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Mzi Damesi and Mvemve Mdingi, the deputy president of the Western Cape Open Boxing organisation, with the boxers of Overstrand Whale Boxing Club, who bagged two gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the SA National Boxing Championships held in Kuils River.
Mzi Damesi and Mvemve Mdingi, the deputy president of the Western Cape Open Boxing organisation, with the boxers of Overstrand Whale Boxing Club, who bagged two gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the SA National Boxing Championships held in Kuils River.

Young boxers of the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club (OWBC) came out tops in the SA National Boxing Championships, bagging two gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

Club coach Mzi Damesi, who also coached the Western Province team, says he is extremely proud of the fact that the provincial team was the top performing one in the youth category.

“Some clubs went home without winning even one medal, but all seven OWBC boxers who participated won a medal,” a jubilant Mzi said. “OWBC was one of only two clubs in the whole province to have won gold in an elite category.”

Mutubatsi “Atang” Makatla and Likho Macwarandile beat their opponents convincingly and brought home gold. Makatla competed in the elite category and Macwarandile in the 57 kg division.

Cassandra Mbata, OWBC’s only female boxer, proved her mettle and won silver in the u-50 kg elite female boxing category. Asekho Noncele and Siyakholwa Nxanti also bagged silver medals.

Bringing home bronze were Akhule Mgoqi and Siphamandla Damesi. Damesi competed in the 63,5 kg elite category against a “very experienced” opponent, John Masamba from Gauteng, who is trying his best to qualify for the national boxing team.

“Winning bronze was the perfect birthday gift for Siphamandla who celebrated his 19th birthday on that day,” said Mzi.

He also wished Mgoqi’s opponent who suffered a concussion a speedy recovery.

“This was a very difficult year for the boxers. Due to lockdown they couldn’t compete in different tournaments which helps them to prepare for the nationals. Despite this my boxers did very well and I am extremely proud of them. Now we are waiting to hear from the executive committee whether Liko and Atang will be selected for the national team.”

Their continued successes in the boxing arena, Mzi said, would not have been possible without the support of generous donors.

“Thank you to EMS Foundation who sponsored our transport, meals and accommodation. EMS has been our main sponsor for a number of years and we are very grateful for their support.

“Thanks to Waldorf School, which provided its school bus at a discounted rate and Bergview Veterinary Hospital, which donated new tekkies for our boxers.

“We are very grateful for Generation School and all the locals who supported us by donating tekkies, vests and shorts. On behalf of the boxers I want to thank our administrator Dave Warren and Carole Dodds, without whom we would be lost.”

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