Rotary south youth merit awards

BY Media Team

The Rotary Club of Uitenhage South have recognised two Riebeek College Girls’ High School learners at the annual Rotary Youth Merit Award Ceremony of 24 October at the Uitenhage Golf Club.  The two learners are Lenae Naidoo, Grade 12, and Jamie-Lee Daniels, Grade 11.
Lenae Naidoo has epilepsy but still competes in cycling. She has demonstrated true compassion as a First Aid Committee member, school prefect and deputy head of SPCA.  In among these commitments she played first team hockey too.

  • Entered the Makro road race 30km on 10th September 2016 and came in as the first female in the Open category with a time of 1:18:09.
  • Cycled The Herald 2016 106km in 3 hours and 54 minutes.
  • Female Swimmer of the year in Dolphin Triathlon Club 2014 and 2015.
  • 1st position in u/18 category  for the Knysna Cycle Tour 2015
  • Finished all cycling races 1st in her club – Lenae said, “This was seen as a big achievement as I am the only girl.
  • Cycled The Herald 2015 106km in 4 hours and 24 minutes
  • Cycled the Cape Argus 2015 109km
  • Cycled Knysna 109 km in 4 hours and 27
  • Muir Gala February 2016: Lenae Naidoo, Samantha Jones, Mateenah Langford and Desire Ferguson swam against the Muir team in the annual Ashes race. Mrs Myburg is very proud of the Riebeek team who swam well and gave it their all.
  • July 2015 - Lenae Naidoo in Grade 11 was the first under 18 - competing against fellow male and female racers - to complete the 50 km bike race in the Knysna Cycle Tour on 5 July.
  • On 21 October 2015 Natheera Sirkhotte and Lenaê Naidoo (Head and Deputy Head of the SPCA Committee of the high school) handed over a cheque to the SPCA Uitenhage and District Branch at a special assembly. The annual cheque amounted to an amazing R20 600.00 collected through raffles, colouring-in competitions, cake sales and civvies days which are well supported by the enthusiastic learners of Riebeek who have a sense of community responsibility, compassion, empathy and a huge love of our furry friends.
  • 2015 - Lenae Naidoo completed the Cape Argus in Cape Town on 8th March. She was invited by a group of professional cyclists who noted her potential and skill
  • August 17, 2015 · Sports Assembly: Miss Potgieter, teacher in charge of hockey, led a special sports assembly today with the powerful message about confidence, not being limited by the sometimes insulting phrase "like a girl" and being inspired to be active. Hockey and tennis badges were handed out., Lenae received a hockey badge. 

Jamie-Lee Daniels is an Eastern Province Golfer.  Riebeek College’s very own golfing super star, Jamie-Lee Daniels (17 years old), has shown that hard work and dedication does pay off. After a highly contested final she won the Plate Division final at the Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur Championship at Ebotse.  This fantastic achievement was not the result of simple luck. Jamie-Lee has devoted many long hours of strenuous practice to the game she loves while still being involved in school life, A team under 16 Hockey and second team hockey playerand somehow finding time for her school work. Jamie-Lee plays for the Uitenhage Golf Club. She started playing golf at the age of four. She was inspired to do so after watching her dad and sister play golf. Thirteen years later she continues to play the sport she enjoys and devotes two hours a day practicing and perfecting her game. On top of all this arduous work she has had a full golf programme throughout the year.
 Jamie-Lee’s 2016 golf programme:
January: Boland Junior Open at Langebaan Country Estate; tied 7th place 
February: Eastern Province Championship at Humewood Golf Club; tied 15th place.
                  EP Closed Competition; 1st place (best EP player).
                Border Ladies Championship at East London Golf Club.
March: Curro SA Junior International at Langebaan Country Estate; tied 13th place.
SA Rose bowl u/18 at Port Elizabeth Golf Club; 27th place.
June: Nomads SA Girls Championship at Orkney Gold Club; tied 16th place and winner    
          of Best Nett Prize.
July: Gauteng North Championship at Woodhill Golf and Country Estate; lost in 1st round of match play.
 It was during Jamie-Lee’s July golfing programme where she competed in the SA Women’s Amateur Match Play at Ebostse Golf and Country Estate. She lost in her 1st round of match play, this put her through to the Plate Division. However, this was the last time she would taste defeat. She came back with vengeance, determined to take home her prize. She beat three other opponents in match play rounds and finally played Zayb Fredericks, on the national rankings, in the final.  The competition was fierce, but of course our fiery Jamie-Lee didn’t let it faze her. She held on to win the last hole and take home her well-deserved trophy.
August: Eastern Province vs Border Championship at Port Alfred Country Club; finished 9th in the strokeplay A division consisting of 32 players.
October: Captained the EP Senior Women’s Team at the Interprovincial Tournament held at Umhlali Country Club in Durban, Ballito; the team finished second in their matchplay division.
For a game predominantly played by men, Jamie-Lee’s achievements are no easy feat. Her achievements are remarkable for any woman, even more so for a seventeen year old who is still trying to juggle her school life and other commitments..

 October 25, 2016
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