Betts, Baily win

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By SA­MAN­THA CAROLUS

Bradley Betts and Amy Baily were crowned the Sports­man and Sportswoman of the Year 2017 re­spec­tively, when the Rhodes Sports Awards cock­tail func­tion was held this week.

Betts is a mem­ber of the Row­ing Club and won Sports­man of the Year for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, while Baily is a mem­ber of the Dance­s­port Club.

The an­nual awards evening took place on Wed­nes­day evening at Prime night­club on New Street, un­der the theme “The pur­ple shall gov­ern”--all dé­cor and drinks were pur­ple, black and white, mak­ing the over­all evening a great suc­cess.

The event be­gan by hon­our­ing the 2016 win­ners, as last year's stu­dent protests led to the can­cel­la­tion of the sports awards func­tion.

Be­fore the 2017 awards were handed out, two guest speak­ers shared their sport­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and wise coun­sel for tall present.

Bavuyise Matyumza, who has played for U21 and U23 Net­ball South Africa, spoke fondly of her days as a Rhodes 1st team net­ball play­ers; while draw­ing on his two Olympic hockey tours ex­pe­ri­encesChris Hib­bert, Direc­tor of Sports at DSG, spoke of the try­ing times and chal­lenges that a sportsper­son faces.

The Pro­fes­sor Chris Whitely Per­for­mance of the Year award for 2017 as well as the Al­bany Jewellers tro­phy for the Com­mit­tee of the Year were awarded to the Dan­ce­port Club. The Row­ing Club took the Dat­san/Nis­sian tro­phy for the Club of the Year 2017.

Joe Slovo res­i­dence was awarded both the Spirit and Top Male In­ter-Res­i­dence awards for 2017, while the top fe­male res­i­dence was Al­lan Gray. The Neilen Locke Staff Coach of 2017 was Chris Hol­l­i­day and Candice Rafael was the Neilen Locke Stu­dent Coach of the Year.

The 2016 awards saw Et­tione Fer­rerira from the Archery Club named 2016 Sportswoman of the year, join­ing two-time win­ner Betts from the Row­ing Club.

New House res­i­dence took the 2016 award for the In­ter-res­i­den­tial Spirit and Top Fe­male House, while Joe Slovo house took the Top Male house Award. The Neilen Locke Staff Coach of the Year award went to Sebbi Kankondi, Neilen Locke Stu­dent Coach of the Year was given to Chris Rafael from the Dance­s­port club.

The Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tor of 2016 was Kudzanayi Nzombe.

The Rhodes Sport So­ci­ety with the Best Com­mu­nity Out­reach in­volve­ment was the Karata Club who help with the Alicedale Karate Club. The Archery club took both the Club and Com­mit­tee of the Year awards.

Betts also took the Per­for­mance of the Year award 2017 for plac­ing 4th at the U23 world row­ing cham­pi­onships.

Photo: Sa­man­tha Carolus

Amy Baily the Rhodes Sportswoman of the year 2017- from the Rhodes Dance Sports Club.

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