Sports Star of the Month - March
Let’s Play in association with Boland Newspapers conduct a special initiative to give recognition to learners at either Primary or High school, who excel in sport.
Play, physical education and sport are foundational to the holistic development of children and an initiative of this nature will establish a healthier community and encourage sports activity.
Schools wishing to participate in this initiative should submit a short letter with a motivation to their respective regional newspaper about why their learner should be the Sport Star of the Month.
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Our winners for the month of March are:
Bloemnews Sports Star of the Month: Nicole Walraven (main pic)
Nicole Walraven (17) from Eunice High School has been chosen as March’s SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the month for Bloemnews. Nicole is a hockey player and athlete with incredible capabilities. She has a list of impressive sporting achievements that include hockey, swimming and athletics. Nicole has been a member of the Eunice 1st XI hockey team for the past 3 years.
In 2010 she was a member of the Free State u/16A hockey team and was identified as a player of potential by the SA selectors at the u/16 National Tournament. In 2011 she represented Free State u/18A hockey and was selected for the SA u/18A and SA u/17A squad at the interprovincial tournament. She was also selected to represent the Free State u/21hockey team and received her call up into the SA u/21 Junior World Cup (JWC) squad which, over the past 6 months has been whittled down from an initial squad of 66 down to 24. Nicole, through her hard work, talent and commitment, has retained her position in this squad and continues to train hard.
In 2011 she was also selected to represent the Free State Women's hockey team and participated in the interprovincial tournament playing with and against current and former national players. This year (2012) she remains part of the Eunice 1st XI hockey team, the Free State u/21 team and the SA u/21 Junior World Cup squad. Her swimming talent is borne out by her successfully completing the Midmar Mile on no fewer than four occasions and earning her school colours for swimming.
On the athletics track, Nicole won the Eunice Victrix Ludorum in both 2011 (with a SA qualifying time for the 100m sprint) and in 2012 with the accolade of being the best athlete in Eunice for 2012. Nicole is an awe-inspiring young lady. Her personal mottos in life are: “With God all things are possible” and “Pain is temporary, but quitting is forever”. She also says that her JWC coach always motivates her with her words – “I dare you!”.
Express Bloemfontein Sports Star of the Month: Ngazibini Macingwane
Ngazibini Macingwane (14) from Grey College High School is this March’s SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the month for Express Bloemfontein.
This grade 9 learner has an avid passion for rugby as proven in his achievements. Ngazibini started playing rugby at the age of 10 in Fauna Primary School, and was chosen to play for the Fauna u/11A rugby team. He was then invited to participate in the Free State Rugby Trials after which he was selected for the u/12A team.
Being chosen for a provincial rugby team motivated Ngazibini even more and resulted in him taking out a gym membership in order for him to be in top shape for the sport. In 2009 and 2010 he was invited to take part in a training course hosted by Cheetah Kidz to further his skills. Ngazibini was also chosen to go onto the field at the Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls game played in 2010, affording him the opportunity to meet two of his sporting heroes namely Kabamba Floors and Adriaan Strauss.
In 2011, Ngazibini joined Grey College High School and was chosen to play in the VKB Rugby week for the Motheo Rugby Club. In Ngazibini’s own words: “Hard work and determination pays off”. We hope to see much more of this young sport star.
Express Eastern Free State Sports Star of the Month
Manyewe Mokoena (15) from Kgotsong School in the Eastern Free State has been chosen as March’s SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the month for Express Eastern Free State.
This young athlete from Kudumane in QwaQwa has a passion for athletics and cross country. Manyewe won first place for the 5km run sponsored by SuperSpar in May 2011. She also took part in a 10km run the same year in Durban and achieved second place.
In November 2011, Manyewe took part in the South African athletics championships and achieved third place. During this time, Manyewe also got the chance to meet her sporting hero, Caster Semenya, while taking part in the Bloemfontein Cross Country National Championships. In 2012, Manyewe took part in the Eastern Free State Schools competition in Sasolburg, where she did very well. Manyewe’s motto in life is: “Practice makes perfect”.
