Talented people still live here

Henry Parsons

The comments that follow should have been included in last week’s column, but an overzealous domestic kindly used the newspaper for other purposes!

This necessitated me having to buy a back copy of the Mid-South Coast Mail, dated 17 August.

On page 5 of this issue, I read with interest, and great amazement, a report back from a meeting of the Scottburgh SAPS Community Policing Forum.

The report heading was “Forum discusses crime, signs and pothole saga.”

The third paragraph (in bold print, nogal) states, “Protection services say they were aware that the beach was becoming a concern and had been monitoring the situation.”

This comment is unbelievable – Protection services believe that the beach IS becoming a concern? Goodness me, just about every resident in this town knows full well that the weekend drunkenness, lewd behaviour, littering and loud noise continuing into the early hours, has been a major concern for years. I wonder whether the other members of the SCPF sat and listened to this drivel.

Only last week, I had to carry my bike about thirty metres across the lower car park because of all the broken glass!

There is much that one takes for granted in this area.

For example, there are so many truly talented people that still live here, or those that have lived here before moving on elsewhere. Many of these people have achieved remarkable heights, whether this has been in their chosen professions, sport or personal lives.

Most of those who have left still carry a love for Scottburgh and its surrounds.

Another budding superstar is doing her thing under the radar, as it were and she, too, deserves her achievement to be made known to friends who still reside here.

Lyn Waters, she was when still at Scottburgh High, but now married and she is known as Lyn Bennett, took up paddling two years ago and has progressed so quickly that she is now the current South African Masters Champion in both the singles and double canoe events.

She will be representing Canoe South Africa in the World Masters Championships in Portugal on 3rd and 4th September.

She joins an elite number of locals who have truly reached the top in sport.

A few names spring to mind – Stacey Bowley S A. Lifesaving; Tim Clark – golf; Gavin Roberts – surfing, Chloe Tryon – S.A Women’s Cricket; Johnathan Rorke – S.A. Lifesaving. In other fields there are inter alia, Devi Govender – Carte Blanche; Dr. Elsa Pooley – world renown author and botanical artist and practical botanist.

Readers can email the names of others whom I have omitted – the spring in my mind has snapped!

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Henry Parsons

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