Letter from the Chairman - September 2011
It is my privilege to supply the 5th report since September 2008. WCDSF Executive members held regular meetings during the year as well as Council, Financial and Special meetings. The activity in Sport Codes has been good being both positive and negative during the past year.
In November 2010 we held the forth WCDSF function award at De Ville near Paarl, approximately 90 people attended. We would like to thank Stephanie Lotz for her hard work which made the function a huge success. The Sportsman of the Year 2010 was Ryan Lotz (Golf) and Sportswomen of the Year 2010 were Theresa Greenwood (Squash). Congratulations to both of you. I'm looking forward to the fifth function which will be held on the 18th of November 2011 in Brackenfell.
ATHLETIC: The 2nd 10km Championship was held in March 2011 at Worcester, it merged with the Rainbow Marathon. We would like to thank Natalje Roelofse for his input and help with organizing for the Deaf Athletics. It went very well and new faces appeared: Robert Roro, Chakana Phapang and Maryna Vos.
BADMINTON: Johnny van Aswegen did not give up coaching the junior players at De la Bat School. At the moment there are 25 pupils. Due to a shortage of funds they were unable to participate in the junior leagues with the hearing.
BOWLING – LAWN: There is no activity in bowling except Rayford Cruywagen who joined a hearing Club for the past three years and is still improving his skills.
CRICKET: The first junior development took place in March/April 2011 at De la Bat School. Bevan Heyns, a qualified coach, trained them in three groups e.g.: grassroots phase, intermediate phase and high school. I'm pleased to say that it went well.
We've contacted Mary Khan School in Observatory and they are very keen to co-operate. The equipment was purchased from the NLDTF funds.
March/April 2010, SA Deaf Cricket Tournament Championship was held in Pretoria, 5 Provinces took part namely: WP, Northern Gauteng, Gauteng, KZN and Northwest. WP won the game overall. Unfortunately Boland did not participate due to communication problems.
NETBALL: The Special Structure meeting was held on 20th August 2011 and went well. Albie Louw of SADSF attended the meeting which was met with much appreciation.
SQUASH: The first junior development took place at De la Bat School, trained by a qualified coach. New equipment was purchased from the funds of NLDTF.
SWIMMING: The development swimmers have shown very good progress and the following swimmers are registered on SSA's database: Marthie Kotzé (14yrs), Esmari Oosthuizen (17yrs), Peggy de Villiers (17yrs), Jean-Claude Smith (13yrs), James du Toit (15yrs) and Shaun Smit (18yrs). They all received professional coaching. We are very proud of Shaun Smit and Peggy de Villiers who took part at the International World Deaf Swimming Championships in Coimbra, Portugal, from the 5th to 13th August 2011. Peggy won three bronze medals and Shaun set his personal best times in all three items in which he participated. Big congratulations to you both. Big thanks to NLDTF which made it possible for them to be able to attend the training camps.
SOCCER: Worcester Deaf Club has joined Breevallei Local Football and is registered at Boland SAFA. They played matches almost every Saturday and Sunday in summer and winter. Their skills have improved very well. Thank you again to NLDTF for making it possible for them to join Boland SAFA. Clothing, kits and equipment was purchased from NLDTF funds.
BDSA: I'm pleased to see that Boland Deaf Sport Association continues their activity and they are involved mostly in junior athletes which is a very good decision. Ngu Isidore has taken the computer course at Creative Minds and the funds were used from NLDTF project.
WPDSA: Unfortunately the chairperson has resigned and to date the post is still vacant.
SCHOOLS: The biggest progression is at De la Bat School in Worcester. I would like to thank you for your enthusiasm and involvement in the projects. Equipment and clothing was purchased from the funds of NLDTF.
WEBSITE: Stephanie Lotz has taken the website course and passed the test. The administrator course funds were used from NLDTF funds. WCDSF has joined Website domain: www.westerncapedeafsport.com
WCDSF is truly proud of everybody for keeping WCDSF sport’s name high and achieving their goals.
The above mentioned progress was made possible by NLDTF financial support to the Western Deaf Sport Federation which was applied solely for equipment, courses and developments. We thank NLDTF for this support; you have truly made a big difference in the lives of these athletes.
SADSF NATIONAL GAMES
WCDSF Team has to withdraw after various letters and phoned to WC-DCAS and they have no funds available for transport and accommotation (Major Events) for WCDSF. The selected team was Athletic, Netball and Soccer.
WC-DCAS subsidy 2010/11 – R10 000.00, Petrus Burger and Andre le Roux signed the MOA on 24th June 2011 and to date no funds have been received. WC-DCAS has withheld the funds on an order from Diswec because WCDSF are not interested to affiliate to Diswec!
SADSF DEVELOPMENT CLUB
WCDSF again had to withdraw due the notice was to short and could not made to deadline.
SOCCER: The problem between Philippi and Khayelitsha continues.
I would like to thank all the WCDSF committees and each Sport codes for their co-operation and hard work. I do appreciate it very much.
Thank you once again