I was deeply saddened to hear about the tragic passing of Jeanne Davin who lost her life in a road accident in Namibia this past weekend. It was back in 2007 that I was asked by good friend, Mark Barnard to MC a charity dinner in Windhoek for the launch of the Janine and Suzelle Davin Trust.
The trust was set up by their parents, Herman and Jeanne in memory of their two beautiful daughters, to allow other Namibians to follow their sporting dreams. The two young sports stars themselves were killed in a tragic car accident in Namibia towards the end of 2006 in the prime of their lives.
Former Bok coach, Jake White, Schalk Burger Snr, Jean Engelbrecht and Namibians from all walks of life were among the hundreds of guests that attended the launch of the Trust.
I will never forget Herman and Jeanne on the night of the dinner and how the tears just flowed. The pain was unbearable and we all cried with them. Such wonderful people and now Herman’s loving wife is gone.
Jerrica Cormack @jerrijam9: Sad day for Namibian Hockey* Rest Peacefully Jeanne! You will be missed coach.. Thank you ❤️ Mark Barnard @trambowil: So sad, so many questions, no answers #liveinpeace #love #RIP Jeanne
So much grief for one family that has been torn apart. Herman, all I can say is we are all grieving with you again my brother. Words cannot express my heartfelt condolences. I wish I could be there just to give you a big hug but I know Mark and company will do it for me. You are all in my thoughts.
About the Davin Trust: The Trust was started in honor of Janine and Suzelle Davin. Both were excellent sportswoman, who lived life to the fullest. The late Janine and Suzelle were very young role models not only for the youth, their achievements impressed people from all walks of life, especially the Namibian sporting community and those in the academic field.
The parents had the desire to start something positive after the tragedy and this ultimately culminated in the formation of this trust. Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture: ‘”Janine and Suzelle brought energy, charisma, passion and talent to Namibian Hockey and Tennis and will be deeply missed by their fellow athletes, coaches and the Namibian Sporting community at large. Their sudden departure is a massive loss to the Namibian Sporting Family. Suzelle and Janine’s legacy will and must continue to inspire young Namibian athletes to follow their dreams of achieving excellence in sport.” – Message of condolences – John Motorwa – Minister (14 December 2006)