Sports star crowned

2017-11-15 06:01
The eight finalists of the SuperSport Let's Play Sports Star of the Year for Express, with guests at the year-end awards ceremony held at the Windmill Casino in Bloemfontein on Friday (10/11). From the left are, front: Lebohang Matonam, Neill Jordaan (guest speaker and Free State Cheetahs player), Reinier Naudé, Teboho Setena (Express editor) and William Stewart; back: Zaine de la Rey, Obed Lekhehle, Retselisitsoe Tseki, Oame Leeto, Simeon Vorster and Juanré Viviers (Z PR Communications). Photos: Pieter Bruwer

The eight finalists of the SuperSport Let's Play Sports Star of the Year for Express, with guests at the year-end awards ceremony held at the Windmill Casino in Bloemfontein on Friday (10/11). From the left are, front: Lebohang Matonam, Neill Jordaan (guest speaker and Free State Cheetahs player), Reinier Naudé, Teboho Setena (Express editor) and William Stewart; back: Zaine de la Rey, Obed Lekhehle, Retselisitsoe Tseki, Oame Leeto, Simeon Vorster and Juanré Viviers (Z PR Communications). Photos: Pieter Bruwer

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The prestigious SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the Year Awards for the Bloemfontein newspapers were held on Friday (10/11) at the Windmill Casino Conference Centre.

First and second places were awarded for newspaper partners – Bloemnuus/News and Express.
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The coveted SuperSport Let’s Play Sports Star of the Year for Express accolade went to Obed Lekhehle (17).

He is a Gr. 11 learner of the Hendrik Potgieter Agricultural School in Reddersburg.

Courageous Obed’s right leg was amputated after he was hit by a car in March 2008. This did not prevent him from performing on the sports field and he made his disability category (T-42) for athletics.

He improved the South African u.18 high jump record at the Nedbank Championship for the Physically Disabled in Port Elizabeth and equalled the Africa record.

Obed achieved first place for long jump and qualified for the World Para Athletics Championship held in London in July 2017.

His courage enabled him to show he would not be defined by his physical disability status, but rather by his special talent and ability to thrive.

While some might view his physical disability as an obstacle preventing him from achieving, he has proven he is courageous.

His courage has inspired him to excel in competitive long jump and high jump competitions at different levels, achieve national records and equal the African record in high jump.

  • Obed’s achievements demonstrate that he has the courage and discipline which are necessary for success. Simeon Vorster, swimming sensation, was the runner-up. He has shown he has great potential.

Simeon (13), a Gr. 7 learner of the Universitas Primary School in Bloemfontein, has a bright future ahead of him. A holder of five new records in the Free State in the u.12 and winner of multiple medals (gold, silver and bronze) both provincially and nationally, Simeon certainly possesses a special natural ability.

The top two were chosen from nine finalists of SuperSport's Let's Play Sports Star of the month for Express.

Guest speakers were Niell Jordaan of the Toyota Cheetahs and Liani Myburgh of SpecSavers, who spoke about the importance of vision in sports.

Niel emphasised the importance of enjoying sport, building camaraderie while playing sport, especially at school, to work through disappointments, work hard to succeed, to stay humble and to never give up.

SpecSavers came on board by sponsoring 15 R1 000 coupons for three events for the winners and second places, as well as a lucky draw voucher for the pa­rents.

The awards ceremony was a resounding success, with over 70 attendees.

Value of prizes:

  • The first place winner received the following from Let’s Play:1 Let’s Play Blazer pin;
  • 1 Woolworths voucher (R500);
  • 1 cordless headphone set (R440);
  • 1 FitBit fitness watch (R800);
  • 1 SuperSport backpack (R195); and
  • 1 SuperSport towel (R275).
  • On top of this, he also received a R1 000 gift coupon from SpecSavers.

The total prize value for the first place winner is more than R3 000.

The second place winners received a R1 000 gift coupon, courtesy of Spec­Savers.

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