THE prestigious SuperSport Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year Awards for the Northern Cape newspapers was held on Friday, 27 November at the Flamingo Casino Conference Centre in Kimberley.
Sport stars were awarded with first, second and third places for Express Northern Cape.
The first place winner for Express Northern Cape is Rinske-mari du Plooy (12) for her brilliant performance in rhythmic gymnastics high performance (HP).
She is a pre-junior Olympic gymnast who has been in the HP programme for more than five years.
Rinske-mari is a dedicated and hard-working gymnast and has competed in various competitions, such as in Jeffreys Bay, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Kimberley and won several first place and second place overall medals.
Rinske-mari has also competed as a South African gymnast at the Queen Margarita International Competition that was held in Varna, Bulgaria, in August.
She was selected as one of the top HP gymnasts to attend a national HP camp, which took place in Johannesburg. It was facilitated by the United Kingdom’s international coach, Nadia Alexandrova, and some of South Africa’s top coaches.
She has also done her HP testing, which is done annually with all South Africa’s HP gymnasts and she did exceptionally well. She was ranked second in her pre-junior Olympic section.
Rinske-mari qualified to represent the Northern Cape at the 2015 South African Gym Games that was held in Johannesburg.
She won the silver medal overall for the pre-junior section, bronze for hoop, silver for rope and clubs, and the gold medal for ball.
She also received the trophy for the HP Circuit Gymnast of the Year.
Rinske-mari has been selected to represent South Africa at the Zone V1 International Competition, taking place this month in Gauteng.
The second place winner is Daynah Calvert (10) who has remained unbeaten in rhythmic gymnastics for 2015. She obtained the first position overall and is gold medallist in all the competitions she competed in.
Some of the competitions included the Jeffreys Bay circuit, Wierda Circuit, Gold Reef Circuit and Rythmia Circuit.
She also represented the Northern Cape and South Africa at the Queen Margarita International Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, in August.
Daynah was selected to represent the Northern Cape at the South African Games from 5 to 10 October in Johannesburg, where she was named the South African hoop, ball and circuit winner.
Diego de Abreu (15) is the third place winner. He is a hockey-player who has had an eye for the ball from a very young age.
He played in the Northern Cape High School’s first boys’ hockey team since gr. 8, and has represented the Northern Cape provincial team for six consecutive years.
He has been in the u.13 team for three years and in the u.16 team for three years.
Diego was selected for the South African Junior Hockey Colt Squad when he was 11-years-old.
He captained the Northern Cape provincial u.16 team in 2014.
Diego also played in the men’s hockey league for the St Patrick’s Club, since gr. 7.
He has further been selected for the Northern Cape provincial u.16 team that toured in Natal earlier in July.
This year marks the third year that he plays for the u.16 team.
It was interesting to listen to the guest speaker, Claudia Booysen, who has an impressive sport CV, who shared her experiences.
She highlighted her netball career which included her participation in the South African Protea Netball Team that toured England for a three-test series in 2009.
SpecSavers sponsored vouchers to all attendees and a special voucher for the runner-up.
The awards ceremony was a resounding success with 65 attendees.
Rinske-mari is a
dedicated and hard-
working gymnast and has competed in various competitions.