WP’s athletes awarded

2017-12-05 06:00
Lungile GongqaPHOTO: ADNAAN MOHAMED

Lungile GongqaPHOTO: ADNAAN MOHAMED

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Western Province Athletics (WPA) rewarded its top athletes at an annual awards evening held at the Athlone Civic Centre on Friday.

Members were awarded for their commitment and achievements throughout the season.

Marcel Otto took home the Coach of the Year award. Otto is the coach of Antonio Alkana, a member of the SA team and the new SA record holder in the 110m hurdles.

Men’s Athlete of the Year went to Lungile Gongqa who won the Two Oceans ultra marathon and the 42.2km of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon in September. He also achieved the standard time required for three 10km events at the Central 10km race in April.

Men’s Junior Athlete of the Year was awarded to Breyton Poole, who won the high jump at the IAAF world junior championships in Kenya earlier this year. He’s at the top of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) world ranking for u.18 boys.

Women’s Athlete of the Year is Dominique Scott, who is eighth on the IAAF world ranking for her best time in the one mile (indoors).

Women’s Junior Athlete of the Year was awarded to Julie Vercuiel, a hurdler who is 11th on the IAAF world ranking for u.18 girls.

Anthony Timmy Timoteus, the SA cross country silver medallist, took home the Cross Country Athlete of the Year award, an award that was won by WPA great Owen Machelm in the year Timoteus was born.

Tamzin Thomas, WPA and Southern Region 100 and 200m champion, was rewarded with full colours, while Luke Davids who represented SA at the Commonwealth Youth Games, received full colours for his bronze medal at the South African championships earlier this year.

Geraldine King received an award for representing the country at the Southern Region Championships earlier this year. Hilton Keith Langenhoven just missed out on the Paralympic Athlete of the Year award, but was recognised for his brilliant international season.

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