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Two Woodridge students flourish in their respective sporting disciplines

By Marc Jacobson - Aug 3, 2017
Two Woodridge students flourish in their respective sporting disciplines

Two Woodridge College students, Amica de Jager, a Grade 12 Dux learner, and Coral-Jade Dippenaar, a Grade 11 learner at the school, have this week; both achieved national recognition for their respective sporting disciplines.

De Jager has been selected for the South African U19 Surf Lifesaving Team to compete at the 2017 International Surf Rescue Challenge, hosted by Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and held at Mount Maunganui, Tauranga from Thursday 30th November to Sunday, 3rd December 2017.

The prosperous Grade 12 student will also depart on Monday the 7th of August to represent South Africa at the Commonwealth Festival of Lifesaving, which begins on August the 8th until the 12th at the Kings Park Swimming Complex in Durban.

This will then be tokened as the second national team, each with its own trials, De Jager made this year.  

Dippenaar has, according to the SA Online Database, managed to achieve the number one ranking in the Junior Novice Dressage Equestrian Discipline in the Eastern Cape and eighth in South Africa.

With her horse, ‘Espresso’, Dippenaar has showed an upward trend over the last two years, moving up from second in EC in 2016 (29th in SA) and 12th in EC in 2015 (136th in SA). Her exponentially-rising prowess will certainly be telling in the near future to come, specifically when she heads to Grade 12 at Woodridge next year.

Dressage Equestrian, often coined as 'horse ballet', refers to the path and destination for competitive horse training, with competitions held at all levels, extending from amateur competitions to the Olympic Games, held globally every four years. Dippenaar’s future at this stage certainly does deem bright, not just for the province, but for South Africa too.

Image: Amica de Jager.