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Christ Testimonies: Clarice Le Roux

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Some few months back, after I had first published the Le Roux Sisters, I contacted Nico Le Roux (dad), to thank him for the amazing public reach of his family. The Le Roux sisters jointly reached thousands of people since bringing voice to their journey and stories of inspiration via Heslop Sports. Nico then said something that pricked my interest immediately, he said that one day he would share Clarice’s testimony with me. Below is exactly that. What an honour to publish this amazing “Miracle Child”, during this special Christ Season, when the world stands in awe of the grace of God that brought the Miracle of Christ to mankind for redemption and saving!

Interview: Clarice le Roux

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First Miracle.

When Clarice was about 10 months old we realised that she could not stand, walk or crawl so we took her to the doctor and soon we discovered that Clarice was born with a dislocated hip. (Right leg). Well from there it was faith, doctors and more faith. I was ministering at that time and all we knew was miracles and healings. It came to a stage that we had to trust the doctor also and so we did. At 18 months Clarice was due to go in for a big operation and she would get plaster from her hips to her feet. A friend of mine from Hatfield Christian church came to pray for her and while praying he saw in his spirit that the hip went into position.

I took her for x rays but everything was the same, her right leg was about 5 cm shorter than the left leg. Well the day of the operation arrived and what should have been a 3 to 4 hour operation only turned into 29 minutes, with no operation needed. Our GP came out running and told us before the surgeon wanted to cut he took both legs under sonar and pulled them together to see how much shorter the one leg was, when he did this the hip went into position. So no operation was needed but she had to get the plaster to keep the hip into position. After a few months when the plaster and all came off we took her back to the orthopaedic surgeon and he told us that everything was 98% in order, except the one leg was still about 2 to 3cm shorter. According to him it was normal and Clarice was due to get built up shoes for the rest of her life. When we came home that same day, Ansie and I took her into our small church where we had meetings. I then put Clarice on a chair and pulled her legs together to pray for her one leg to grow. Surprisingly the shorter leg grew so much that it was about 2 cm longer than the left leg. We trusted God for the legs to be even so the other leg aligned 100% and the miracle of this miracle child was there. Both legs was and is the same length until today. What a miracle.

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Second miracle.

When Clarice was about 3 years old (she only started walking at about 2 years and 8 months) we went to my brother’s farm at Thabazimbi with friends on a hunting trip. The Saturday morning we enjoyed a nice breakfast and made the fire on its traditional place on the ground with stone around it nice hard coal wood from the Bushveld. After breakfast I went into the field to hunt. My friend came looking for me and told me Clarice fell into the fire so I rushed back to the chalet. What happened was, she was walking passed the fire where my wife was sitting a few meters away. My wife said it was as if someone had pushed her and so she fell into the fire. When she fell into the coals her first reaction was to push herself up and so she used her right hand to stand up but some coals were still hanging onto the hand and leg.

By the time my wife got it off, the hand was swolen like an adult’s hands and it was just raw flesh no skin and all the nails were off. We rushed her to the doctor about 30 km away. He cleaned her up and gave her stuff for pain so we went straight home to our doctor (who was involved in her hip). When he saw Clarice he said it was 2nd and 3rd degree burn wounds and that she needed to go into theatre so they could clean it and prepare it for skin transplant. When she came out of theatre the doctor said they needed to keep her at the hospital so they could treat her for infection and get the swelling down for the transplant. BUT THE BAD REPORT WAS: her nails was damaged so much it won’t grow and she wouldn’t be able to use any of her fingers because all the muscles were damaged. The leg would have a scar (mark) for the rest of her life…..

I said to my wife if God could heal her hip, He could do this also.  I requested that the doctor discharge her but he initially refused and eventually allowed us to take her and bring her back the next day for further observation. My wife and I felt pressed to pray  for her at home first. That same day my brother phoned (on who’s farm it happened). He said something like, “I pray that Jesus will come and visit Clarice and heal her”….  That night all the bandages were done on her hand and leg and she had her medication in for all the pain and we went to bed. Clarice was sleeping between my wife and I. YOU KNOW WE SERVE A GOD WHO NEVER SLEEPS. The next morning I woke up at about 5h30 to go to the bathroom.  I saw the bandages and tape on the floor and I thought it was a dream or a vision or something but soon realised it wasn’t. She was still sleeping so I took her hand but the bandage was off.  I took the other hand and realised it wasn’t this hand it was the right hand. And the bandage was not on her leg anymore. The hand that was 300% bigger the previous night, was exactly the same as the other hand and the nails were perfect as if someone just cut it. The fingers were normal size with a pink skin over the hand and the leg.

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THEN SHE WOKE UP AND SAID: ” Pappa kyk hier ” and she was bending her fingers normally and just told us what happened “Pappa Jesus het vir my kom kuier, hy het die lappe afgehaal to vat Hy aan my hand en been en sê vir my Clarice jy is nou gesond. Pappa Jesus het deur die deur geloop en die vensters het nie gebreek nie. Toe Hy inkom en toe Hy uitgaan”. [Trans: “Look daddy, I can bend my fingers! Jesus visited me last night, removed my bandages and said ‘now you are healed'”.]

What she meant was that He walked through the windows without breaking it. “Nadat Hy by my was toe loop hy na sussa ( Simone) se kamer toe en kom terug en sê Simone is ok en dat ek lekker moet slaap want ek is gesond. Pappa ek het nie meer eina nie, kyk na my nuwe hand”. [Trans:”After He visited me he went to sissy’s room – Simone, came back and said that she was okay too and that I should have a good sleep because I was healed. Daddy my hand does not hurt any more – I have a new hand”.]

So I asked her what Jesus looked like and she said “I couldn’t see HIS Face, He had a big light in His face (must be the glory)”. Since then she said good morning to Jesus when she sees the sun in the morning, which surely reminds her about the light on His face. There are no scars left on her hand or leg, to show what really happened (only people’s testimonies).

What a God we served. Her testimony was used by a lot of preachers and myself and every time we tell this to people the presence of God is there. Out of this testimony thousands of people accepted the Lord as their Saviour.

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Clarice and I have put this together so you are welcome to ask any question.

I’m calling her my MIRACLE CHILD. She has a special gift and plan of God on her life. Whenever she pray for someone that’s sick they are healed. Jesus touched her life in a special way….

Be Blessed

Clarice and Nico

Interviews: Clarice Le RouxCarmen Le Roux; Carmen and Clarice – Thanksgiving 2015

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Celebrating 1 Year!

