Tasneem is first Sport Star of the Year

 The People’s Post Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year was announced at an event at the Bellville Golf Club on Tuesday last week. From left are Jeremy Fredericks (MC), Dannon Siljeur (finalist), Tamzin Thomas (finalist), Earl Haupt (People’s Post sport
The People’s Post Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year was announced at an event at the Bellville Golf Club on Tuesday last week. From left are Jeremy Fredericks (MC), Dannon Siljeur (finalist), Tamzin Thomas (finalist), Earl Haupt (People’s Post sport

A five-time world karate champion is the People’s Post Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year.

Tasneem Cozyn (18), who was a matriculant at Muizenberg High School this year, was chosen from the six monthly winners of the competition.

Tasneem excels in Kimura Shukokai International karate and has been a world champion five times. She became the national senior women’s u.21 champion in May and has earned her senior Protea colours. She has also had junior Protea colours for six years.

She was announced as the overall winner at the People’s Post Let’s Play awards ceremony at the Belville Golf Club on Tuesday last week.

Well-known sport personality and commentator Jeremy Fredericks was the MC and guest speaker. He reminded the finalists that they should continue with their hard work.

“It is only through dedication, devotion, discipline and determination that one can truly excel at the highest level in the world of sport,” he said.

“I definitely did not expect to be the overall winner,” Tasneem says. “I mean, sitting among all those top athletes, it was extremely tight and a privilege, but I definitely am extremely honoured and happy that I have won.

“When it came to the moment that the MC named the overall winner, I became slightly nervous and I remember looking over at the one athlete whom I definitely thought would have won, but then Jeremy called my name and I think I took a moment to process that I had won. I was really shocked, but I feel great,” she says.

“The message I have for the upcoming youth is just to work hard and stay goal-driven, always look to do the right things and remain humble. That’s key. Every day is a chance to get better.”

The other five finalists included Tamzin Thomas (17) from Mitchell’s Plain who was the winner for April.

She is a sprinter and was the fastest in the 100m and 200m in her age group; she attended the world youth games in 2013 and her personal best in the 100m is 11.68s. Tamzin is the SA Open woman’s senior champion in the 100m race. Her personal best in the 200m is 23.72s. She is also the fastest youth girl in Africa in the 100m.

Dannon Siljeur (16) from Retreat represented the SA u.16 water polo team in Malta in July and was the People’s Post winner for June. He was selected as a non-travelling reserve for the u.17 SA water polo team earlier this year. He also represents WP in hockey.

Che February (17), from Wynberg Boys’ High School, was the winner for July. He has been selected for the WP u.18A IPT hockey team as well as the SA u.16A team and the SA u.18A team.

Duran Koevort (13) from Glencairn was the winner for August. He is a great rugby player and was selected for the WP u.13 Craven Week team. He was the player of the match in the final, which WP won.

Caleb Oliphant (13) from Pinelands was the winner for September and October.

He was a star in the WP u.13 hockey team this year and also represented WP in water polo.

People’s Post and Let’s Play will look for more sport stars next year. Keep an eye on this newspaper to see when the competition opens.

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