Twenty Grommet Game Stars named

2017-04-06 06:02

SURFING South Africa recognised 20 outstanding performances by surfers at the 2017 Billabong SA Grommet Games in Port Elizabeth on March 21, naming them as the inaugural Sea Harvest Grommet Games Stars and presenting each of them with a commemorative star-shaped trophy.

Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders produced six finalists over the eight divisions, of which five of the surfers are from the Kouga region.

The surfers are Adam Faclier, Joshua Myburgh, Ntando Nqadala, Isaac Van Zyl, Scarlette Van Jaarsveldt, Leila Steytler and Stella Emerson (all Cape Town Surfriders); River Gericke, Owethu Tabata (both Eden Surfri-ders); Matt Canning, Ben Ribbink, Danny May (all eThekweni Surfriders); Kaylee Shaw-Nell, Chelsea Clotz, Shana Zunckel (all Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders); Josh Malherbe (Buffalo City Surfriders); Liam Gerber, Simakele Rooi, Maya Figl and Rentia Tromp (Cape Winelands Surfriders).

Local surfers Zunckel and Shaw-Nell both received Grommet Games Star awards, while Shaw-Nell also obtained a second place for surfing in the Girls’ u.14 division and in the flags race, as well as a fourth place in the paddle battle. Zunckel furthermore obtained a first place in the flags race and a fourth place for surfing in the Girls’ u.16 division.

Davey obtained a third place for surfing in the Girls’ u.14 division, and Hendricks claimed the fourth place for surfing in the Girls’ u.12 division, while Loppnow obtained a third place in the paddle battle.

Potgieter, Loppnow and Dace received silver medals as members of the tag team.

Once recognised at the South African Grommet Games it becomes the responsibility of the respective Districts to support and encourage the surfers in this group to ensure that they continue their involvement in the sport.

The Grommet Stars will be nurtured, mentored and supported by their respective Districts and encouraged to participate in as many local and national surfing contests as possible.

Their main focus should be to participate in as many events as possible and to aim at representing their respective District teams at events such as the SA Junior Championships.

Many of the surfers named in this inaugural group will be taking the next step this weekend as they compete in the Billabong Junior series event in Port Elizabeth and next weekend when they travel to George in the Southern Cape to compete in the Sea Harvest Vic Bay Gromcomp.

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