Kisha Samson (11), a Gr. 6 learner of St Patrick’s CBC, has been chosen as the 2018 Express Northern Cape’sLet’s Play Sport Star of the Year for her outstanding achievement in rhythmic gymnastics on regional, national and international level. The prestigious SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year awards ceremony took place on Thursday (29/11) at the Flaming Casino Conference Centre in Kimberley.At the ceremony first and second places were awarded for Express Northern Cape, as well as its sister newspapers Noordkaap and Kalahari Bulletin. The guest speakers at the event were the CEO of Northern Cape Cricket, Eugene Jacobs, and Geraldine Faber, who represented Spec-Savers. Spec-Savers sponsored three Police sunglasses coupons, worth R2 000 each, for the winners, three R500 gift coupons for the second places and Infinity sunglasses, worth R690 each, for the parents.Kisha was lauded for her achievement of having attended an international rhythmic gymnastics tournament in May in Greece.Here she represented the Rhythmia Gymnastics Club from Kimberley and South Africa at the second Royal Crown Cup. She received a gold medal for her ball apparatus and a silver medal for clubs with a total of 15 pre-junior gymnasts. The highlight of her national achievement is her participation at the South African Championship held in Johannesburg on 30 September, where she was the 2018 overall champion and the high performance circuit champion. On regional level Kisha scooped gold medals for ball and clubs routines, silver for hoop and bronze for ribbon. She also competed in Klerksdorp and was ranked first for ball and clubs, and second for hoop and ribbon. Kisha’s motto is, “Do it with passion or not at all.” Minette Kruger (12), a Gr. 6 learner of the Eureka Primary School in Kimberley, has been chosen as the runner-up. She was chosen for her achievements in netball, athletics, hockey and amateur wrestling. In 2017, Minette participated in the girls u.11 South African amateur wrestling youth championship where she received her South African colours. In 2018 she competed in the South African amateur wrestling trials in Middelburg, and won a silver medal in the category for girls u.15. She also competed in the boys u.13 category at the Tuks amateur wrestling tournament and received a bronze medal. Minette was the girls’ u.13 gold medalist at the South African president’s tournament for schools. She was also awarded her South African colours for the second time. Minette plays for the Eureka Primary School’s u.12A netball and hockey team. During the Frances Baard athletics meeting for 2018, she ended third and second in shot put and the discus throw for girls u.12.Minette’s motto is, “Practise as you participate and practise as a winner – then you will become a winner.”The awards ceremony was a resounding success with 70 attendees.