Supersport Let’s Play Awards 2015 – Welkom

The prestigious SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year Awards for the Welkom newspapers were held on Thursday 19 November at the Goldfields Casino Conference Centre. Places were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for our two newspaper partners – Vista and Goldfields & Northern Free State Express.

Our guest speakers for the day were Lizelle Jansen, physiotherapist for the Griffons and Runaldi de Beer from SpecSavers who has a diploma in sports vision.

SpecSavers came on board by sponsoring R100 x off sunglasses vouchers to all attendees and a R250 voucher for the runner-up.

The awards ceremony was a resounding success with 60 attendees. The coveted awards went to:

VISTA:

1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Vista

Chante Labuschagne – 17 years old (Judo, athletics, javelin, shot put, netball, cricket)

The winner of the SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the year for Vista is Chante Labuschagne (17), a learner at Goldfields High School in Welkom. She is a versatile sportswoman who excels in judo, athletics, netball and cricket.
Chante earned her Judo South Africa colours in 2009 and in 2013 her International Judo Federation Judo and South African colours. She also received her South African Junior Judo Protea colours from 2013 to 2015. She is currently first in the national rankings for women’s under 63 kg.
This year she was included in the national team and represented the Proteas in Swaziland where she won a silver medal. She represented South Africa in Burundi in the African Championships where she won a silver medal and also took part in the USA Junior World Championships for Judo. She departed to Germany on 04/06/15 for a two-week training camp, where she won a gold medal.
With regards to athletics, Chante has taken part in eight competitions in 2015 where she performed very well. At the 2015 school colours sport gathering, she was named the best senior field athlete and also broke the javelin school record that stood for 10 years. During the NWU PUK Central Top 20 she achieved a first and a third place in javelin and shot put. During the Top 10 she received a second place in the javelin. Then she won first place in javelin and shot put at the Sasol Hat and Goldfields East Regional event. She again earned a first place in javelin at the Clover Athletics and at the Inter High Sasolburg. Recently she qualified for her South African colours and won a silver medal at the Zone 5 Championships.
Chante also plays for the Llejweleputswa netball and cricket teams and took part in the Rovers lady team action cricket evening series. She also assists other athletes from other schools to be the best they can be.
Chante is included in the squad for Commonwealth Games to be held in INPE during April 2016.

2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Vista

Juan De Bruyn – 18 years old (Judo, rugby)

Juan is a member of the Northern Free State Judo team, earned his Judo national colours (Protea) and is second on the South African (SA) rankings in group 5 (age 18-20 years) weight class 100kg plus. During the Judo SA championships in Stellenbosch, he won a bronze medal. Then he left on 22 July to Sharm El Sheikh Egypt as part of the South African Junior Judo Protea team. He took part in the Africa Junior “Youth Championships” and came 5th overall in group 5 (age 18 -20 years) weight class 100kg plus. In August he took part in the National Judo “ranking”. He won a silver medal in Group 5, and a bronze medal in group 6 (age 21-29 years). Due to the team’s location on the South African rankings, he will be part of the team for the Commonwealth Games Judo in 2016 in Port Elizabeth. Besides Judo, Juan plays for Goldfields High school’s first team in lock position. He was also part of the first rugby team who took part in the Sportweni Championships held in Port Shepstone, Natal.

3rd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Vista

(a) Miné de Klerk – 12 years old (athletics, javelin, tennis, netball, hockey, cross country) & (b) Seipati Raletjena – 8 years old (cross country)

Miné de Klerk

Miné was named the Victrix Ludorum girls senior 2015 at Welkom Volkskool . She achieved 3 medals this year at South African Athletics Championships in Germiston: Gold in shot put, silver in javelin throw and Silver in Discus throw girl’s u/12. Miné also play for the Welkom Volkskool u/12A tennis, netball and hockey teams. She is the Nr 1 tennis player in the Senior Tennis School team and plays for the Lejweleputswa Netball team u/12.

