Athlete runs to stardom

2017-09-06 06:01
Frances van der Merwe (15)

Frances van der Merwe (15)

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Frances van der Merwe (15), a Gr. 9 learner of the Diamantveld High School in Kimberley, has been chosen as Express Northern Cape’s Let’s Play Sports Star of the Month for August.

She was chosen for her sporting achievements in athletics, biathlon, swimming, cross-country, hockey and trail running.

Frances has been the girls u.15 Griqualand-West biathlon and cross-country champion for the past two years.

She also achieved provincial colours and took part in the South African championships for both disciplines.

She is a swimmer at the Flamingo Aquatics Club and plays for her school’s u.16B hockey team.

She loves to do Irish dance, as well as contemporary dance.

On 1 July, she achieved a third place in the category for females 16 to 30 years at the Montafon-Arlberg 16 km trailrun in Austria.

Her motto is: ”Aspire to inspire before you expire.”

  • Send your SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the Month nomination for learners between the ages of six and 18 today. Nominations received before the 20th of each month will be included in that month’s selection.

You can email your nomination to or fax it to 086-552-4922.

More on the Let’s Play initiative:

Over time, SuperSport has evolved as the quintessential sports authority. With such strong sporting influence within the South African market, SuperSport has been perfectly poised to harness this power and rally the public and corporates to truly make a difference in society.


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