Jabez Christian Academy and Zanis Gymnastics Academy are exceptionally proud of Grade 4 learner, Melchizedek Maponya who claimed the award for the best u.8 Level 3 rhythmic gymnast at the SA Gymnastics Federation’s Novice Club Competition that took place in Centurion last weekend.
Zanis coaches Tanya Bouwman, Lesley Bonne and Cecil van den Berg provide the coaching of gymnasts at Jabez Christian Academy, where Melchizedek has been a learner since 2011.
Melchizedek’s career as a gymnast began at the age of three and she won her first accolade at age six when she finished fourth in the Level 2 category of the National Competition. In June 2014, while only in Grade 1, she won a gold medal at the Limpopo Gymnastics Competition, qualified for the SA team and proceeded to the SA Games at the University of Witwatersrand where she won her second gold medal and was also crowned as the top scorer of the u.7 Level 2 contestants. Melchizedek now competes on Level 3 and won her third gold medal at Centurion last weekend and was again the top scorer in the u.8 group.
Melchizedek, or Melchi as she is affectionately known, is the daughter of Abraham and Irene Maponya, both pastors. According to Irene, Melchi is a well behaved and disciplined child that lives up to her name. “She always shares whatever she has with others and is very spiritually inclined. I can see that her school work also improves due to her physical involvement in sport. She always does her best to give back to God what she received and always says ‘Thanks to God’ when she won. Melchi gets her strength from the fact that she relies on God in whatever she does and appreciates the fact that her fellow learners and friends pray for her before every event,” Irene said.