Sport star of the month - April
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 April are:
Fever Star of the Month: Thabiso Sibiya
Thabiso Sibiya who hails from Pietermaritzburg is the 1st SuperSport Let's Play, Fever (April winner) Star of the Month. This young sport fanatic pushes all boundaries. At his tender age, 13 year old Thabiso , has already represented South Africa in the United States of America (Dallas) in the Speed Stacking World Championships. He was selected through a competition that was held at his previous school Scottsville Primary and participated with 3 other boys in 2011. Speed stacking is a new individual or team sport in South Africa where participants stack and unstack twelve or more specially designed plastic cups in a pre determined set, at lightning speed, using hand-eye coordination.
Speed Stacking was launched in S.A primary schools in January 2009, it is now part of the physical education curriculum in over 30 000 schools worldwide. It is the new competitive sport of skill and speed. Thabiso, however not only excels in this new sport, he is also passionate about sport in general. He excels in swimming and cricket. He was chosen as swimming captain of his school in 2011 where he won 1st place in the interhouse gala and received numerous gold medals. He also recently challenged himself to complete the Midmar Dam Capital K competition and was successful.
When Thabiso was asked about his future plans in the sport fields. He said that although he would love to compete in Speed stacking in High school but as it was still catching on in South Africa, he was keen to excel in swimming, cricket and Hockey at Cater High school. Thabiso believes that nothing is impossible if he pushes himself in no matter what sport code he finds himself in. When asked if he could advise other young people on how to pursue their dreams he said ,"Work hard, never give up and always do your best".
Express Media Sport Star of the Month: Shivona Deepchund
15 year old , Karate kid, Shivona Deepchund from Northlands Girls High School who resides in Phoenix is SuperSport Let's Play Express Media Sport Star of the Month. Disciplined and determined, Shivona knows no limits; she has scooped many karate accolades at her young age. At the tender age of 11 she received her black belt and participated in national tournaments resulting in her obtaining her natal colours every year ever since obtaining her black belt.
She won double gold in the karate world championships in Sun City in 2009 where she competed against 21 countries. She was chosen as the sports woman of the year by the International federation of Funakoshi Shotokan, Karate South Africa in 2010. For now the Grade 11 pupil is concentrating on her studies and after matric a carreer in IT, but will push all the boundaries to achieve her Protea colours. At the end of the year she will be attempting her second Dan. Shivona thanks her parents for their support but has special gratitude for her brother Jason who is her personal trainer and has trained her from age 7 . Shivona's motto is "you are never too much, always be willing to learn and go that extra mile".
Hermanus Times Sports Star of the Month: Nelrine Beyers
Dedicated and versatile star Nelrine Beyers, a Grade 10 pupil at Hermanus High School, has been chosen as Hermanus Times Supersport Let’s Play Sport Star of the Month for April.
She is not only a very dedicated and talented athlete but also an all-round sportswoman.
Nelrine set new records in the girls u.17 triple jump event at Hermanus High School’s interhouse meeting, at the interschools meeting between Hermanus, Bredasdorp and Overberg and at the zone athletics meeting.
As a result of her outstanding performances, she was chosen for the South Boland athletics team and obtained a gold medal at the Boland athletics championships in Paarl. She represented Boland at the Western Cape championships in Oudtshoorn, where she obtained a second place in girls u.17 triple jump.
Nelrine went on to represent the Western Cape athletics team at the Yellow Pages SA Youth Games in Germiston, where she finished 10th overall in the girls u.17 triple jump against the best young athletes in the country.
She is a very good netball player and captain of the u.16?A team. Nelrine is also a member of the u.19?A girls squash team.
Bloemnews/Let’s Play Sports Star for April: J.P. Steyn
J.P. Steyn (16) from Jim Fouché High School is a enthusiastic hockey and rugby player. In grade 7, he represented his primary school in the hockey Champ of Champions finals hosted by Potchefstroom.
In grade 8 he also went on to represent Southern Free State for hockey. J.P’s great passion however, is for rugby. He started playing rugby at the age of 9, representing his primary school during rugby tours.
