Achievers up for accolades

2017-11-30 06:00
Lungile Gongqa won the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon .PHOTO: adnaan mohammed

Lungile Gongqa won the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon .PHOTO: adnaan mohammed

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Western Province Athletics rewarded its top athletes for their hard work, dedication, commitment and achievements throughout the season at the 2017 Annual WPA Awards Function held at the Athlone Civic Main Hall on Friday, 24th November 2017.

Marcel Otto took home the coach of the year award after proving this past year that he is an outstanding coach, producing numerous WPA Champions and two South African Champions.

Marcel is the coach of Antonio Alkana, a member of the SA Team that went to the World Championships and is a new SA Record holder in the 110m hurdles with a time of 13,11 seconds.

Male athlete of the year award went to Lungile Gongqa who won the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in a time of 3,09,38.

He came first in the WPA 42,2km Championships at the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon in September with a time of 2,24,28. He also achieved the standard time required in three 10km events, his best being 30,38 at the Central 10km race in April.

Breyton Poole took the male junior athlete of the year award, having climbed to the top of the IAAF World Rankings for boys under 18 and bringing gold for SA with his jump of 2,24m in the high jump at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Kenya earlier this year.

Female athlete of the year went to Dominique Scott, who is 8th on the IAAF World ranking for her best time in the 1 mile(indoors). Female junior athlete of the year went to Julie Vercuiel who is 11th on the IAAF World rankings for girls under 18 with a best time of 59,26 in the 400m hurdles.

Anthony Timmy Timoteus, the SA Cross Country Silver medallist took home the Cross Country Athlete of the year award, an award that was won by WPA Great, Owen Machelm during the year Anthony was born.

Tamzin Thomas the WPA and Southern Region 100 and 200m Champion was rewarded with full colours, while Luke Davids who represented South Africa at the Commonwealth Youth Games received full colours for his bronze medal at the South African Championships earlier this year. In her absence Geraldine King received an award for her representing South Africa at the Southern Region championships earlier this year. Hilton Keith Langenhoven just missed out on the Paralympic Athlete of the year.

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