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OSA January 25, 2017


Oliver Messerli (1994 and Tennis Captain), living in Los Angeles, spoke to the Boys’ College in Chapel and spent some time with the tennis players.

The No. 2 Ohio State women’s rowing team claimed two wins over No. 10 Stanford in the Second Varsity Eight and First Varsity Four on the final day of the Pac-12 Challenge with Kimberleigh Warriner (2013) as part of the 2nd 8.

Brett Staveley (2006) spoke in Chapel about Mad2Run before they set off on a 7 day long relay-style running adventure from Johannesburg to Cape Town with 2 teams of 12 runners is a fund raising event in support of the MAD Leadership Foundation.

Carel Nolte (1991), Charles Savage (1991) ran in the Paris marathon on 9 April 2017.

Rufaro Sithole (2014 headgirl) introduced Trevor Noah to the “Brown Lecture Board Presents: Trevor Noah” at Brown University where she is studying.

Rowan Spazzoli (2010) and two others submitted their AllSafe project research to two international competitions and have been selected as finalists in both. They were placed as runners up in the Oxford Global Challenge and he also represented the team at the St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland from 3 to 5 May.  The AllSafe project is a wearable safety device called The Guardian that would alert security services, the police and others close by if the user was in danger..

Lwazi Madi (2013) and Pierre le Roux (Girls’ College coach) were included in the men’s Waterpolo Team for the upcoming EU Nations Cup taking place from 19-21 May in Sczecsin, Poland.

Wiaan Mulder (2016) has been drafted into the SA A four-day squad, vs England Lions.

Micaela Bouter (2013) is part of the team selected for the Diving National Senior Squad and also achieved the selection requirements for the FINA World Aquatic Championships to be held in Budapest, Hungry in July this year.

Holly Norton (2011) was selected to compete in the World Cup 1 in Belgrave for Great Britain. Holly currently trains and competes for the GB squad.

An article about Sarah Hill (2011) and her mountain biking achievements appeared in this month’s Modern Athlete Magazine.

Congratulations to Jeremy Saner (2016) who competed at the Arnold Classic and won silver in the Senior Mens Saber, Gold in the U20 Sabre and bronze in the Senior Mens Foil.

“The Dark Tower” trailer has been released. Robbie Fields (2013) plays the role of Toby with Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. The movie will be released in SA on 4 August 2017.

Well done to Kevin Anderson for reaching the semis of the Estoril Open.

Kimberleigh Warriner (2013) was part of the Ohio State University first four to earn Big Ten Boat of the Week Honours. The 1st 4 was dominant in both of its races Yale and Harvard.

Innocent Radebe (2013) made his Super Rugby debut for the Sharks vs Lions on Saturday.

An article appeared in the Sandton Cronicle about Rob Gautschi (1997) who has been missing since 2001.  Please contact his mom Jenny on 083 297 8986 if you have any information.

John Kinghorn (2013) and team raised the most funds and created the most gees and interest through the race, Champions of the Flyway.  It is an extraordinary bird race for conservation that takes place annually, in the migration hotspot of Eilat Israel.

Candice Drennan (2013) won the Most Outstanding Student prize for International Relations undergraduate from Wits.

Kagiso Rabada (2013) scored a career best 34 vs NZ recently.

Michael Stewart (2016) Dwayne Flatscher (2002) and Claudio Fernandes (2013) and coach Pierre le Roux won Water polo Currie cup gold medals playing for OJ Eagles.

Andrea Dalle Ave (2011) jumped an unofficial African T37 long jump record of 6.18 metres in March at an able-bodied Gauteng Athletics event.  He had chicken pox a month ago and came back in fine style.

Thando Mangcu (2011) received a Special Encore Award as part of the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, honouring excellence in theatre.  This special award was presented to the cast of The Fall, a unique production that was the result of real-life, live theatre, performed in real-time.

Piers Cruickshanks (1992 and Deputy Head in charge of Academics at Kingsmead College), spoke to the boys and staff today about the movie – “Beyond the River” recently which will be screened this weekend at an Open Air Cinema at Saints. His brother, Alex (2002) is the MIC of Rowing at the Boys’ College.

Alex and Piers Cruickshanks

25 members of the Carter family came together on Sunday 26 February 2017 to commemorate their involvement with St Stithians. It started with Austin Clark, who taught at Saints under the second Headmaster, Steyn Krige, and stretches over four generations. Michael Carter, the most recent Carter to attend Saints, matriculated in 2014.  The Carter family, led by Bill Carter, sponsored the building of the Honour Circle. Bill is a former Vice Chair of Council and was the school’s architect for many years.