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Today we celebrate the 1st birthday of Heslop Sports. Thank you Jesus for your love and blessings! What an amazing year this has been as athletes shared their wonderful stories of hope, inspiration, struggles and victories – WELL DONE YOUNG ATHLETES FOR MAKING YOUR VOICES HEARD! You are indeed world changers and history makers that will leave your mark and legacy of goodness in this world!

THIS IS A SHOUTOUT AND OPEN INVITATION TO ALL AND ANY ATHLETE/ PARENT OF AN ATHLETEWE WOULD LOVE TO SHARE YOUR STORY! PLEASE MAKE CONTACT WITH US here: hi@heslopsports.co.za

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This is the Heslop Sports Touchstone and Mandate:

We have a special passion for UP-AND-COMING YOUNG ATHLETES within various sports disciplines.

Our Aim is to:

  • Give a voice to young athletes.
  • Publish the stories, aspirations, plans, progress, footage, images, stats, CV’s etc of young athletes.
  • Provide a crowd-funding platform allowing athletes to do a shout out for financial and other support into their own and the wider  sport and business community.
  • Gather and share motivational material for athletes.
  • Connect athletes to each other.
  • Promote young athletes.
  • Celebrate and honour athletes.
  • Encourage parents and coaches of young athletes to share their experiences in the sports arena.
  • Ultimately to create a valuable hub of the above information that can be used by athletes, coaches, parents, schools, scouts, sponsors, teams, communities and anybody with a keen interest in top and up-and-coming young athletes. Let’s remember “not to despise the days of small beginnings”.

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Michael Andrew: a Picture Journey

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Bon Courage to Michael who is competing at the FINA  Swimming World Cup 2015 – currently happening in Doha!

It was absolutely wonderful to get so many beautiful images of SWIMMER Michael Andrew from his mom Tina. Thus to honour her time and effort in this and also in the spirit of “waste not want not” – I have decided to do this post consisting mostly of images of Michael Andrew, his early days, family time, special 3 month visit to SA, modeling etc!

Exclusive Up-Close Interview with Michael here: Fresh & Hungry: Michael Andrew

Michael in his 3 stripes.

Michael in his 3 stripes.

Early Days:

Football

Football

December 2009

December 2009

All rounder

All rounder

 

Breakdancing - Spot Michael?

Breakdancing – Spot Michael?

Michael Phelps & Michael

Michael Phelps & Michael

 

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Footballer

Family Time:

Beautiful Andrew Clan

Andrew Clan

 

Michael the Academic: Michael and Michaela doing school work

Michael the Academic: Michael and Michaela doing school work

 

Father and son

Father and son

Special Time in South Africa:

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Precious moment with Grandma

Precious moment with Grandma

Delighted to meet the famous Dr. Tim Noakes

Delighted to meet the famous Dr. Tim Noakes

What an honor! This is one of the things I love the most about my life, its the amazing opportunities I get to meet people like Ms Penny.

Kruger TRIP with Grandma and Grandpa.

Kruger TRIP with Grandma and Grandpa.

Michael's cousins with Chad and Michael

Michael’s cousins with Chad and Michael

Cuzzies connecting

Cuzzies connecting

Cute pic of little Luke with Michael

Cute pic of little Luke with Michael

A day at the beach in SA

A day at the beach in SA

 

Michael the model

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Swimmer Michael

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Espn Photo Shoot

Espn Photo Shoot

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2010 Aquaholic SD State Champions, Michael Andrew, Michaela Andrew, Cole Bergan, Shayle Finnesand and Andrew Bergan. See results.

Engine Headshot (Color) credit Jae Feinberg

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NB – All images were supplied by the athlete to Heslop Sports. If there are any images that are not credited correctly, please email info@heslopsports.co.za with the details and we will gladly do so immediately.

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Meet the Young Athletes: Duné Coetzee

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Today meet one of SA’s top Junior Swimmers Duné Coetzee. She is humble, confident and on her way to the her first international Champs as part of Team SA in Egypt! Well done Duné! She is a well balanced athlete and a true and stunning ambassador of  SA for what youth sports should look like: being a champion in and out of the water! Multi talented and an up coming little artist too, I need not say more because this is her brilliant description of herself ” I am Duné Coetzee – daughter of Jesus Christ and He is the love of my heart and that is the reason why I’m doing so well in life. I have the best family in the entire world. We love each other and our house is filled with love and fun. God blessed me with enormous talents which I use and train for His glory! I am disciplined, goal orientated and nothing will stop me to become the best that I can be. I will always go further than what you expect of me and I will always surprise you. I flourish under pressure and love competition because it brings out the best in me. When others worry and are afraid I’m filled with faith and joy because I know my life isn’t about me but about God. I’m a leader, and by setting an example, I intend to inspire my friends and others with my passion to live life to the fullest”.

Awards received at the 2015 NTS Gala Evening

Awards received at the 2015 NTS Gala Evening

Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Duné Coetzee
Nick Name Dune
Date of birth 14 May 2002
Place of birth Pretoria
Current City Pretoria
Height 1.69m
Weight 47 kg
Shoe Size 5
Club Tuks
Coach’s Name Linda De Jager
Out of Country events/ meets None yet. Selected for Junior Africa Championships taking place in Egypt from 17 to 20 October 2015
Secondary Sport/ sports Netball until recently – from now on going forward I will only focus on swimming
Favorite City Pretoria
Favorite Song/ type of music Pop and Afrikaans music (Heuwels Fantasies, Karen Zoid and Francois van Coke)
Favorite Movie Divergent and Insurgent
School & Grade Laerskool Anton van Wouw, Grade 7
Sponsors Speedo/HPC
Twitter and Instagram names Instagram :@dunecoetzee

Twitter : @Coetzee_dune

Briefly describe yourself as a person. See Introduction Above
Rebecca Meder and Trisha Pollicutte with me on the podium for 50 Fly

Rebecca Meder and Trisha Pollicutte with me on the podium for 50 Fly

INTERVIEW:

Q: Who are you, what sport or sports are you passionate about, and in what year were you born?

I am Duné Coetzee and was born in 2002. I’m passionate about swimming. I love most sports and love to watch and support, but my main passion is swimming.

Q: At what age did you start swimming and why?

I started swimming when I was a baby so that I could become water safe. At school I started swimming in galas when I was 7 years old. When I was 9 years old my parents decided I should join a club because I showed some natural ability. I enjoyed swimming ever since!

Q: Would you like to share some highlights about your own sports events so far?

My biggest highlight was at this year’s Level 3 National Championships in Port Elizabeth where I had some major personal successes.

