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International medals for Ntondini and Cebekhulu
- Updated: October 27, 2010
Soweto paddlers Siseko Ntondini and S’fiso Cebekhulu both reaped rich rewards in an international paddling competition recently.
The two, both members of the Soweto Canoe and Recreation Club (SCARC) ÔÇô represented South Africa in Tunisia for the African Youth Olympics.
Siseko brought home a gold and three silver medals while S’fiso came back with a gold and silver. Both competed in the Under-18 category.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿SCARC is an “upliftment through sport” initiative that is changing lives in Soweto. An officially certified SED programme, the Club was established in 2003 by Brad Fisher – a founding member and current CEO of outdoor media company The ADreach Group.
Today SCARC is one of the major development forces for canoeing in South Africa. ADreach remains a key sponsor of the Club and an avid supporter of its members. ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿Siseko and S’fiso, both from Motsoaledi in Soweto, joined SCARC five years ago. They are just two of many kids whose futures look that much brighter thanks to SCARC, and the amazing contributions made by the club’s dedicated sponsors.
Nkosi Mzolo, Chairman of SCARC, said: ÔÇ£The boys did extremely well. SCARC, its sponsors and their families are very proud of them. It was the first time they competed in another country so far from home ÔÇô I thought they might be nervous and that it might affect their performance ÔÇô but even this challenge did not stop them from giving their absolute best. I am very impressed, and over the moon!ÔÇØ
ADreach ambassador Mike Mbanjwa (2008 Dusi Winner and mentor to SCARC paddlers), also congratulated Siseko and S’fiso on their excellent performance in Tunisia ÔÇô and is very proud of these boys flying South Africa’s flag high.
SCARC’s vision for its members has always looked beyond the water to the creation of an environment where youngsters are equipped with life-changing skills that will see them becoming productive members of society.
For more information on how you can become involved visit www.scarc.co.za or contact Debbie Fietze on 011 341-4200.