DA congratulates top Western Cape athletes

Ricardo Mackenzie MPP

DA Western Cape Spokesperson for Cultural Affairs and Sport

On Wednesday, 29 October 2014, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport honoured 50 athletes from the Western Cape for their sporting achievements throughout the year. These athletes all achieved either gold, silver or bronze medals in their respective sporting codes on a national or international level between April 2013 and September 2014.

The DA welcomes the honour bestowed upon these athletes, especially in the Western Cape as sport contributes to social cohesion in the province. It is important to encourage the youth and communities to engage in positive sporting activities. This engagement has proven to be a powerful mechanism in combatting social ills within our communities and affords youth opportunities to excel, despite the many challenges they face on a daily basis. This, in turn sparks a sense of achievement and optimizes social behaviour and in effect promotes social cohesion, which is indeed lacking in some parts of our country.

With much pride, the DA congratulates the following athletes in their respective sporting codes:

Cycling:

  • Eugene Soule, who represented South Africa at the Malaysia World Junior Track Champs in June/July and was the Western Province Junior Champion with 6 medals
  • SJ De Bod, winner of the U18 Cape Argus Cycle Tour, South African Road Junior Champ and 3 gold medals at the Malaysian Grand Prix
  • Matthee Maroesjka, 8 gold and 1 silver at the South African Track Champs. 2 bronze and 1 silver representing South Africa in Malaysia.

Chess:

  • Donovan Van Den Heever and Denise Frick, who both participated in the Zone 4.3 African Champs in Namibia

Badminton:

  • Mr SM Noone who won 2 bronze medals at the All Africa Champs in Uganda

Kickboxing:

  • Ashley Simpson – bronze kick light junior, SA Wako Junior Cadet and Junior World Champs in Italy.
  • Josh Cloete- bronze K1 junior, SA Wako Junior Cadet & Junior World Champs in Italy
  • Gregory Gans and Kirsten De Wit, who both won bronze low kick junior, SA Wako Junior Cadet and Junior World Champs in Italy

Judo:

  • Gert Gouws and Stefan Erlank, who both won gold at the African Judo Championship in Mauritius and participated in the 9th Kata Tournament in Malaga Spain.

Gymnastics:

  • B. Van Niekerk – Represented South Africa at the African Champs Indo Pacific Champs and the 2nd African Champs
  • Hawksley, who represented South Africa at the African Indo Pacific Champs, was the champion in her level and 1st at the Indo Pacific Games
  • Kelly, who finished 1ST at the Indo Pacific Champs in the Mens Tumbles.
  • L. Lawrence, who is a Junior Olympic Artist Gymnast and won silver African Champs Team All Round. She also won the Western Cape Champs in her level.

Swimming:

  • S. Kruger, who won 7 medals at the World Masters Swimming Champs.

Open water Swimming:

  • Rudolf Visser, who is the top Western Province open water swimmer, won Robben Island 2014 and represented Western Province at the South African National and FINA Junior World Open Water Swimming Champs in Hungary.

Surfing:

  • Dylan Frick – 3RD SA Open SUP Wave Riding, Ranked 10th in the 2014 Stand Up World Series, finished 1ST at the Roma Spain Long Distance, 2014 Open Downwind Race Champ

Bowls:

  • JK, Roebert, gold medal winner at the 2014 Warwick SA Bowls Nationals, Semi-finalist at the Warwick SA Bowls Men’s Singles 2014, gold medal winner at the WP Men’s Bowls Marriot and winner of the WP Bowls Specsaver pro ‘10’ in June.

Netball:

  • S. Lekalakala, manager of the SA Protea team 2013, Manager of the WP A-team, VC of the Western Cape Provincial Sports Federation.
  • Manzomthombo Senior Secondary School, who was a Ministerial nomination and won gold at the African Champs Netball Tournament

Lifesaving:

  • K. Flanagan, who participated in the International Ladies Open, numerous 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in individual and team event and WP Surf Lifesaving Champs.
  • RR De Morny, WP Champs gold medal beach sprints, represented SA at Rescue 2014 in France, World Title Holder in Beach Flags in Australia 2012.

Golf:

  • Herman Loubser, SA no.1 Junior July, SA no.1 u17, represented SA in Italy and China. He has also won 5 junior tournaments and has 4 top finishes in National Men’s ranking tournaments.
  • Andrew Van de Merwe, represented SA in Japan at the World Junior Championships. He is 3rd in the German Masters.

Comrades:

  • Catherine Carr, Ministerial nomination, and also the youngest women runner at comrade’s marathon.

Boxing:

  • Luyanda Khwankwa, WBF World Champion Boxer in Straw weight Division.

Rugby:

Sebastian Prim, participated in 7s Rugby and won Gold at the Commonwealth Games 2014.

The DA is exceptionally proud of these athletes and notes that it is essential to harness the sporting talent of emergent athletes. We encourage the youth in our communities to look up to these athletes as positive role models. These athletes are living proof that even though confronted with gangsterism and substance abuse such as the scourge of tik, there exists alternative lifestyles through sport. In order to promote sports to achieve social cohesion in the province, I will be engaging with the relevant role-players to enhance sports developments in the Western Cape.