Sport stars shine at De Duine
Rewarding the best
15 November 2019 | Sports
Courtney Mouton was named senior sportswoman and Timothy Coleman senior sportsman of the year at De Duine High School’s annual sport awards.
At the same event, Mary Samuels was named junior sportswoman with Franco Vries as the junior sportsman of the year.
Mouton is a juduka with national colours and is both a Namibian champion and gold medallist. She was also named best female juduka in Namibia. She competed in the Region 5 competition in Botswana where she achieved a fourth place. She also won a gold medal in a competition between Namibia and Angola, as well as a gold medal at the Erongo championships.
Samuels is a formidable darts player who represented the country at u/16 level at the Region 5 Dart Championships in Walvis Bay. She won a bronze medal in the team event, a bronze in the singles event and was nominated as Junior Sportswoman of the Year at the Namibia Sport Awards.
Vries represented the school and the country at u/16 level at the Grant Como rugby week in South Africa.
Coleman was recommended for the award by the Namibian karate world champion Shihan Leonard Martin. Coleman received Namibian colours for karate in February and represented the country at the UFAK Junior and Senior Championships in Botswana in June where he won a bronze medal for kumite. He also won bronze for kumite at the Region and Zone 6 Karate Championships in Swakopmund in May. He took gold at the NAKU Karate Championships in Walvis Bay in September and also pocketed gold for kumite and bronze for kata at the Namibia Goju Kai Karate championships in Walvis Bay in August. He is currently ranked 3rd best in Africa in his category.
Chandler Plato, a Namibian Rugby Union representative and former De Duine Learners Representative Council (LRC) member was the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony. He said that the top achievers had strived to be and give their best to make it to the podium. “While taking part is a key element in team sport, school events and life in general, winning is what makes us push ourselves to achieve our full potential. I am impressed with the achievements of everyone here tonight.”
Plato said that the hardworking and articulate young people are a credit to the school and an inspiration to community members.
“This is the perfect platform for the school to showcase future business leaders, parliamentarians, scientists, engineers, IT programmers, etc., gracing its corridors and being moulded in the classrooms as well as on the sport field.”
He emphasised that there are no short cuts to success. “It comes with hard work, getting up early in the morning and staying behind late after practise sessions to perfect your skills. Success is not a destination but a journey with important milestones, and tonight the achievers have arrived at such a juncture in their lives.”
Plato urged the learners to acquire the best quality education they can get from De Duine in order to become employable. “Use the education system to the fullest for a brighter future for you and your community.”
He also emphasised the importance of sound values. “Do not let peer pressure get the better of you. Having the courage not to accept pressure by peers is one of many challenges facing young people.”
In conclusion, he expressed the hope that the learners and teachers at De Duine will continue to excel. “Your journey is just the beginning and you should use this occasion as a stepping stone to greater things in life. Those who did not achieve or receive an award, should remember that there are only a few winners at any given point in time. Talent can only take you so far. Persistence and consistency are key to success. So if you continue to work hard, you will be rewarded.”
Various sport and business personalities including Frans “Killa” Samaria (Eleven Arrows Football Club), Shihan Leonard Martin (Goju Kai Karate world champion), Tyrone Mouton (Western Spurs Football Club), Nico Frygang (Freygang Builders), Valentino Mentoor (Mentoor Fishing) and Boeta Mouton (Boetas Express) attended the event as special guests. They handed over trophies and certificates to the top sport achievers and teams in darts, karate, netball, rugby, soccer and judo.
Two athletes, Diego Turner (sprinter 100m and 200m) and Timothy Coleman (high jump) received gold medals at the Zonal Athletics meet.
Reese Andrews, Courtney Mouton, Meeketa Mwatukane, Raulencia Natakalako and Ngurimuye Tjikkaama represented Namibia at girls U/19 level, while Denayson Cloete, Zachary Coleman, Jorell de Vos, Dosantos Murianga and Keanan Cloete represented the country at boys U/19 level.
Reese, who won bronze in the doubles competition, was named U/19 female player of the year, while Denayson Cloete is the male player of the year.
Romien Cloete, Jade Strauss and Mary Samuels represented the country at girls U/16 level, while Timothy Dick, Fransie Jansen, Giovani Links, John Williams and Sergio Witbooi represented the country at boys U/16 level.
Giovanni received an achievement award for winning 7 of his 12 games at the Region 5 Dart Championships.
The De Duine netball teams competed in the U/14, U/15, U/17 and U/19 Super Leagues and did well, securing a sponsorship of N$10 000 in sporting equipment from Debmarine.
Simone !Ganes and Shelly Mundjindjire received zonal colours and regional colours at U/17 level. They were also members of the Debmarine U/17 team that won gold. Victoria Shigweda was named most committed player in the U/17 Super League.
Raulencia Ndakalako received national colours, while Secilia Kasera and Shelly Mundjindjire were members of the U/19 Newspaper Cup team that won gold over the Easter weekend. Ndakalako was named best defender of the tournament and was named the De Duine netball player for 2019.
Secilia was also named most committed player, Yvonne Mafita was named most improved and disciplined player, Raulencia best defender and !Ganes top goal scorer and most versatile player in the U/19 Super League.
The De Duine U/15 soccer team won the league. They also clinched the Plate division of the Cavema Fishing Tournament. Zee-Zane Kisting and Ranchill Dausab shared the award for best defenders.
Paulus Hamutenya was the top goal scorer with 11 goals. Jackano Peerstoff was named most committed player while Conan Colen was named player of the year. He was also chosen for the Neymar Junior Fives Cup that took place in Brazil.
Various players were selected for the U/16 and U/18 Erongo teams. Franco Vries, Benito Sinden, Angelo Pamplin, Giovanni Links, Elrico Mouton and Zachary Coleman represented the school at U/16 level. Mouton was named best forward and Sinden was named the best backline player.
Algirnon Kolz, Clifford Cowley, Jay Jay Dentlinger and Clayton Pienaar represented the school at U/18 level. Pienaar was named player of the year, Dentlinger was named best forward and Kolz was named best backline player.
The U/19 team competed in the A league for the first time in the history of the school, making it into the semi-final round of the competition. William Cookson was named most committed player, Zadian Campbell was named upcoming forward with Daniel September named upcoming backline player.