While we’re on the subject of 2009 scholarships…

Ten surfers were recently awarded annual surfing scholarships courtesy of a generous grant of R198 000 made to Surfing South Africa (SSA) by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

The recipients are Josh Salie of Muizenberg, Grant Arendse of Strandfontein, Qhamani Bam of Port Elizabeth, Bertie Stuurman of Pellsrus (near Jeffrey’s Bay), Monique Terblanche of Macassar, Amy Bosworth of Kommetjie, Mbongeni Hlengwa and Thalent Mkhize of Umzumbe and Zama Ndamase and Zitobile Msesiwe of Port St Johns.

All the successful candidates had to comply with strict criteria in order to qualify for the SSA Surfing Scholarship awards. These included the writing of a 500 word motivational essay and the preparation of a budget on how and where they would utilise the funds.

Apart from giving them access to specialised coaching and training, the scholarship funds will also give the group the opportunity to travel to and compete in events held around South Africa. In addition all scholarship recipients will be expected to use at least 50% of the allocated funds to pay for their school, college or university fees and expenses.

As an added bonus, all the recipients will be able to tear up the waves with brand new surfboards.

Congratulations to all and thanks to SSA for recognising all the young talent we have in South Africa!