Micaela Bouter (2013), studying at the University of Houston, won the 3m Southern Eastern Conference final and was named the American Athletic Conference’s most outstanding diver of the year.  She was also named American Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned a $4,000 postgraduate scholarship.

Congratulations to Jason Smith (2009) who passed his CA (SA) board exams (APC) with honours – one of top 13 in the country!

Five Old Stithians on SA TV :

Danilo Acquisto (2009) on Afternoon Express.

Ayanda Nyathi (2014) on Exfrontiers Techshow.

Jonathan Boyton-Lee (1998) on Top Billing.

Loyiso Bala (1998) featured on Varsity Sing.

Kabelo Mabalane (1995) will be hosting Iwisa No 1 Legends show from 10 November.

Old Stithian Cricketers to watch out for (apart from Kagiso) :

Ricardo Vasconcelos (2015) made his first class debut for Boland vs Northern Cape in the 2016–17 Sunfoil 3-Day Cup on 10 November 2016.

Brandon Glover (2015) made his first class debut for Boland in the 2016–17 Sunfoil 3-Day Cup on 20 October 2016.

Yassar Cook (2011) is a first class cricketer who was included in the Gauteng cricket team squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.

Marques Ackerman (2014) made his first class debut for North West in November 2015 and his Twenty20 debut in October 2015.

Ryan Rickelton (2014) made his first class debut for Gauteng in November 2015.

Wiaan Mulder (2016) made his first class debut on 5 October 2016 for the Lions.

Patrick Cooke (1971) joined Rockwell Diamonds as Chief Financial Officer. He has wide industry experience, having been involved over the years in mineral resources, information technology, wholesale fast moving consumer goods, financial services and professional services companies.

Congratulations to Ciara Murphy (2015) who has made the Senior Squad of the Irish Netball Team!

The CMA presents its Comrades Marathon Top Fundraiser Award to the person who has raised the most funds for the Comrades Charities. The winner of the prized accolade was Carel Nolte.
Congratulations Christopher Harrison (2006) who has been elevated to the level of Fifa referee and will be included on the international panel from next year onwards.

Carol Howard nee Blignaut (1998) won the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Rowing South Africa inaugural Sports Awards. Carol was also nominated as Volunteer of the Year for the SA Sports Awards. She is the UJ Rowing Club Manager & UJ sports manager.

Natasha Loring received her USA Green Card for your “Extraordinary Film Acting Talent”.

Congratulations Jay Caboz (2005) for winning the Science and Technology award at the Zimeo Excellence in Journalism Awards organised by the African Media Initiative, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Our congratulations go to Kerryn Murray (2012) who qualified with a BSc Health Sciences and Ashley Murray (2010) who qualified in medicine (MBBCh). In addition Ashley achieved her degree Cum Laude. Ashley also won the prize for Orthopedic Medicine.

Lee Astfalck (1991) who is now a Director at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Wiaan Mulder (2016) was selected as SA Schools’ captain – the last Saints captain of an SA Schools’ side was Phillip Hearle 20 years ago.  Wandile Makwetu, Joshua Richards and Curtis Campher who were selected for the CSA Cubs Week in Stellenbosch from 4-8 January 2017.

Wiaan Mulder and Wandile Makwetu have been selected for the South African U19 side to play in a triangular series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe from 14-28 January, as well as a separate three-match Youth ODI series against Sri Lanka from 01-05 February. Wiaan was also selected as Captain.

Kagiso Rabada reached a significant milestone against Sri Lanka when took 50 wickets in 13 matches. He also got the Man of the Match award for his 10 wickets in the Test!  It is Rabada’s fifth five-wicket haul in Tests and his second 10-wicket match haul.  He also received the International Achievement trophy at the SA Sports Awards.  Kagiso attained career-best rankings in the latest ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowler at fifth position in the ICC player rankings for Test bowlers and is now South Africa’s highest-ranked bowler at No 1.

Shannon Kook (2001) is part of the movie The Conjuring 2 which was nominated for The Peoples’ Choice Awards.

Mike Bothma (1982), a fire fighting helicopter pilot, who lost his home in a fire. A crowdfunding initiative was set up for him.

Congratulations to John Huggett (1989) on his appointment as Headmaster of Treverton Prep. John is the son of Hugh Huggett (past teacher at St Stithians Boys’ College).

Michael Ventre (1995) is going to attempt swimming from NY to London in April.

Ryan Rickelton (2014), playing for UJ in the Varsity Cup Competition, scored 95 from 105 vs Old Selbornians and the highest partnership with Stefan Klopper for 167 runs vs Tuks, surpassing the previous best of 144.

Yassar Cook (2011) is also part of this team – he was the Edgars Active Best Batsman and Samsung Man of the Match vs Kovsies.

Brandon Glover (2015) is in the Maties team.