By Safiyia Stanfley, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Sport, Arts and Culture:
The Democratic Alliance congratulates nominees and winners of the Inaugural Northern Cape Sport and Recreation awards 2015.
During the awards ceremony held at the Mayibuye Arts Centre last night the province’s athletes were recognized for their outstanding performance.
While the DA congratulates the winners, all nominees from the different 16 categories are equally remarkable and should continue to strive for excellence.
The awards will happen annually and every athlete will be recognized based on their performance going forward.
A special word of congratulation goes to Jose Pieterse for winning the Sports Men of the Year award as well as the Sports Star of Year.
These accolades should motivate him to be the best table tennis player at international level.
The DA also notes the effort from the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) and all its partners for staging the first ceremony successfully.
We commend the department for staging this event and hope it can only get better in the next ones.
These awards should become another mechanism used to encourage and support sport development in the province.
The Northern Cape definitely has talent and we are proud of our young men and women’s achievement.
The DA want to see more sport federations being recognized, we cannot have a situation where only one federation is nominated in a category.
We call on all sport federations to get their house in order to be counted among the best in the future.