UCT sports stars glitter at awards

31 October 2011

UCT sports stars glitter at awards UCT sports stars glitter at awards
Above left: Fine fettle: Fencer Jacques Viljoen (left) is UCT's Sportsperson of the Year, winning the Jamison Cup at the Sports Awards dinner on 21 October. Viljoen won the same award in 2009. Guest speaker Ryan Sandes presented the award. Above right: Race ace: Ryan Sandes presents the Turpin Cup for Service to UCT sport to the Students' Representative Council's Kim Senogles.

South Africa's top-ranked men's foil fencer, Jacques Viljoen, is UCT's 2011 Sportsperson of the Year, winning the coveted Jamison Cup for the second time.

The final-year fine arts student won the same award in 2009, a trajectory that's seen him bag the national tournament title for the past three years, an unprecedented feat.

Viljoen was one of many UCT students who were féted at the annual Sports Awards dinner on Friday 21 October, at the Cape Sun.

The fencing Men's First Team also won the Butterworth Cup for team of the year.

The Landstem Trophy for performance of the year was shared between the rowing men's First VIII and the Mountain & Ski Expedition. Both have had stand-out seasons.

The men's first crew won the eights race at the University Sport South Africa (USSA) Sprints and was top university team at all sprint regattas throughout the year. The Mountain & Ski Club led an expedition to Chandra-Bagah 13A in the Indian Himalayas, to learn valuable snow and ice mountaineering skills they could pass on to their members for future expeditions.

Guest speaker at the awards dinner was alumnus and adventure racing 'poster boy' Ryan Sandes, whose résumé includes wins in all the 4 Deserts events - he is the only person to have achieved this feat. Sandes has built his success (he started running when he was a student, after the 2006 Knysna Marathon proved to be his only ticket to the Oyster Festival) on the central philosophy of "one grain of sand at a time".

The awards ceremony was also an opportunity to bid farewell to John Donald, manager of Sport & Recreation, after more than two decades of service to sport at the university. Donald was unable to attend the awards, but chairperson of the UCT Sports Council Professor Mike Meadows said: "John, you look way too young to be retiring: no doubt this is so because of your lifetime of active and healthy involvement in sport. Good luck, and be sure to stay in touch with UCT sport as it goes from strength to strength in the years to come."

Other awards made on the night:

  • Club of the Year: Rowing
  • Transformation Trophy: Hockey
  • Turpin Cup (Service to UCT Sport): Kim Senogles, Students' Representative Council
  • Best First-Year: Ricky Schroeder (rugby)

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