Twenty-two of Cape Town’s sports stars across nine codes from the SACOS-era were inducted into the newly established Sports Legends Hall of Fame at a function attended by more than 100 guests on Heritage Day.
The stars of yesteryear were given a plaque in recognition of their contribution to sport in the disadvantaged community. Among the inductees were household names from the Sixties and Seventies – tennis ace David Samaai, soccer whiz Puzzy Jansen, cricket’s Rushdie Majiet and Lefty Adams, and softball’s Thelma Achilles and Joyce Barendilla, and hockey’s Doreen Martin-Jacobs.
The Sports Legends Hall of Fame was established by local non-profit community organisation Play Sport4Life which has already created an Athletics Hall of Fame and a Maitland Giants Baseball Club Hall of Fame.
“To say everyone at the event was emotionally affected would be an understatement,” October said. “We had among our inductees 98-year-old Doreen Martin-Jacobs and David Samaai, aged 91. To see the joy on their faces in being acknowledged was worth the effort alone.”