I had a huge battle with Rebecca Meder from Western Province in the 200 meter Freestyle where we both dipped under the South African National Age Group record she had set just a month earlier. She out touched me by 0.09 split seconds which was hard to swallow as it would have been my first SA record. Before the race I dedicated the swim to my aunt who passed away a month earlier from cancer. I really wanted to win it for her! I knew it would be hard to beat Rebecca as she was the record holder and I was almost 6 seconds off her pace going into the race. But I decided to dedicate the hardest event for me to win to my aunt. She would have been extremely proud to see me battle it out with Rebecca!

Fortunately I managed to break two more SA records in the 100 meter Freestyle and 50 meter Butterfly events. I also just fell short of the 100 meter Butterfly record which was a bit disappointing but, considering everything, was still a huge accomplishment for me personally.

I qualified for the SA Short Course championships where I swam in finals with some of South Africa’s major senior swimmers like Karin Prinsloo, Rene Warnes and Vanessa Mohr.

Medaling with big names such as Karin Prinsloo and Marlies Ross at SA Short Course

Medaling with big names such as Karin Prinsloo and Marlies Ross at SA Short Course

Q: If you were not going to be involved in swimming, what sport do you think you would be involved in?

I would have loved to play tennis. I just haven’t ever done it, so I have no way of knowing whether I’d be any good. But seeing how competitive the game is, I’m sure I would have loved it.

Q: Tell me a little bit about your home and school life?

I’ve got a sister Lise who also swims and whom I love very much. I can’t wait for her to also develop into the swimmer she can be. It is a dream for both of us to represent South Africa at international level one day. My mom and dad work very hard to make our dreams come true. For this I’m very thankful.

I’m in grade 7 in Laerskool Anton van Wouw. I’m really privileged to be in one of the best schools in Pretoria! Our school has won the Inter-Schools swimming competition for 10 years in a row. This year I hope to lead them to an eleventh title.

Q: How do you manage to fit in both sports and academics into your schedule?

To swim at the level I dream of takes a huge amount of discipline. So the foundation for being disciplined has been laid since I was very young. This makes it easier to handle all the other commitments like school work around my swimming schedule. I use every available moment before I start training after school to do my homework. After practice I sit and study or finishing up homework till late in the evening. Weekends are also the ideal time to catch up on homework when I’m behind.

Q: Tell me about what you like to do to relax?

Lie around doing nothing and listening to music – I love it!! Eating whatever I see when I come home from practice. Chatting with my friends on Whatsapp and social media.

Meeting Elvis Blue at his concert after first swimming an NTS Age Group Gala

Meeting Elvis Blue at his concert after first swimming an NTS Age Group Gala

Q: What is your favorite food? And who must cook it?

That’s easy – Lasagne cooked by my mom, Monica Coetzee.

Q: Who is your sports hero?  What have you learned from him / her?

Missy Franklin especially after her 5 medals at the 2012 Olympics and more recently Katie Ledecky after her 5 medals at the World Champs in 2015.

From Ledecky I’ve learned that there really is no limit on what you can achieve. She is a true inspiration for me to try my best every time I race.

I watched Missy’s movie – Touch the Wall. There is a heap of stuff I’m learning from her in the movie. I’m so glad she made the movie!

And locally my hero is Karin Prinsloo. I had the privilege to meet Karin after she returned from London Olympics in 2012. At the time I was just in awe of her and the rest of the team. Little did I know that our paths would cross two years later. I’m a lucky girl to get to know her and to train in the same pool as she does every day!

Joining Karin for sponsor duty

Joining Karin for sponsor duty

Q: Name one person who made a difference in your life and why?

I can’t pick one – My parents, mom and dad. They believe in me more than anyone in this world and I feel like I’m supported more than any other swimmer I know.

Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream the further you’ll go. – Michael Phelps

Q: What is your favourite Bible Verse?

Romains 8: 37 – 39.

  1. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
  2. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
  3. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Q: You are mentored by one of SA’s top swimmers and Olympian, Karin Prinsloo. What has this done for your swimming and the way you see life as an athlete and life in general?

Firstly, I want to thank Karin for agreeing to work with me. It is a huge privilege and something I can’t easily repay. I’ve been working with Karin for almost a year now. She is an amazing person and I hope that when I grow up people will look up to me like I do to her. For me she is a prime example of a daughter of Christ. I can’t wait to grow up and hopefully become just like the person she is, humble and faithful.

From a swimming perspective, she teaches me all the things that don’t get taught in the water. For me this is just as important as it is to practice my swimming. She has a lot of experience gained throughout her career and transferring this to me helps me to be prepared for most things that will come my way. I look forward to keep on working with her and I know she will help me a lot.

Karin and I being interviewed by Speedo

Karin and I being interviewed by Speedo

Q: At this point and time – what do you love most about your life in general?

Being a child in my parents’ house with all the blessings which I receive daily.

Q: For the rest of the year ahead, what are you looking forward to the most concerning your swimming?

I have been fortunate to be selected for the Junior African Championships in Cairo, Egypt from 17 to 20 October 2015. This will be my first international competition representing South Africa which is a huge honor for me and for which I’m training very hard.

Q: Anything else you would like to share?

I love drawing and would love to develop my art skills when I’m in high school next year. I have been accepted by Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool Pretoria (Affies) – something I’m very proud off and looking forward to.

I’ve also trained with Dominique Donner during holidays at the coast. She is a great coach for the Seals club in Ballito and I’ve made many friends in her club – they are a cool bunch of swimmers!

Oh – and I have the best coach in the world – Linda De Jager!

My other passion - drawing

My other passion – drawing

Training at Thompsons bay with Dominique Donner

Training at Thompsons bay with Dominique Donner

Getting to practice with Penny's medals!

Getting to practice with Penny’s medals!

My sister and I with Karin returning from London 2012

My sister and I with Karin returning from London 2012

Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following your journey as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

Africa Faith Home Interviews Namibian Swimming Sports Swimming

Up-Close with Daniela Lindemeier

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Namibian swim sensation, Daniela Lindemeier is a dedicated and humble athlete working daily towards her dream for Rio Olympics 2016. With many accolades behind her name like Junior Sports Woman of the year 2010, multiple Namibian record holder and medalist who just recently took her country’s first medal at the African Games in Brazzaville, in Bronze for her breaststroke.

She comes across shy if you do not know her and is one who stands firm for what she believes in. A little bit of a perfectionist, but that usually goes with determination, self- discipline and ultimately success in life. She says about herself, “If I decide to do something I will give 100%. I am a Christian and always believe that at the end of the day you can only be the best you can be, give everything 100%, the rest is in God’s hands.

