The prestigious SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year Awards for the Bloemfontein newspapers, Bloemnews and Express Mangaung, was held on Friday 15 November at Windmill Casino Conference Centre. First, second, third places were awarded for our newspaper partners. Our guest speakers for the day were Ruben de Haas from the Free State Cheetahs as well as Lauren Coetzee from Spec-Savers. Spec-Savers came on board by sponsoring a R1295 Polar Sunglasses voucher for the winner as a lucky draw voucher for the parents worth R500. The awards ceremony was a resounding success with 75 attendees. Photos here:
1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Bloemnews | Age: 17 | Sports: Tennis
Delien Kleinhans (17)
Delien was part of the South African under-18 tennis team that took part in the Africa Junior Championships in Morocco in March. She was the South African champion in the under-18 division in the singles and doubles at the national championships in April in Bloemfontein. On international level, she won the singles in Johannesburg at the International Tennis Federation’s Grade 4 tournament. She was also runner-up in the International Tennis Federation’s Grade 5 tournament (in singles and doubles) in Potchefstroom and runner-up in singles on the International Tennis Federation’s gr. 3 Tournament in Pretoria. She is included in the Growthpoint Junior national team for 2020. This year, Delien Kleinhans was named Tennis South Africa’s girls tennis player of the year for the second year in a row.
2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Bloemnews | Age: 16 | Sports: modern pentathlon
Carise van Rooyen (16)
In 2018 Alida achieved a seventh place in modern pentathlon at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She won a gold medal in the U.21 and U.19 divisions as well as a silver in the senior competition during the Modern Five Camp World Cup qualifying competition in Egypt, although she is only 16 years old. She advanced to the final round of the senior competition of the Modern Five Camp international world cup qualifying competition in Hungary. She represented South Africa in Poland in the Junior Fencing World Championships in April. At the South African Junior National Screening Championships in Port Elizabeth, she earned a gold medal in the under-17s and a bronze medal in the under-20 screen dough divisions. She was honored by the South African Pentathlon Association as best female pentathlon athlete of the year.
3rd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Bloemnews| Age: 13 |Sports: athletics, cross country, lazer-run, mountain biking
Jean-Jacques Holtzhausen (13)
Jean-Jacques participates in athletics, cross country, lazer-run, mountain biking. He won the U.15 Division of World Lazer Run Championships in Budapest in September. He also received a silver medal in the team competition as well as in the mixed relay. At the South African Laser Run Championships, he won the gold medal in the U.15 Division. He was part of the Free State team this year participating in the South African championships in Cape Town where he finished fourth in the boys’ u15. He was honoured by the South African Modern Pentathlon Association as the best young laser run athlete of the year.
1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express Mangaung | Age: 18 | Sports: Basketball, Bocce
Andile Mgoduka (18)
Andile Mgoduka (18) of Pholoho Gets the first prize – the 2019 Let’s Play Super Sport Express Sport Star of the Year award. He participates in Basketball and Bocce. Andile excelled mainly in Bocce competitions, regional, provincial and national as well as internationally representing South Africa. He received gold medals at the provincial and national competitions of the South African Sport Association for the Physically Disabled. Andile’s highlights were at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, held from 14 to 21 March, winning a silver medal which was his first internationally. Andile’s achievement is about heroic tales of athletes with disabilities celebrate the exceptional and inspires those who are simply not taking the effort trying to compete.
2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express Mangaung | Age: 16 | Sports: tennis, hockey
Dimpho Motsie (16)
Dimpho Motsie (16), Dimpho, a budding tennis and hockey player gets the first runner-up award recognising her achievements mainly hockey. She represented the St Michael’s School in Bloemfontein at inter-provincial hockey competitions and internationally. Dimpho was part of her school’s u.19 team that toured Netherlands to compete at the annual Elsie Coetzer Hockey School Invitational Tournament in Amsterdam from 22 September to 3 October this year. She was vice-captain of the team following nomination by her teammates – a vote of confidence. Dimpho’s inclusion in a team not in her age group – (senior), clearly demonstrates she has great potential as a player and leadership qualities in sport.
3rd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Express | Age: 16 |Sports: athletics
Lucky Moleyane (16)
Lucky Moleyane (16), a sprinter in the 100 m and 200 m events gets the second runner-up accolade recognising his superb performances in both sprinting competitions. Lucky scooped up gold medals in all competitions in which he competed. Lucky’s highlights this year was breaking a Grey College record that stood for more than three decades. He smashed the school’s longstanding record of 22.10 in the 200 m event during the school’s track and field meeting held in Bloemfontein in January. Lucky set a record of 21.49 in 200 m. The previous record of 22.10 was set 36 years ago (1983) by sprinters Ian Small-Smith and Pierre Swart, respectively. Lucky also achieved a personal best in the 100 m in 10.64 at the South African Youth and Junior Track and Field Championship for under/18 and under/20 athletes in the Paarl in March. He finished 6th being the only youngest sprinter who reached the final. He remarkable achievement heralds he is destined for stardom.