Well, here we are in the last quarter of the year 2015. This year so far has been a wonderful year and we are committed to taking it right to the end.
There are so many things that have happened and we are so proud of all our members and their achievements that it would be difficult to leave anyone out. Unfortunately we have to, otherwise we will need to write a book.
After the SA Transplant Team returned from the World Transplant Games in Argentina we have only received congratulations on their achievements.
World Transplant Games 2015, Mar del Plata, Argentina
South Africa returned from Argentina where we were placed third of 44 countries with 89 medals (41 Gold, 24 Silver and 24 Bronze.
The top 5 countries in order of performance were:
Great Britain & Northern Ireland
Out of 89 South African medals the nineteen Western Cape athletes contributed 42 medals (19 Gold, 18 Silver and 5 Bronze)
The Premier of the Western Cape has sent us a letter of congratulations:
Western Cape Celebrates Sporting Excellence
On 3 September 2015 the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais recognised the achievements of notable Western Cape athletes at the Head Office of the Department.
At this significant ceremony the sporting excellence of athletes of the Western Cape Transplant Sports Association were recognised. We were in the company of athletes of the following other codes: cycling, judo, kickboxing, netball, sailing, wrestling and table tennis.
DCAS Chief Director Lyndon Bouah said the National Sport and Recreation Plan prescribes that we recognise our sportsmen and women who have brought honour and pride to the province. “This ceremony acknowledges the achievements of our athletes”, said Bouah.
Minister Anroux Marais stressed the value of excellence and said: “The athletes officially honoured here today have done us proud. They have held the Western Cape’s name high at national and international sporting events. Your perseverance and focus have groomed you into significant role models to whom the youth can look up to.”
Hermann Steyn and Stan Henkeman as Team Manager and Team Captain received the recognition on behalf of the athletes.
Annual General Meeting 2015
The Annual General Meeting took place on the 12 th September 2015 at the Sports Science Institute. Due to the resignation of our Secretary a new Secretary, Annette Kruger was elected and we wish her all the best in her portfolio.
The Chairman read his report and highlighted the following –
The successful staging of the 2014 National Games in the Western Cape in October 2014.
A successful fund raising golf day was held which will become an annual event.
Contact has been made with the coaching co-ordinator of the Bellville Athletics Club to discuss the possibility of arranging coaching clinics with the view to identifying new talent amongst our members and also to prepare for the qualifying Nationals in 2016 and the WTG Games in 2017.
An amount of R65 000 is available to assist with our Athletes Assistance Programme under the supervision of recognised coaching staff as well as assistance with all aspects of transport and accommodation to attend training sessions.
Training camps will be arranged to assist athletes in their preparation for Nationals and World Transplant Games.
Application for funding will be submitted to the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports for the 2016/2017 financial year to assist in funding our athletes.
Our goals for next year is to build on and investigate fund raising options.
The Western Cape Management Committee for 2014 – 2016