The EMS Foundation is a proud supporter and the main benefactor of the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club, which is currently located in Zwelihle in Hermanus, a seaside village situated in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
We reflect on what seems to be another monumental year in the making as the boxers of the OWBC continue to receive many accolades.
At the beginning of July two boxers from the Overstrand Whale Boxing Club (OWBC) won medals. Siyakholwa Nxanti won a Bronze medal and Siphamandla Damesi a Gold Medal Winner 2022 in the welterweight division of the South African National Boxing Organisation (SANABO)Youth and Elite National Championship.
In Dunoon in Cape Town, at the end of July, OWBC junior boxers won ten gold medals and six silver medals.
At the Western Cape Junior Cadet Championship held between the 2nd and 4th of September, in Saldanha, OWBC boxers received six gold medals and one silver medal. OWBC was voted the second best team in the Province. The gold medal winners were: Kulunga Ndleleni, Sihle Mathiso, Sihle Mjongile, Nkantliseng Qheya, Nikilitha Gcetywa and Oyama Devese and the silver: Linkokuhle Nkothobe.
Thirteen year old Kulunga Ndleleni is the best cadet in the Western Cape, images provided by Mgcineni Joel Martins.
Training is one of the toughest aspects of boxing as it requires enormous commitment. Head CoachMzi Damesi and ensure that boxers are in peak condition before a fight.
Presently building plans have been submitted to the Overstrand Municipality for approval of the construction of a state of the art boxing club, entirely funded by the EMS Foundation and generously designed by a consortium of international and locally based architects.
The new OWBC club will be situated on the property of the Hermanus Waldorf School where the EMS Foundation has recently funded the construction of the first high school classrooms. The Hermanus Waldorf High School will be opened to welcome pupils in January 2023.
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