Saints’ Sports Awards bring inspiration

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Saint Andrew's Sportsman of the Year, Dilivio Ridgard, is congratulated by guest speaker, Jared McIntyre, an old boy and national wheelchair rugby team member.

Saint Andrew’s old boy and wheelchair rugby international, Jared McIntyre, was the guest speaker at the Saints’ Sports Awards Dinner, where John Kuhn received the Fred S Webber Award for Best Sporting Achievement and Dilivio Ridgard was named the Len Tuckett Sportsman of the Year. Kuhn, who is ranked the number one Under-19 squash player in South Africa, represented South Africa at the World Junior Squash Championships in Poland where he finished as runner-up in the consolation plate. He was unbeaten at the Interprovincial Schools tournament and helped Saint Andrew’s to once again be crowned Free State champions. Ridgard captained the Saints’ 1st XI cricket side, which achieved a top 10 ranking in South Africa. He and Gerald Coetzee have been included in the South African Under-19 Invitational cricket side and Ridgard is also a member of the Knights’ Under-19 squad.
The Deputy Head Boy, Ridgard, further captained the Saint Andrew’s 1st hockey side with distinction. The all-round excellence of Vicario Crouch and Jayden Davids was recognised when the pair shared the Junior Sportsman of the Year Award. Crouch received his Free State colours for rugby, while Davids was awarded Free State colours in cricket.
Michael Davids was acknowledged for receiving his South African colours in karate and Chris Smit received his provincial colours in fencing. Meanwhile, Josh Lawrence was crowned karate kumite world champion in the Under-14 to Under-17 age group on the weekend in Johannesburg. Twelve Saints’ squash players received Free State colours, as did six cricketers and 16 hockey players, while Southern Free State colours were awarded to a further nine squash players, 16 cricketers, and six hockey players.