2016’s Movers & Shakers

Milan Murray (middel), Charmaine Nole (mede-uitgewer) en Marisa du Toit (die illustreerder) Foto: Facebook

Actress and author Milan Murray (center). Photo: Facebook

We’ve compiled a list of Melkbosstranders who excelled during 2016. Well done to all of you!

Strongwoman Liesl Schoonraad set a new record by flipping 100 tons of tyre. She called this her toughest challenge yet; tougher than pulling the Dakota aircraft or the 10-ton truck or swimming from Robben Island to Cape Town.

'Ginger Ninja' AJ Calitz. Photo: Facebook

‘Ginger Ninja’ AJ Calitz. Photo: Facebook

Record-breaking trail runner AJ Calitz finished the 100km Fish River Canyon Ultra marathon in a record time of 6 hours and 39 minutes. He ran approximately 15km an hour over terrain that alternates between rocky and sandy.

14-Year-old Gareth Dahl raised R23 800 for Peanut Animal Welfare.

Dreamboat JP Robberts.

Dreamboat JP Robberts. Photo: Melkbos.net

Singer and songwriter Tony Ridgway released his latest CD Rocking Horse. He is also busy writing a book which he described as follow to us: “Suffice it to say that it is about “a hitman and his cat. It’s a spoof with tons of humour in it.”

Actress and author Milan Murray wrote another beautiful children’s book. Hetta Elizabetta en die Wêreld op haar Skouers is the sort of book that can be enjoyed by children and adults who remain young at heart.

Melkbosstrand High teacher Melt van der Spuy made himself very handy as the handyman extraordinaire in the TV series My plek of joune?

Kayla Henning (who finished Gr 11 this year) was part of the LiL Shifterz Dance Crew that represented South Africa at the hip hop World Championships in Los Angeles.

Jacques Erasmus at the Rio Olympics. Photo: Facebook

Jacques Erasmus at the Rio Olympics. Photo: Facebook

Marilene van Wyk (who finished Gr 11 this year) represented South Africa in the Junior World Fencing Championships in Bourges, France.

Mia Erasmus (15) and Nikita Calitz (16), who attend Melkbosstrand Private School, were provisionally selected for the Junior Synchronize Figure Skating Team that will represent South Africa in the Junior World Championships in Canada next year.

Mia’s dad Jacques Erasmus did Melkbosstrand proud, too. Erasmus attended the Paralympics in Rio in his capacity as the head Wheelchair Rugby classifier for the Asia Oceanic Zone.  Jacques is also the director of Jacques Erasmus Physiotherapists and the head of the Melkbosstrand Neighbourhood Watch.

Tony Ridgway. Photo: Marnette Meyer

Tony Ridgway. Photo: Marnette Meyer

Joshua Myburgh, a grade 11 learner from Melkbosstrand High School, took part in the recent 7 Stars South African national championship for inflatable boat racing. According to the school’s newspaper The Melkie “It was only his second race of this type and he and his co-pilot JC Colombo of Laborie High School achieved the distinction of winning both disciplines for the Standard class.”

Actor Albert Maritz. Photo: Facebook

Actor Albert Maritz. Photo: Facebook

Jason van der Spuy (14) took part in the Junior World Cup for kitesurfing in St. Pierre la Mer, France. Although he had to battle tough conditions he came 7th in the under 16 category.

Local dreamboats JP Robberts and Jaycee Reynolds did us proud. JP was the 2nd runner up in the Mr South Africa competition and Jaycee was the first runner-up in the Mr Mardi Gras competition.

Well-known actor Albert Maritz starred in two acclaimed films; Uitvlucht and Modder en Bloed.





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