Cape Recife pupils excel

CAPE Recife pupil Alvino Swanepoel again underlined his potential in the sport of boccia when he won two matches in the Boccia Americas Cup early this month.

Swanepoel, 19, from Grahamstown, is a spastic quadriplegic, but is able to walk independently and has not let his disability prevent him from making an impact in boccia.

From the time boccia was introduced at Cape Recife in 2007, he was identified as a player with potential and has been a member of the Eastern Cape team since 2009.

This year, he was named in the SA team to attend the Americas Cup in Kansas, being accompanied by Cape Recife occupational therapist Sarita Nell, who is also convener of the Eastern Cape boccia organisation.

He competed in the team event and the individual BC2 section in Kansas City, where he won two individual games and lost the third on a tiebreak. In his final game, he came up against 2012 Paralympics gold medalist Maciel Santos, of Brazil, to whom he lost. Nonetheless, Nell said it was a great experience for Swanepoel to play against the best.

CAPE Recife angler Kyle de Vry has continued to excel in his sport, representing EP at the Light Tackle SA angling championships held in PE during the school holidays.

De Vry was also chosen for the EP team for the South African game fishing championships at the same time in Durban, but decided to concentrate on the Light Tackle nationals.

The tournament ended on a high with Kyle and Cyrus Nieuwoudt being part of the overall top boat (961kg).

EP were the overall team winners with a total weight of 1702.6kg and De Vry took the bronze with a personal total of 375kg.

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