Hernu scoops top prize

2015-12-16 06:00
HERNU VAN VUUREN is the 2015 Express Eastern Free State’s SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year.

HERNU VAN VUUREN is the 2015 Express Eastern Free State’s SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year.

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BETHLEHEM. – Hernu van Vuuren (17), a learner of the Bethlehem Voortrekker High School, has been voted the Express Eastern Free State’s SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year for his excellent performance in athletics.

He was announced the winner at the recent prestigious SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year Awards for Express Eastern Free State.

This glamorous event, filled with winners and finalists from all over the Free State and Northern Cape, took place at the Windmill Casino Conference Centre in Bloemfontein.

Hernu was followed by a karate star, Martin Saayman, in second place.

Sizwe Kenny Msingizwe of the Smiling Boxing Club in Bohlokong near Bethlehem, ended in third place.

Hernu has represented the Free State since 2010 at the South African Athletics Championship for javelin.

In 2015, he won a gold medal at the Free State Athletics Championship with a new record of 72,70 m.

He also won a silver medal at the South African Championship which was recently held in Bloemfontein.

During the South African Open Championship held in Potchefstroom, he won a gold medal.

This hard-working athlete from Harrismith has also set a new javelin record and obtained a gold medal at the Africa Youth Championship in Mauritius.

Most recently he represented South Africa at the World Youth Championship in Cali, Colombia. Hernu won the qualification round with a tournament-best of 79,04 m and ended fifth in the final round with a distance of 76,04 m.

He is currently fourth on the world youth rankings for 2015.

Martin also has a charming record that earned him a second place in this years’ competition.

For the last four years, Martin represented the Free State at the Karate South Africa (KSA) All Styles Championship.

For the last three years he also gained his Protea Colors at the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc). Since 2013 he was ranked first in South Africa in his weight and age group by KSA.

The third prize winner, Sizwe, is a young boxing star to take note of.

He was named both the district and Smiling Tiger Boxing Club’s youth boxer of the year.

Earlier this year he was crowned the winner of the provincial championship held in February in Senekal, for the 54 kg weight category.

He also took part in the South African Youth and Junior Championship in Welkom, where he won a silver medal for the 54 kg weight category.

He has been named the district boxer of the year and district champion for 2015.

Sizwe also represented his district at the South African National Youth Junior Championship and was awarded with a silver medal.

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