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SO-CALLED Cinderella sports are finding a warm place in the South African sun through the sustainable development work of a far-sighted nation-building partnership.
Construction and infrastructure development company, Murray and Roberts, in partnership with the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and Sowetan, run the highly respected Murray and Roberts Jack Cheetham Memorial Award and the Murray and Roberts Letsema Award.
These awards recognise the inspirational and motivational character and ideals of Jack Cheetham, a former director of Murray and Roberts and captain of the South African cricket team in the 1950s. It contributes to the development of sport in SA.
The award was won by Nelson Mandela township (Nemato) Rowing Club in Eastern Cape in 2006.
In 2007 the award went to the Kwanobuhle Hockey Development Programme in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.
In 2008 it was won by Welkom Wrestling Club development programme.
In 2009 the South African Tug-of-War Adopt a School project, which represents the vision of the South African Tug-of-War Federation to transform and develop the sport at schools, won the award.
In 2008 Murray and Roberts identified Hilton Langenhoven, the triple gold medallist in the Beijing Paralympics, as a beneficiary of the trust and is allocating R100000 a year over five years to allow him to concentrate on preparations for the 2012 Paralympics.
For 2009 disabled sports projects Boccia for the Severely Disabled and Judo for the Blind and Visually Impaired, became beneficiaries of the trust, giving each project R50000 a year for three years.
To be eligible for nomination, a sports project must demonstrate a meaningful contribution to the development of sport in SA and it must benefit previously disadvantaged individuals.
Nominations must be sent by July 16 to Murray and Roberts Jack Cheetham Award, c/o Sascoc, PO Box 1355, Houghton, 2041 or fax on 011-483-9061.