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Name & Surname Daniela Lindemeier 
Nick name Dani
Date of Birth 3 July 1992
Place of Birth Windhoek (Namibia)
Current City Windhoek
Height 1.59m
Weight 53kg
Shoe size 5
Club Namib Swim Academy
Coach’s Ryan Skinner
Biokenetics and Gym coach Stephan Ackerman
Out of Country events Various World Championships

All Africa Games (2011 Maputo & 2015 Brazzaville)

Under 21 Games Zone6,

Cana Zone 3&4

Favorite City Hamburg
Favorite Song/type of music No particular type – listen to all types of music
Favorite Movie / Series One tree Hill & Pretty Little Liars

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INTERVIEW:

Q: You are passionate and doing so well in your swimming, tell me a little bit about how you started and your journey in the swimming arena up to now? 

My mom took me to swimming lessons (water safety first) as a child as I always loved the water. When at the beach or any big bodies of water I used to run towards. My uncle used to be a swimmer from a young age I looked up to him and I would like to achieve what he has one day.

Q: What is the highest accolade you have received in swimming and what is your personal greatest accomplishment? 

The Commonwealth Youth Games in 2008 (Pune) making two finals in the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Personally having qualified for the World Championships in Russia, making the Fina B World Championship qualification times in the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Q: Do you have any specific regimens or rituals?

I wouldn’t say dieting, eating healthy.  The night before I race I love to have pasta.

At a meet from the point of getting out of the car I always have earphones in listening to music till I race. I am very quiet at meets I usually only talk to my mom or my coach.

Q: You have traveled outside Namibia before, where did you go and how did you experience it? 

It’s always a great experience I always learn something new seeing big name international swimmers race, there’s always something to learn. Outside the swimming arena it’s always great to experience different cultures.

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Q: How do you fit in both sports and academics into your schedule? 

Right now I am not studying,  taking a break/gap, proceeding in 2017. Right now in between training I am working as a Lean to swim coach.

Q: Besides your swimming what do you have passion for? 

Animals, I especially love dogs. Seeing animals that are not being looked after is the worst to me. I try and help where I can. We have two dogs and a cat at home. The one dog who is mine I adopted her from the SPCA, she has the sweetest character.

Q: Tell me one thing about yourself that the world does not know about you? 

I am terrified of dying by drowning.

Q: What do you do to relax? 

Talking to friends, catching up. Watching series and shopping.

Q: What athlete inspires you? 

Rebecca Soni – the first woman to ever go under 2min20sec for 200m breaststroke long course and wining Gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games in the 200m breaststroke.

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Q: What is your personal favorite quote? 

“They can’t measure heart, Any of it, Heart, Want, Need. You cannot measure a Dream!”

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given? 

Never give up. God wouldn’t put you in a position you cannot handle.

Q: What is your biggest challenge and what do u do to manage this challenge? 

My biggest challenge would be mentally. Not to overthink stress before racing at a big meet. Staying positive and believing.

Q: When you had a tough day, what lifts you up again? 

My dog always seems to be able to put a smile on my face.

Q: What is to be expected next from you? 

I am taking part at the All African Games in Congo.

Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. Blessings!

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Africa Faith Home Interviews Proudly South African Sports Swimming

Fresh & Hungry – Clarice Le Roux

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Clarice Le Roux, SA Swimming champion, specialising in 5 & 10 km Open Water Races, just recently made SA swimming history along with her sister Carmen when they both qualified to represent SA in Russia for the FINA World Open Water Championships in July. This was not her first international appearance as she had proudly been part of Team SA before.

Clarice is a humble, family loving, dedicated young swimmer who has overcome a lot in life with medical challenges, but one who has still managed to rise to the top and swim For His Glory!

She has been home schooled by the wonderful A.C.E. system and even up to this day many a swimming record still sits against her name SACSSA. She is a powerful rising star, and one to keep an eye on. This is not overnight as Clarice has a long history of excellence behind her. In 2011 at the age of 15 she was named by SACSSA – Southern African Christian Schools Sports Association as the Best Swimmer and Netball player as well as Senior Sportswoman of the year. She acts as loving mentor and advisor to her younger sister, Carmen who is also a swimming champion of note.

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Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Clarice Le Roux
Nick Name  Lie Lie
Date of birth 6 Aug 1996
Place of birth Vereeniging
Current City Durban
Height 162
Weight 55
Shoe Size 4
Club Action Swimming Academy
Coach’s Name Alisdair Hatfield
Out of Country events/ meets 2013 Fina World champs open water 2015 Fina World champs open water
Favorite City Durban
Favorite Song/ type of music Hold back the river-James bay
Favorite Movie A walk to Remember
School & Grade 12
Sponsors Speedo and Peptosport
Twitter and Instagram names, facebook name @Clariceleroux4 , Clarice Le Roux
Parents Names Ansie (Mom) and Nico (Dad)

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INTERVIEW:

Q: You are passionate and doing so well in your swimming, tell me a little bit about how you started in swimming and your journey in the swimming arena up to now?

I started learning how to swim when I was 3 years old for water safety. Then I started swimming competitively when I was 7 years old. My family is very active and we all share the love of sports. Swimming has always been an enjoyable sport for me.

Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in swimming  and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment would be when I made Fina World Champs in 2013. It was one of those things in my life that I will never forget. I was only 16 and did not expect to make it.

This year making 2015 Fina world champs, it was a great experience!

Q: What are your highlights of these travels, and what does travelling do for your mindset/ perspective on things?

Travelling is one of the treats that come with racing internationally. I love traveling and like exploring new people and places. Seeing other competitors is eye opener and helps me to see how hard I must train.

Q: Represented Team SA, where did you go and how did you experience it?

I went to Barcelona, it was a beautiful place and landscape. It was the first time I traveled and it was even more than I expected.  I also went to Russia this year and it was much different there than what is in South Africa. The people there have a much different culture.

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Q: Do you have any specific regimens or rituals in swimming? Maybe a particular diet / training method that can be partially attributed to your success?

My diet is very important to me and eating right. Training is one of those disciplines that you have to commit to and do every day and put effort in.

Q: How do you manage to fit in both sports and academics  into your schedule?

I’ve been doing Homeschool since grade 9 and it has really helped me to do both the best I can.

Q: Beside your swimming what do you have a passion for?

I have a passion for people and would love to be a physiotherapist one day. I also enjoy my family and we are very close.

Q: Tell me one thing about yourself that the world does not know ?

 I’m very hard on myself and strive to reach my goals.

