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03 November 2016
Sail Africa Youth Development Foundation and Rowing South Africa shine at the 2016 Jack Cheetham and Letsema Awards.

Johannesburg, 3 November 2016 – Sail Africa Youth Development Foundation and Rowing South Africa were each awarded first place at the 35th Jack Cheetham and Letsema Sports Development Awards, hosted by Murray & Roberts in association with SASCOC.

Sail Africa Youth Development Foundation were the winners of the Jack Cheetham Award, which recognises sports development projects transforming the lives of able-bodied young South Africans.  The foundation exposes previously disadvantaged youth to the sport of sailing and provides opportunities for careers in the nautical sciences and maritime industry. Participants of the project have previously represented South Africa at world sailing events.

First place in the Letsema Award went to Rowing South Africa for their Rowing for the Disabled programme. The Letsema Award, inspired by Hilton Langenhoven and his performance at the 2008 Paralympics, is awarded to sports development projects for people with disabilities. Rowing for the Disabled has a mass outreach programme for both indoor and outdoor rowing, which continues to produce elite athletes, several of whom have participated in the Paralympic Games.

The runner up in the Jack Cheetham Award was National Archery in Schools Programme – South Africa, which uses the sport of archery to promote participation in outdoor activities, while developing life skills. Third place went to CODAH Cycling Club. The club provides support to vulnerable and orphaned children through an outreach programme that includes a feeding scheme, basic life skills and cycling training.

The Letsema Award runner up was the Northern Cape Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.  The association provides opportunities for people with physical disabilities to participate across a wide code of sporting activities. Third place in the Letsema Award went to Frances Vorwerg School for learners with special needs, for their sports programme. Through the sports programme, the school has seen improvements in their learner’s self-esteem, confidence and scholastic subjects.

Henry Laas, Murray & Roberts Group Chief Executive concludes, “These awards have had tremendous impact on the beneficiaries over the past 35 years and tonight we celebrate another six finalists who use sport to nurture and inspire young people in their communities. We are excited about the potential that can be realised in our youth through the additional support the awards provide.”

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