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Sports star honoured

Minette Kruger (13), a Gr. 7 learner of the Primary School Eureka, is this year’s winner of the Noordkaap and SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the Year competition.

Frances van der Merwe (17), a Gr. 11 learner of the Diamantveld High School, is the runner-up, with CW Kruger (11), a Gr. 5 learner of the Primary School Eureka, placing third. The prize-giving event took place at the Flamingo Casino on Thursday (28/11).

The winner was chosen on the grounds of criteria for 2019 was that of sports performance and versatility, as well as local, national and international achievements.

  • This year, Minette competed in wrestling, netball, hockey and athletics. She is passionate about wrestling, in which she earned her international colours.

She competed, amongst others, in the ISF World Combat Games for wrestling in Hungary and was part of the South African team to compete against the USA and Namibia. She also boasts numerous local, national and international achievements.

As the winner, Minette received a R500 mall voucher, a Let’s Play blazer pin, an Optimus Power Bank, a Barrier travel backpack, a focal point mobile phone lens and a Spec-Savers voucher for Polar sunglasses worth R1 295.

  • Frances boasts local, national and international achievements.

Amongst others, she represented the Northern Cape at three South African championships in biathle, biathlon and cross-country. She also won a trophy in the 10 km Sylvesterlauf road race in Germany and was the first female in the u.18 category to cross the finish line.

She won a Trekker BBQ set, a Let’s Play blazer pin, an Optimus Power Bank, a Barrier travel backpack and a focal point mobile phone lens.

  • CW, Minette’s brother, took part in wrestling, rugby, hockey, cricket and athletics. In the South African President Open wrestling championship, he won a gold medal and qualified for national colours. He also won a silver medal in the u.11 category of the South African Youth Championship.

He won a Let’s Play blazer pin, an Optimus Power Bank, a Barrier travel backpack and a focal point mobile phone lens.

At the prize-giving ceremony, Geraldine Faber of Spec-Savers talked about eye injuries sustained during sport activities. She said 90% of all such injuries could have been prevented by wearing the correct protective eyewear.

Eugene Jacobs, the CEO of Northern Cape Cricket and guest speaker at the event, encouraged the young sports stars.

“Take up any opportunity you can to become a better you.”

Jacobs said there are a thousand other children who wished they could be finalists, and that not everyone can be the winner.

To the parents, who sometimes complain that they are tired of driving their children to sports events, he said it is absolutely worth it for a kid to take part in sport.

Lynne Landman, public relations official for Let’s Play, said young athletes must keep working hard.

“A few years ago, we had a finalist in Bloemfontein who didn’t win. But he kept going. He is Wayde van Niekerk.”

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