Q: Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey and how it has affected your life / sports?

In our family our faith is very important to us and it is the one thing that we share as a family. Faith in sports is very important, especially to me , because I didn’t even think it will be possible to do sport when I was younger. I was born with a dislocated hip and it was a miracle for me even to do any sport. I am very blessed and fortunate to have parents who were an example of faith. They continue believing in me and helped me in my journey and faith.

Q: What do you do to relax?

I love going to the movies and going out with my family.

Q: Which athlete/ athletes inspire you?

Keri-Anne Payne is my role model and I look up to her. She is a very good open water swimmer and she never gives up.

Karen Prinsloo is such a role model in swimming but also in showing her faith. She is the best female swimmer in South Africa.

Chad Ho is a very good open water swimmer, the best South Africa has had.

Q: What is your personal  favourite motivational quote?

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me!

Philippians 4;13     – My mom used to say this verse to us when we were small and it has been a great motivation in my life.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Never give up! and Swim your own race!

Q: What is  your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

My challenge is to keep motivating myself in swimming and my faith is my biggest help.

Q: When youve had a tough / bad day, what lifts you up again?

My family is always there to motivate me and help me get through anything.

Q: Whats to be expected next from Clarice?

I will be training hard and doing my best at competitions and hoping to be swimming internationally soon!

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Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your sports and academic journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

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Fresh & Hungry – Rivaldo Roberts

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Today I am honoured to write about this special “homie” of mine, the Fresh & Hungry, 19 year old Rivaldo E. Roberts. This motivated, determined and hardworking Athletics Hurdles Champion is one to watch for, with his speed, agility positive mindset. The latter is a definite recipe for success – I see a bright and successful future ahead for him.

His beginnings in the sport was a bit stormy, to the point of him falling back on his swimming and rugby at that time. He was “home coached by his mom” in athletics in his early development years – a salute you mommy! But, when the Athletics Hurdle champion streak kicked in, it kicked in with full force and intention. And here he is today, excelling and having had the honour to represent SA at various Youth Champs around the world. He is a grounded young man who believes his Faith in “the Big Man” is paramount to his success.

He has this to say about himself : “I’m a kind, friendly and a happy person. Hardworking and dedicated. Optimistic and a big dreamer”.

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Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Rivaldo Roberts
Nick Name Rivi
Date of birth 27/04/1996
Place of birth Pretoria
Current City Pretoria
Height 1.79m
Weight 75kg
Shoe Size 9
Club Tuks Athletics
Coach’s Name Irma Reyneke
Out of Country events/ meets World Youth Championships Ukraine 2013.Region 5 Games Zimbabwe 2014.African Junior Championships Ethiopia 2015
Secondary Sport/ sports None unless paintball counts
Favorite City Sabie not really a city but a gorgeous place. Only been there once though
Favorite Song/ type of music I listen to everything even the oldies
Favorite Movie Mcfarland USA and lone survivor
School & Grade Die Hoërskool Menlopark class of 2014
Tertiary Inst Name/ Year University of Pretoria 1st year
Tertiary degree/ diploma Hcert sport science
Sponsors Semi sponsored by PVM
Twitter and Instagram, Facebook Twitter – Rivaldo400hInstagram – Rivaldo400Facebook – Rivaldo Egan Roberts
Parents Names, siblings Keith Roberts (DAD)Beulah Roberts (MOM)Vadin Roberts(BROTHER)
Very briefly describe yourself as a person. I’m a kind, friendly and a happy person. Hardworking and dedicated. Optimistic and a big dreamer.

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INTERVIEW:

Q: You are passionate and doing so well in your ­­­­­­­­athletics, tell me a little bit about how you started in athletics and your journey in the athletics arena up to now?

I’ve always been one to love sport since I was a child. The Olympic Games and especially the hurdle events fascinated me a lot. I use to run in primary school and didn’t train as much. Just a few runs here and there and mommy was the coach. I came from a small primary school of about 500 kids at that time. In high school grade 8 I didn’t make the track team, was too slow, I remember I ran the grade 8 meet and ran a 13.1 seconds on a 100m flat. So that didn’t work out, I went on and played rugby and did swimming. The following year I just felt like warming up over hurdles and I just felt so comfortable and was surprised because the last time I ran over a hurdle before that was grade 7. My then coach, Hanno Roux , saw me and told me  Monday he wants to see me at training.

Went on and ran inter house short hurdles and was ahead of the field, but stumbled on hurdle 6 and race was lost. But there I knew I had potential. I ran that season in older age groups because of the lack of seniors and no place for me in my age group. I did everything from long jump to hurdles and found love in the hurdles.  That year I met my other coach Riana Raath. She and Mr Roux worked together to make me the athlete I am today.  I was not privately coached; they were part of the school coaching staff and geography teachers. The next year I had a good season because I could actually make the school team in my own age group.

AGN champs came and I didn’t do well at all. Not in terms of time because I ran a personal best (14.9) in the 110m hurdles but in terms of position and I was devastated, went on and played rugby  again and then I decided “next year I’m going to the world youth champs”. I trained very hard. Harder than anyone, but with hard training came risks. I was not strong yet and didn’t gym and that took a toll on my body.

We had a meet one day and I was feeling my back but ran anyway. The next day we went to the gym for some stability work. That day my back got injured badly. I was out of training but still I was hardheaded and competed in meets and went to a training camp. Until that back pain put me out for two weeks .

When  I came back it was fine and I did speed and it went again. I cried, I asked my Mom why does it happen to me. One day I was angry and frustrated and I just ran! Ran all the way to a personal best of 14.4, the week I ran that personal best everything just came together in training. And again the week after that two personal bests in 3 days 14.28 and 14.18.

AGN champs came and I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy coming second. That day I ran a 13.91 world youth qualifying time. Nationals I was not the favourite but felt a lot of pressure for some reason. That day I didn’t see hurdles, I just saw white and that was it. The gun went off and I exploded out of the blocks just running. The 8th hurdle I realized I was ahead and I’m going to win. And I won my first Nationals, a new PB of 13.84.

World youth champs came and I didn’t do so well, I came last in my heat, but that was the best thing that happened to me because after that I was even more determined. I ran 3 PB’s after worlds, 13.7, 13.69 and 13.67.

January came and I was feeling good over the higher hurdles. Had a very consistent season that year and ended in a time of 13.96 just missing out on world juniors qualifying of 13.91. That year I received a letter that I’ve been included in the team for the region 5 games in Zimbabwe in December.  I won the region 5 games In a time of 13.97 which was not bad considering it was preseason.

