Young cricketers honoured

2018-12-18 06:00
JP DuminyPHOTOS: Samantha Lee

JP DuminyPHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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The inaugural JP21 Foundation sports awards was held at Spine Road High School on Friday 7 December, to honour and celebrate the success of standout players and teams who participate in the JP21 league.

“I was here four years ago when you launched the project and thought, ‘wow, what an opportunity awaits the aspiring Proteas players’,” says Eddie Andrews, ward 78 councillor who spoke at the event.

“Four years ago I fully understood what was happening – there would be a support structure for any aspirant cricket player in Mitchell’s Plain and now four years later, the foundation is still going strong. To the players, this is a great opportunity. Grab it with both arms and both legs and make the most of it.”

The foundation was started by JP Duminy who was born and raised in Strandfontein.

“Having the support of all of you is really an honour,” said Duminy who MC’d the event.

He also thanked the Community Chest for making the event possible­.

Community Chest CEO, Lorenzo Davids, shared his own story with the young cricketers and encouraged them to continue striving for success. “I am a great admirer of what JP and the foundation is doing in Mitchell’s Plain and we are happy to partner with the foundation,” says Davids.

Keynote speaker, MEC for Cultre and Sport, Anroux Marais thanked the children for positively contributing to society and representing the Western Cape on various levels­.

Parents were invited to the event which also honoured teachers, principals and other patrons who have assisted the foundation in fulfilling its mandate.

The Foundation runs its own league in the area with various primary schools.

Their slogan is “Inspiring minds, changing lives, growing champions”.

The Yellowwood Primary School choir also performed at the event.

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