Seipati Raletjena

Seipati Raletjena does not allow her background to determine her future. Being an orphan and running barefoot, Seipati’s mind is focused on being the best. On 23 May she became Boitekong Public Schools heroine when she represented Lejweleptswa District in the Inter-Provincial cross country championship and obtained fourth position. During the Goldfields cross country championships she came first then she traveled to Bloemfontein for the Free State cross country championships and came in third. Recently this brave little girl represented the Free State at National level during the South African cross country championships held in Middleburg, Mpumalanga. The results were as follow: national level came in sixth position with a time of 00:04:03 and provincial level first position.

GOLDFIELDS & NORTHERN FREE STATE EXPRESS:

1st place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Goldfields & Northern Free State Express

Vuyo Junior Mantjie – 17 years old (football)

Vuyo Junior Mantjie (17), a student at the Harmony High School in Welkom was chosen as the SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the year winner for Express Goldfields & Northern Free State. Vuyo is a very skilled football player.
In 2013, Vuyo played in the Metropolitan (The South African Football Association) SASFA U-16 national in Durban. Thereafter he played at the Coca-Cola SAAFA Nationals in Cape Town. Vuyo was included in the South African U-17 Football team. He was the youngest participant in the tournament.
In 2014 he played in the Engen Champ of Champs in Soweto. They also won the Engen Champs. He also played in the International Friendly against Lesotho and Botswana. He was likewise part of the team that met in the U-17 African Youth Championship in Niger.
In 2015 he participated in the U-17 African Youth Championships qualifiers in Egypt and Tanzania to play for the World Cup in Chile in Bay Hill for the U-19 South African team.

2nd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Goldfields & Northern Free State Express

Jaydene Stevens – 17 years old (karate)

Jaydene Stevens (17), a grade 11 pupil at Hentie Cilliers High school in Virginia is currently training under Sensei Gordon Stevens and has a black (second Dan) belt in karate. She received two gold medals in Kata and Kumite at the Northern Free State Karate Championship in 14 March. Thereafter she took part in the Karate Winter Challenge and received a gold medal for Kata and silver for Kumite. Jaydene also obtained her Northern Free State Karate Colours and took part at the South African Karate Championship and BKI Karate Championship where she received a gold medal for Kata and silver for Kumite.
During the South African Karate Championship she was chosen as part of the South African Karate team, who competed at the International Karate African Cup Championships where she received a fourth place overall.

3rd place – Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for Goldfields & Northern Free State Express

(a) Michaela Stevens – 12 years old (karate) & (b) Mvula Chabalala – 12 years old (athletics)

Michaela Stevens – 12 years old (karate)

Michaela Stevens (12), a grade 6 pupil at Merriespruit Primary school in Virginia is currently training under Sensei Gordon Stevens at the Goldfield Karate Club. She received two gold medals in Kata and Kumite at the Northern Free State Karate Championship, Karate Winter Challenge and Karate All Styles. Michaela also obtained her Northern Free State Karate Colours and took part at the South African Karate Championship and BKI Karate Championship where she received a silver medal for Kata and bronze for Kumite.
During the South African Karate Championship she was chosen as part of the South African Karate team, who competed at the International Karate African Cup Championships where she received a fourth place overall.

Mvula Chabalala – 12 years old (athletics)

Mvula Chabalala (12), a student at the St Dominic’s Primary School in Welkom is a talented athlete. This young athlete acquired a silver medal in the 4 x 100m relay for boys u. 11 at the Primary School National Athletics Championships held in Paarl, Western Cape last year.
During the 2014 and 2015 athletics seasons, Mvula obtained several medals in long jump, 100m, 150m springs and in the 4 x 100m relay. This year he broke the provincial record in the long jump by 0.2 m at the Free State Athletic Championship. This record was also the national record. At the same time he earned a silver medal in the 100m and 150m sprints.
He also won a silver medal in the 150m spring and received 2 gold medals for long jump and 4 x 100m relay for boys u. 12 at the South African national Primary Schools Championships held in Germiston, Gauteng.