In 2015 my season was a bit like a rollercoaster, my times were very slow and I didn’t feel good and then I pulled my hamstring 2 weeks prior to African juniors. I was very worried. I rested a week, did rehab a week and in my rehab week I raced and ran a 13.93 and I knew it was a sign that I just needed rest.

African junior champs I ran 13.66 in the heats and thought to myself I could break the SA record. Finals came and nothing went right, didn’t warm up because we had a medal ceremony for the relay and the wind was 3.4 from the front. I ended in 4th and got upgraded to 3rd because of a disqualification. After Africans my body was very tired. I asked my coach for a few days off. Nationals came and I won in a time of 14.06.

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Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in athletics and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

World youth championships and my greatest personal accomplishment is 95% of the goals I set, I’ve reached.

Q: You have travelled outside SA before, what are you highlights of these travels, and what does travelling do for your mindset/ perspective on things?

The highlights are definitely experiencing the other cultures. Experiencing diversity. Travelling definitely makes me appreciate what I have and appreciate the opportunities to see other places and makes me work harder so I can travel again.

 

Q: You have represented Team SA for athletics before, where did you go and how did you experience it?

2013 – I went to Donetsk, Ukraine and I loved it. All the countries and the whole vibe was just amazing.

2014 – I went to Zimbabwe and that was really fun. We actually said that we would go there on a training camp someday.

2015 – I went to Ethiopia it was very nice and seeing the lifestyle of the people there I rally started to appreciate what I have more.

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Q: How do you manage to fit in both sports and academics / work into your schedule?

Really hard work and time management. In varsity it’s a bit harder and I’m still learning to balance out between the two.

 

Q: Do you have any specific regimens or rituals in athletics? Maybe a particular diet / training method that can be partially attributed to your success?

YouTube. I watch a lot of motivational videos. I don’t have written diet but I get in what I need.

 

Q: Beside your ­­­­­­­­athletics what do you have a passion for?

Fishing and paintball.

 

Q: Tell me one thing about yourself that the world does not know?

I’m not actually sure. I’m a pretty straight forward guy and everybody knows pretty much everything about me.  But I’m probably the world’s slowest dresser, haha.

 

Q: Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey and how it has affected your life / sports?

It’s very important to have faith and keep on believing in yourself and in the big man. If I never had faith I would’ve never achieved what I did today.

 

Q: What do you do to relax?

Paintball and fishing but xbox is the best way to relax in my opinion.

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Q: Which athlete / athletes inspire you?

LJ van Zyl, Wenda Nel, Kurt Couto and these athletes are all in my training group. Their hard work and dedication is amazing and what they’ve achieved is just incredible.

I also look up to Felix Sanchez, Michael Tinsley, Ed Moses and John Akii-Bua.

Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

A great moment is better than a great dream. Anyone can have that dream but you create the moment.

Q: What is your favourite Bible / Scripture quote?

Proverbs 16:3 “commit all your activities to the Lord and your plans will be achieved”

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Don’t feel sorry for yourself.

Q: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

Managing academics and sport. I’m still learning to manage it but it’s extremely hard but I’ll get it right

Q: When you’ve had a tough / bad day, what lifts you up again?

Sleep cures all. Oh and xbox or a killer session.

Q: I’m sure you have many things going on right now, what’s to be expected next from Rivaldo?

Well you never know what the future holds. My Olympic aim is 2020, but if God decides I can also make Rio 2016 I will be blessed. Obviously I’ll also be aiming for Worlds 2017, Commonwealth 2018 and Worlds 2019 in prep for Tokyo 2020. But the main thing is I’m just going to enjoy track and keep on trying to run fast.

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Thank you Rivaldo for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

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Up-Close with Adri Visser

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Adri Visser, SA Swimming Olympian, motivational speaker, NWU Potch graduate is just such an inspiration in sport and in life. She exudes such joie de vivre, such contagious positivity, and so much faith. Humble in greatness, she has a deep passion for people with disabilities and those facing huge challenges in life. Adri’s life story so beautifully reflects how one person can do so much with so little – Grace indeed!

Adri was born disabled, caused by the fact that her mom contracted German measles while pregnant. Adri is a woman who knows hardship, rejection and pain, all too well, and yet has managed to rise all the way to the top.

For now she has her eyes set on Rio Olympics 2016, with the intention to “retire” from competitive sport after that, but continue her career in Biokinetics. She wants to be involved in patient rehabilitation. “I think that being disabled myself I would be able to help, inspire and motivate them to achieve so much more in their physical lives than what they would have ever thought would be possible, to go beyond their wildest expectations and feel “free” in their bodies and improve their quality of life. “If I could do it, so can you””.

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Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Adri Ilaine Visser
Nick Name Adri or Nemo
Date of birth 19 Feb 1988
Place of birth Benoni, Gauteng
Current City Potchefstroom
Height Not sure, maybe 1.42 m
Weight 54 kg
Shoe Size 5
Club St’ Andrews Dragons
Coach’s Name Marike van Oort and Theo Verster
Out of Country events/ meets Check my cv attached.
Secondary Sport/ sports I like watching rugby
Favorite City Cape Town
Favorite Song/ type of music Katy Perry Unconditionally Chris Tomlin Sovereign
Favorite Movie Ice Castle and Lying to be perfect.
School & Grade Hoërskool Birchleigh, Class of 2006
Tertiary Inst Name/ Year North-West University Potchefstroom, Graduated 2014
Tertiary degree/ diploma Sport Science Diploma, 2009 to 2011BA Human Movement Science and Psychology, 2012 to 2014
Parents Names, siblings Petro Marais (Mother)53Jolanie Mauer (Sister)31Ilza Visser (Sister)29
Very briefly describe yourself as a person. I see myself as a very positive person whom knows who I am and what I want out of life.  My relationship with God is the center of my existence & the rock in my life.  Every friendship I’m  blessed to have and means so much to me.

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INTERVIEW:

You are an Olympian, one of SA’s top swimmers, passionate and doing so well in your ­­­­­­­swimming, tell me a little bit about how you started in swimming and your journey in the swimming arena up to now?

I started swimming in October 2001 when my primary school asked if anyone would be interested in swimming, I didn’t have any sport at that time and felt like trying something new.  I swam my first gala in Germiston a month later and my first SASAPD Nedbank Champs in March 2002.  I really began to love swimming and so it grew into a passion and my dream was born to become a Paralympic swimmer with records behind my name.