During grade 7 he was included in the Craven Rugby Week team. In grade 8 J.P. received a trophy for the best backline player in his rugby team. He also was selected to be part of the team to represent his school overseas. J.P. is also part of the U/16A team and will tour to Glenwood later this year, while practicing hard to be included in the u/16 Craven week team. J.P.’s ultimate dream is to represent a Provincial Team and one day, to play for the Springboks
Express Bloemfontein/Let’s Play Sports Star: Sello Seseng
Sello Seseng (14) is an avid swimmer, soccer and cricket player. Sello started playing soccer in 2006 at the age of 8 for a local team in Bochabela, Bloemfontein. In 2010 his team came in 3rd at the South African Air Force Schools Soccer Tournament.
He played for his school, Kruitberg Primary School and his u/13A team won the Milo Cup 2011. They represented the Motheo District and were runners up for the annual Clover Tournament held at Grey College in the same year.
Sello also started playing cricket in grade 7 for Kruitberg Primary u/13A where he had an average of 3 wickets per game. In 2012, Sello started at his new school, Grey College, and has also taken up swimming for Grey College but has not competed in any gala competitions. Sello believes that he will also make his mark as a great swimmer. Sello continues to excel in soccer and cricket at his new school. In Sello’s own words: “You are never a loser until you stop trying, so keep trying”.
Express Northern Cape/Let’s Play Sports Star: Enrique De Villiers
Enrique De Villiers (12) from Olyvenhoutsdrift is an eager soccer and cricket player. Enrique started playing soccer and cricket in the streets of his neighborhood with his friends during his pre-primary years.
In grade 3, he really started to excel at cricket, with Bakers Mini-Cricket at his school. The major aim of Bakers Mini Cricket is to introduce a game of cricket to young children in its simplest form.
Basic cricket skills such as bat and ball handling, run-up and running between the wickets are taught. Enrique is a very energetic but focused boy who loves sports. His sporting heroes are Itumeleng Khune and AB De Villiers. In 2011, he was chosen as captain for his u/11 team and was awarded the title of Cricket Player of the Year.
His biggest inspiration is his dad, Eric, who has always encouraged him to give his best and to partake in sport. Enrique is an inspiring little boy with a life motto: “Hard work gives you good rewards”.
Express Eastern Free State/Let’s Play sports star: Thato Motahane
Thato Motahane (12) is an athlete of note and has quite a number of athletic achievements under his belt. In February 2011, Thato took part in the Sasolburg Provincial race and won a silver medal (2nd place).
In March of the same year, he took part Germiston National Tournament where he achieved 3rd position and a bronze medal. In September 2011 Thato took part in the Gauteng Transnet Race and achieved 2nd position and a silver medal.
Thato’s achievements for 2012 are also very impressive. On 25 February, he qualified for the Thabo Mofutsanyana Championships held in Bethlehem where he achieved 2nd position and was awarded a silver medal.
In the same month he held the number one position (gold medal) at the Highlands Athletics race held at the Phuthaditjhaba Stadium. He then qualified for the Free State Championships race held in Sasolburg on the 10th of March where he came 3rd and received a bronze medal.
He was also chosen to be part of the Free State team for the national championships hosted in Durban on the 23-24 March where he was a starter for the u/12 boys relay team. The Free State team achieved a 2nd position and received silver medals. Thato’s personal motto is “A healthy body equals a healthy mind”.
Eikestadnuus Let’s Play sports star: Minette van Vreden
Minette van Vreden is the Eikestadnuus Let’s Play Sports Star for April, who dreams of becoming a star tennis player one day. Minette though is already a star as she is currently the No 1 U13 tennis player in Boland and South Africa. The learner from Laerskool Stellenbosch, who also plays in the Schools U13 Hockey team, recently won all her matches at the SA Champs in Bloemfontein and has also been selected to represent South Africa at a tournament scheduled to take place in Mauritius in September this year.
Minette says ‘ That the best part of the game is being able to hit the ball as hard as you wish’.