Awards for 3 runners and two CMA volunteers

2010-10-18 00:00

THE Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) hosted its annual Gold Fields Spirit of Comrades Awards ceremony in Durban on Friday.

Among this year’s recipients was Anne Kouvarellis (61) of Boksburg, who founded the Falcon Flyers Running Club to train novices to complete the world’s greatest ultra-marathon.

The second “golden” recipient was 38-year-old Jaco Zevenster, who missed his Comrades 2010 medal by one minute and two seconds after going to the rescue of fellow Comrades runner Joanni Opperman, who fell and broke her ankle at the start of the marathon.

The final recipient was 53-year-old Vlam Pieterse, who has been described as the absolute archetype of the “Spirit of Comrades”. He has been credited with having an exemplary pacing ability.

Life membership and the honours awards were bestowed on two people who embody the ethos of volunteerism. The Comrades Life Membership Award is presented to a member who has made a commendable contribution and been of outstanding service. Jeremy Taylor was chosen as the deserving recipient, having served the CMA for close on three decades.

The Honours with Life Membership Award is presented in recognition of an immense contribution to the Comrades and particularly for 10 years’ service on any one of the committees or 15 years’ CMA membership, with service in some capacity. Dr Jeremy Boulter, who has shown dedication and commitment to the CMA for 31 years, has been described as a truly worthy recipient of the Honours Award.

Beeld sports reporter Sarel van der Walt was named Top Journalist of the Year.

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