What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in swimming and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

It would definitely be representing my country at the Beijing Paralympic Games 2008 coming 9th in the 100m Breaststroke SB4.  My greatest personal accomplishment would be my 2 Africa Records with 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal at the Pan Pacific Champs USA last year and this year at the IPC World Champs 2 new Africa Records and a Rio 2016 50m Butterfly MQS Qualifying time.  Academically it would be finishing my BA Degree in Human Movement Science and Psychology last year. 

Do you have any specific regimens or rituals in swimming? Maybe a particular diet / training method that can be partially attributed to your success?

Before I race in any competition I pray that God would give me His strength and let His will be done.  When I’m very nervous before an event I sing gospel songs that calm me down and give me confidence.  I like eating so perhaps before races I will carbo-load with yummie pasta. With training, I try to follow my coach’s programs to the best of my ability and so she will make sure that I taper at the exact right time.

You have travelled outside SA before, what are you highlights of these travels, and what does travelling do for your mindset/ perspective on things?

I think I absolutely love going to the landmarks of each country like The Great Wall of China which makes every country so special.  Having a look at old buildings and places like its roots & cultures.  We are so busy with the swimming that we don’t always have time to explore the countries we get to go to.  I feel so thankful for the opportunity to represent SA internationally so I strive to always give my best by swimming my heart out and embracing every opportunity.  My mindset is focused and very optimistic.

How do you manage to fit in sports and academics and family into your schedule?

I think it’s all about setting priorities which changes with every season, test and competition but it doesn’t matter how hectic things are –making time for friends and family is of utmost importance to me.

Besides your swimming what do you have a passion for?

I love being a motivational speaker, inspiring and uplifting other people’s spirits; life and hearts is what it’s all about.  To get them to stand up in the people God has made them to be, to find that purpose in life, to follow their dreams and reach for the stars.  Have a look at my ambassador section in my cv.  I love being a part of the community.

Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey and how it has affected your life / sports?

I believe that everything in life happens for a reason, the good and bad times -happen so that God can mould and shape you into the strong & amazing person whom you are meant to be.  How can you help someone and show sympathy when you yourself haven’t experienced anything like it or similar in your own life?  Having faith in the unknown future is so valuable, believing that God only has great plans in my life (Jeremiah 29:11) and gives me strength to do all thing (Phill. 4:13) is what drives me.  My comfort is that by His Grace I am saved, He will never leave nor forsake me.  I’m His beloved daughter.

What do you do to relax?

I’m a series girl, like watching different series like: the mentalist, grey’s anatomy, vampire diaries, suits, arrow, the flash, game of thrones and once upon a time.

Which athlete/ athletes inspire you?

Natalie du Toit

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What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

Always Have Faith!!!

What is your favourite Bible / Scripture quote?

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. Phill.4:13

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

“Adri, jy is ‘n fantastiese persoon.  Moet nooit verander om by enige iemand in te pas nie”.

Living away from home / travelling extensively is a sacrifice, in this situation, what does it feel like?  What grounds you and what becomes your touchstone to remind you that the sacrifice is worth it?

Yes things can be extensive sometimes, but I choose not to see things as a sacrifice because I get to do what I love every day.  By living every day to the fullest is what’s really important; keeping my faith and eyes upon my dreams is what drives me.

What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

It’s true that I have a big physical disability and that is a bit shocking to people I come into contact with that doesn’t really know me, they tend to feel sorry for me or underestimate my capabilities but I can just imagine their thoughts –so I strive to show them just what I can do and prove them wrong.  I’m a social person who will stand up for myself and won’t say no to a challenge.

When an athlete hits some “hard / difficult patch in their sports career, what goes through your mind at that time? What advice can you give other young athletes in this regard?

Yes, the road to success or reaching your dreams comes with a lot of hard work, difficult times with some disappointments.  But in those times it’s important to remember all the great times too.  I qualified and had great times for the London 2012 Paralympics but unfortunately I wasn’t chosen to represent S.A.  It was one of the hardest times in my life, I couldn’t get into the pool without crying and felt broken and worthless.  Looking back finds me thankful because that’s where my relationship with God became so much stronger and my identity of being just Adri was what I needed to explore without swimming.  Swimming doesn’t define me; it’s just a small thing of who I am.  God healed my heart and so my love & passion for swimming sparked again, helping me to swim and compete again.  I’m stronger than ever, swimming personal best times and now I pursue other thing that’s of value to me so much more than before.  It’s not about how hard you fall but rather how fast you stand up.  Never ever back down!!!!!!

When you’ve had a tough / bad day, what lifts you up again?

Hanging out with friends and talking to God about it.

I’m sure you have many things going on right now, what’s to be expected next from you?

As you will see my next goal will be the competing in Rio 2016 but more importantly is being accepted in the Honours Program in Biokinetics at the university. 

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Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

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Book Review – GH&H – Hosea Ramphekwa

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When I first met this fresh and hungry young Proudly South African, author, sports journalist and motivational speaker, I was amazed by his passion, fire and determination to be a world changer and history maker for the glory of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This book by Hosea Ramphekwa “Gifted Hunted & Haunted”, is brilliantly written and such a motivation, especially for our youth in general and our young athletes.

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The book really spoke to me on so many different levels. It is an inspiration with a firm challenge for all of us to step into our rightful place as talented, gifted children of God. It explores why gifted and people feel burdened and overwhelmed at times and provide solutions to overcome these and live life to the fullest, as conquerors and victors.

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Ramphekwa truly finds a fresh and youthful ways to visit old topics. He has such an ease and conversational tone with which he connects to the readers that once you start reading you just want to finish.

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Below are just some of the gems of wisdom that this young author puts out for us in this stirring book:

“Interestingly, as much as the evil one does his best to mess up many gifted people, the Giver of Gifts is also doing His best to ensure that His plans and purposes continue unabated”.

On disciplining our children “the ministry of rod and prayer worked wonders”.

Parents ought to “pray and prophesy over your children and their destiny. Decorate their future with blissful and blessed declarations”.

“Fear makes you run from something that is not after you”.

“Gifted people need to work extra hard on their gifts in order to excel”.

“We have a society that is lazy to read, that’s why libraries are not as packed at clubs”.

“Sometimes you need people to despise you so that you can always strive to do better and prove them wrong……Keep every stone critics thow at you – you will need them to lay a foundation”.

“God gave you the gifts to serve your generation and beyond”.

“There is no need to fear the enemy. God will protect his gifted folk….God’s desire is to give life. John 10:10 says, I have come that they may have life, and that they have it more abundantly”.

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To get hold of the book or the author:

What others have said about the book here.

