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Jack Cheetham

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INK Hockey Club

INK Hockey Club was established by Nkosinathi Ngubane in 1993 and due to the lack of facilities in the township, began coaching hockey in a classroom with nine athletes. There are now 20 hockey-playing schools in the townships of Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwamashu in Kwa-Zulu Natal. 

The club uses hockey to encourage youth participation in sport which then exposes them to life-changing learning and education opportunities, with a number of players receiving high-school scholarships.  The club participates in the KZN Super League division and some of the players have been selected to play in inter-provincial tournaments. 

1st Runner Up

Langebaan Athletics Club

The Langebaan Athletics Club began in 2012 as a life-long dream by Christopher Rodgers to help uplift the local community and youth.  From ten members, the club now has 105 active members with many talented young athletes being given the opportunity to attend high-performance camps. 

The club teaches discipline through athletics and conditioning training and this has transferred to the classroom with a notable improvement in school attendance and punctuality. 

Langebaan Athletics Club was awarded the West Coast Sports Councils Community Builder of the Year Award in 2017

2nd Runner Up

Welkom Wrestling Club

The Welkom Wrestling Club started in 1991 when Jan Bezuidenhout decided to train some of the local children in the sport of wrestling.  Jan was working on his father’s farm at the time and noticed that there were very few opportunities for the children of the local community.  Many of the children went without food and often became involved with drugs and gangs as a means to escape poverty.

The club provides an opportunity to learn life skills, discipline and respect in a safe environment.  The club currently has 86 young wrestlers and has produced a number of provincial champions.