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Young Kirkwood Long Jump athlete Candice Booysen in National Competition

By Nceba Dladla - Mar 8, 2019

YOUNG Candice Booysen, of Kirkwood in the Sundays River Valley Local Municipality will represent the Eastern Cape Province in Long Jump in the National Athletics Schools Championships in Germiston in the Gauteng Province from 14-16 April.

An overjoyed Sundays River Valley Municipality Sports Development Officer Simphiwe Nana congratulated the Kirkwood Primary School Grade 7 pupil for overcoming the challenges of the Local Municipality, Sarah Baartman District Municipality and the Provincial athletes to finally find herself facing the national competition.

“Candice is a highly talented kid. She is the pride of her community and province at a tender age of 13 years,” said Nana, adding that he has been communicating with the School Sport Administrators about the school girl’s excellence in sport and that they are also upbeat about the young girl’s prospects.

Candice taking part and succeeding in athletics from a very young age

“As the local municipality we want to congratulate her and wish her well in the national Games in Johannesburg. She must bring home a Gold Medal,” said Nana, adding that he wished the young golden girl would get support from local sponsors and big business to take the sport up and not disappear like many others when they were out of school.

“Our fear is that when she’s no longer at school, say, after matric, she’ll be lost in the sport. If she’s taken up by a sporting body that would harness her talents from this age, Candice could be a sporting star o inspire young girls in our municipality,” said Nana.

Candice’s father Vincent Booysen concurred. He said he has been watching Candice taking part and succeeding in athletics from a very young age. If well nurtured, said Vincent, he thought that Candice could be competing among the best in the world, even winning an Olympics Gold Medal.

The father of four girls, Vincent, popularly known as Caddy told RNews that Candice was his first born child.

“We are happy for Candice’s success. We always encourage her to continue to shine on the field of play. She loves what she does and always want to give her best. I believe we have an Olympic Gold Medallist in the making here,” a proud Caddy said.

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