Express Northern Cape Sports Star of the Month
Renzil Beukes (13) from Olyvenhoutsdrift Primary School has been chosen as March’s SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the month for Express Northern Cape.
This active young man is very enthusiastic about sport – especially about rugby, athletics and soccer. Renzil has always been a very sport active child.
Some of his most recent sporting achievements are that he was chosen for the u/13 first rugby team of his school and that he took part in the Griekwaland-Wes Rugby Union Primary School competitions.
He received a certificate to acknowledge him as the best player of the group. Rentzel is a hard worker with his personal motto in life: “What I put in, I will get out”.
DistrictMail Let’s Play Sports Star of the Month
Winning a South African primary schools high jump title at the SA Schools athletic championships, has earned Reed Breitenbach the DistrictMail Let’s Play Sports Star of the Month award for March.
Reed is the grandson of the late world ¬famous yachtsman Bertie Reed, and the son of Angela and Jacques Breitenbach.
Thirteen-year-old Reed leapt to a staggering 1,64m at the SA schools meeting at Kings Park Stadium in Durban on 23 and 24 March.
Reed started showing an interest in high jump only in January 2011, when he tried out for the school’s inter-house athletics for the first time. He won the event, almost breaking the u.12 high jump record in the process.
His father Jacques became involved with his training, and on 5 February 2011 Reed entered his first regional meet at Hottentots-Holland High School, where he qualified for the next round on 19 February 2011, and qualified for the second regional meet at Mandela Park, where he jumped 1,4?m.
In March he participated in the WP Championships, and just missed third place when he jumped 1,42m.
By sticking to a training programme developed by his father, following a healthy eating plan, undergoing regular chiropractic treatment and playing ¬rugby when the athletics season ended, Reed remained in peak condition.
When the athletics season kicked off again in October 2011, Reed competed in the Lochnerhof Top 12 at Strand High, in which 29 schools from the Helderberg, Cape Metropole and Boland areas participated. Reed came first in the u.12 high jump with a height of 1,45?m. Later that month he competed in a primary school meet in Parow, and again came first with a jump of 1,50?m.
He reaped the fruits of his vigorous training during the December 2011 school holidays when he broke the school record of 1,41?m for u.13 high jump with a height of 1,60m. This was also his personal best jump, and he knew he was in for an exciting athletics season.
Thereafter, Reed took part in the Lukas Potgieter Campbell Hardware athletics meet at Somerset West Primary on 7 February, again coming first, and setting a new u.13 high jump record of 1,57?m. He then competed in the school sport district championships in Blue Downs on 24 February, where he won the u.13 high jump and qualified for the Western Province Primary School Championships at the Coetzenburg Stadium on 3 March.
He took home gold when he jumped a height of 1,58m, and obtained his WP colours.
Hermanus Times Let’s Play Sports Star of the Month
Dillon Maree, the Hermanus Times Supersport Let’s play sports star for March, is not just an all-round cricketer – he’s an all-round sportsman.
His dream is to follow in the footsteps of Hawston’s rugby hero Gio Aplon and be as successful in his chosen sport. His goal is to play for the Proteas; his cricket hero is South African allrounder Jacques Kallis.
Dillon represents his school in rugby and soccer, but cricket is his passion. He’s the captain of the South Boland u.11 cricket team, and has been chosen for the Boland u.11 cricket team since he was nine.
At a recent provincial tournament in Worcester, he was named man of the match against Western Province after he achieved bowling figures of 5 wickets for 18 runs in 8 overs. He was the second most successful wicket-taker at that tournament.
It was therefore no surprise when he was chosen for the u.11 Western Cape team that travelled to Dubai in March to take part in a Five Nations Cup tournament with teams from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the UAE.
In the final match of the tournament, he took 3 wickets for 30 runs in 5 overs. His best batting performance was scoring 32 runs off 25 balls.
A spokesperson from the school described him as an enthusiastic, positive and disciplined pupil.