express Northern Cape Let’s Play Sports Star for 2018 Month for her achievements in netball, athletics, hockey and amateur wrestling. Minette was the girls u.11 South African amateur wrestling youth champion in 2017 and received her South African colours in amateur wrestling. This year, she competed in the South African amateur wrestling trials in Middelburg, and won a silver medal in the category for girls u.15. She also competed in the boys u.13 category at the Tuks amateur wrestling tournament and received a bronze medal. Minette was the girls u.13 gold medalist at the South African president’s tournament for schools. She was also awarded her South African colours for the second time. Minette also plays for the Eureka Primary School’s u.12A netball and hockey teams. At the Frances Baard athletics meeting for 2018, she finished third and second in the shot put and discus throw events for girls u.12.
Minette’s motto is: ”practice as you participate and practice as a winner – then you will become a winner.”
Congratulations to Minette as the runner-up!
1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Noordkaap | Age: 14 | Sports: Tennis, Netball
Marjuzel Venter (14)
The winner of this year’s Northern Cape Let’s Play Sportster of the year’s competition is 14-year-old Marjuzel Venter!
Marjuzel, a Grade 8 pupil at Diamantveld High School in Kimberley, is a versatile sports star who has achieved outstanding achievements at local, international and international levels over the last few years.
Marjuzel has been selected as June Month’s winner of the Northern Cape Let’s Play Sportster of the year’s competition for her excellent performance in tennis and netball. It is especially on the tennis court where Marjuzel shone this year.
Not only does Marjuzel play for her school’s first tennis team, she also holds first place in the Northern Cape Provincial o.15 tennis rankings. Marjuzel has been selected for the South African Junior Springbok 15-year-old for the third year in a row. She went to the UK in July as part of the South African team where she did not lose a single game! Marjuzel is also the sub-captain of her school’s o.14A netball team and is included in the provincial o.14 team this year.
Marjuzel’s motto is: “Always be passionate and fully committed to everything you address. Work hard to develop your talent, but stay modest when you succeed.”
2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express Northern Cape | Age: 17 | Sports: Tennis, cricket, target shooting
Daniël du Toit (17)
The runner-up of this year’s Northern Cape Let’s Play Sports Star of the Year competition is Daniel du Toit!
Daniel, a Grade 11 student at De Aar High School, is a versatile sportsman who has achieved outstanding achievements at local, international and international levels over the past few years.
Daniel has this year (2018):
– Formed part of the Northern Cape’s first tennis team
– Formed part of his school’s first cricket team
– He was also chosen as the captain of his school’s cricket team
Daniel believes that sport is an important part of every child’s development. He sees sport as something uniting communities, regardless of race, culture, age or status as inspired by former president Nelson Mandela during the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Daniel has two mottos, one for life and one for sport.
Daniel’s motto for sport is: “Courage is simply not an option.”