Hosea Ramphekwa

Mobile: 072502 6727

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Skype: Hosea Phaegane Ramphekwa

Facebook: Hosea Ramhekwa

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Website: www.hosearamphekwa.co.za

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Fresh & Hungry: Carla Johnson

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Carla See Jay Johnson is one brave and determined champion of steel. This LONG JUMP ATHLETE, is on a mission to succeed even against the odds. A true inspiration to our youth, she has this to say about her challenges “I have groomed my mind to not dwell on what I don’t have. It’s no longer about what I have. It’s about what I can do with what I have, so I let my legs do what they can”.

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…… It’s about what I can do with what I have, so I let my legs do what they can”.

This 18 year old has a list of wonderful Club, Provincial, South African and African Youth accomplishments under her belt. Her excellent performances in HEPTATHLON has earned her quite a bit of time in the lime light. Sports excellence runs in her blood having been preceded by her champion brothers. In her hometown community in Cape Town,  they are known as the “Steenberg Sprinters”.

“Athletics is her passion and a vehicle she uses to showcase to others that living on the streets doing drugs, alcohol, gangsterism etc. is not the end all and be all of life”. (www.kidz141project.co.za)

See Jay, has this to say about herself  “I’m a very humble and down to earth person. I love the colour purple. I love eating pasta…my favourite type of music is Gospel…I’m a Jesus freak and I love watching series when I’ve got my free time”.

All the best Cala as you pursue you ultimate Olympic dream!

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INTERVIEW:

You are passionate and doing so well in your ­­­­­­­athletics tell me a little bit about how you started in athletics?

I started when I was 8 years old, but before I actually started I was inspired by my brothers who did athletics in their schooling years. I really started liking it and got a passion and a desire to do what they did. From the age of 8 years old I’ve been making Western Province and Western Cape teams. I really enjoyed doing it because I did it to improve myself and to make my family proud, most of all did it for God. During high school I continued my journey of making Western Province and Western Cape teams and in grade 10 I made the South African team for the very first time but I was too young to go. In grade 11 I made the SA team again for the long jump. I went to the African Youth Games and got silver in the long jump in Botswana. I was selected to go to the USA World Juniors Champs, and I was only 17 years old competing against 19 year olds! Due to getting injured in USA, I couldn’t go further with my long jump due to damaged ligaments and tendons. This year I went to Ethiopia for the African Junior Games and got another silver for long jump.

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What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in athletics and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

My highest accolade was when I went to the World Junior Champs in the USA for the long jump and Ethiopia where I competed against the Commonwealth winner, and still got a silver medal. My greatest accomplishment still remains making Team SA and representing my country for the above meets. Now I’m reaching for much higher.

My highest accolade was when I went to the World Junior Champs in the USA for the long jump and Ethiopia where I competed against the Commonwealth winner, and still got a silver medal.

My highest accolade was when I went to the World Junior Champs in the USA for the long jump and Ethiopia where I competed against the Commonwealth winner, and still got a silver medal.

Do you have any specific regimens or rituals? Maybe a particular diet / training method that can be partially attributed to your success?

I’ve got no particular diet I just have to go with what there is to eat in the house.

You have travelled outside SA before, what are you highlights of these travels, and what does travelling do for your mindset/ perspective on things?

Travelling put me in many different environments, and that made me even want to train much harder. Travelling always reminds me that it does not matter where you are in the world, that you should still continue to do your best and never doubt yourself no matter where you are.

Travelling put me in many different environments, and that made me even want to train much harder.

Travelling put me in many different environments, and that made me even want to train much harder.

You have represented Team SA for long jump before, where did you go and how did you experience it?

Last year I went to the Junior World Champs in the USA for long jump but could not compete further in the finals due to an ankle injury. Last year I also went to Botswana (long jump) for the African Youth Games and got silver in the long jump. This year in Ethiopia I attended the Africa Junior Athletics Champs and received silver in the long jump.

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How do you manage to fit in both sports and academics / work into your schedule?

I had to balance my athletics and sport so that I could do well in both…time management was important to me.

Beside your ­­­­­­­athletics what do you have a passion for?

I’ve got a huge passion to worshiping our lord Jesus Christ.

Tell me one thing about yourself that the world does not know?

I love rocking my heels and modeling when no one is around to see.

I love rocking my heels and modeling when no one is around to see.

I love rocking my heels and modeling when no one is around to see.

Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey and how it has affected your life / sports?

Well I would just like to share that anything can be done if you set your heart and mind on it. Having faith in who God is, is one of the biggest things you could ever do. Always believe that you are a conqueror and with God everything is possible.

Having faith in who God is, is one of the biggest things you could ever do. Always believe that you are a conqueror and with God everything is possible.

Having faith in who God is, is one of the biggest things you could ever do. Always believe that you are a conqueror and with God everything is possible.

What do you do to relax?

I watch athletics or maybe sit and speak to my friend or maybe watch movies.

Which athlete/ athletes inspire you?

Wayde van Niekerk; Ese Brume; Usain Bolt.

What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

Its not about what I don’t have, its about what I do with what I have.

Its not about what I don't have, its about what I do with what I have.

Its not about what I don’t have, its about what I do with what I have.

What is your favourite Bible quote?

Psalm 23:1-6

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

To never give up no matter how hard situations might be. I should always keep my head up and strive for success and that giving up is not the key to success.

What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

My biggest challenge is to make it to the big Olympics one day…and because of that I’m training and giving my all to achieve that.

My biggest challenge is to make it to the big Olympics one day...and because of that I'm training and giving my all to achieve that.

My biggest challenge is to make it to the big Olympics one day…and because of that I’m training and giving my all to achieve that.

When you’ve had a tough / bad day, what lifts you up again?

Listening to some slow gospel music and it always seems to brighten everything up.

I’m sure you have many things going on right now, what’s to be expected next from you?

To be better than what I was the last time and to prove to those who said I wouldn’t make it, that I’m strong enough to do better.

Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

What Next for Carla: "To be better than what I was the last time and to prove to those who said I wouldn't make it that I'm strong enough to do better".

What Next for Carla: “To be better than what I was the last time and to prove to those who said I wouldn’t make it that I’m strong enough to do better”.

Down time with family.

Down time with family.

Despite the setback in the USA she still managed to achieve and was awarded for her various achievements by Western Province Athletics.

Despite the setback in the USA she still managed to achieve and was awarded for her various achievements by Western Province Athletics.

 

Best youth girl of the year Best junior athlete of the year Sports person of the year.

Best youth girl of the year
Best junior athlete of the year
Sports person of the year.

Web site: www.kidz141project.co.za

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