MEC Meyer's Speech at the 2010 Sport Legends Celebration
Good Morning, and thank you for being here today, as we celebrate this province's cream of the crop, the shining stars and sporting icons that are now living legends among us.
The Sport Legends Ceremony that is hosted on an annual basis by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) is not only about honouring the real legends of this province, and of this country, but also about showing the youth of today what they too can accomplish if they are as dedicated and as passionate as our legends.
Your commitment to sport has not only resulted in victories for yourselves and your clubs and organisations, but also for the country. Many of our legends would have been involved in sport during some of this country's most difficult years. But without your perseverance, your determination and of course your success on the fields, tracks, and courts, we would have been unable to celebrate the successes that have taken place off the field.
The purpose of these awards are also to serve as an acknowledgment of the contributions made by individuals as sporting activists, sporting heroes and experts in their respective fields, in shaping the future of sport in the Western Cape, and South Africa.
The sport codes that will receive focus during 2010 are baseball, bowls, football, cricket, athletics, rugby, jukskei, golf, gymnastics and netball, and the criteria include people who have made a significant contribution to sport, furthered the development of sport, and who are regarded as icons in their communities.
To date a total of 213 Legends have been acknowledged. This year we celebrate another 40 legends, icons of our time, and people that have proved to be invaluable to the Western Cape.