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Curwin Bosch a once-in-a-generation player

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Cape Town – Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers believes Sharks playmaker Curwin Bosch is an exceptional talent who should be managed properly.

The 19-year-old has taken the rugby world by storm with his performances for the Sharks in this year’s Super Rugby competition.

De Villiers, who coached the Springboks between 2008 and 2011, expressed his views on Bosch via a column for Kwese Sports.

De Villiers believes Bosch is a player with “x-factor and flair”, but has called on Bosch’s coaches to allow him the “freedom to express” himself on the park.

De Villiers used former Springbok utility back Brent Russell as an example of a player who never reached his full potential because of being forced to follow a certain game style.

“Russell had an extraordinary ability as a rugby player to beat defenders with his pace off the mark and stepping ability. But some coaches tried to change his attacking nature to fit into the South African way of playing. Unfortunately it didn’t work out…” De Villiers wrote.

Bosch has shown himself to be equally adept at fullback and flyhalf, but De Villiers called for the player to be utilised in one position.

“Curwin Bosch has more rugby ability in his DNA than many coaches and players put together. Because such a talented player is so rare, he is tricky to work with and very difficult to coach,” De Villiers continued.

“These ‘once-in-a-generation’ talents can play anywhere, in any position, and will do better than most of the players. But they should be destined for one position, and one position only.

“Do not let us walk the same bumpy road with Bosch as we did with natural talents like Russell, Francois Steyn and others, making them fill in where we have a problem or a hole to fill.”

De Villiers called for Bosch to receive the best support structures possible.

“This kid will bring South African rugby fans so much joy over the next decade if he is properly managed, because he already has the maturity at a such young age. He is truly FAT player. Faithful, Available and Teachable…”

As Springbok coach, De Villiers won the 2009 Tri-Nations, as well as a series win over the British and Irish Lions that same year.

During his tenure, he boasted five wins out of 11 Tests against the All Blacks – a better record than most Bok coaches in recent times.

De Villiers was the director of rugby at the University of the Western Cape between 2012 and 2015, but has since struggled to find work in rugby.

Read De Villiers’ full column on Kwese Sports

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REPORT BACK – Curwin Bosch U/20 World Championship 2016

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Congratulations Curwin Bosch with your wonderful performances at the U/20 Rugby World Champs last month. Plus you have just made your Super Rugby debut for the Sharks. Read his wonderful report back below. Stunning to journey with our young athletes as they step into their rightful place in the history of SA’s sport through hard work, dedication, commitment.

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NB – All images were supplied by the athlete to Heslop Sports. If there are any images that are not credited correctly, please email info@heslopsports.co.za with the details and we will gladly do so immediately.

U/20 World Championship Report Back

Name & Surname Curwin Bosch
Name of Tournament U/20 World Championship
Date 7 June- 25 June 2016
City and Country Manchester, England
How did you experience the capping before the champs, what did it mean to you? It was an honor being capped as a junior springbok. The experience was indescribable as being selected for the Junior Boks has always been one of my goals in my rugby career.
Highlights of the actual champs? RSA vs France game as I had a great game and was also chosen as the man of the match and also reaching the semi final.
Lessons learned from the champs? The margin for errors are small.

You have to every opportunity.

Enjoy every moment while it lasts.

General observations and vibe of the Champs/ host country? Very passionate supporters.

Friendly city.

England were great hosts and created a good vibe.

What/ who / motivated you throughout the  champs? Playing for my country was enough motivation to wake me up and push me to give my utmost best. Family & friends supported me throughout the tournament so very difficult to single out anyone. Grateful for the support.
Biggest challenge during the meet? England in the semi final.
What is happening next for you in sport? Just made my Super Rugby debut for the sharks. Hopefully I can catch attention of the coaches to get more game time
Anything Else you want to mention? Just want to say thank you to my Grandfather, Neville Milborrow and Grandmother, Jane Milborrow for their support. As well as my Aunt Elvira Milborrow and Girlfriend, Simonne Dreyer for supporting me no matter what I go through! Really grateful.

 

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Further Reading on Curwin:

Young Game Changers: Curwin Bosch

Fresh & Hungry – Curwin Bosch

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Sharks XV secure first win

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April 23, 2016

The Cell C Sharks secured their first win of the season with a comprehensive 48-18 (halftime 24-8) victory over the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias in their provincial tournament match at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi on Saturday.

Outside centre Marius Louw grabbed a hat-trick of tries while flyhalf Tristan Tedder enjoyed a fine personal match as he ended with 23 points courtesy of a try, six conversions and two penalties.

The Sharks XV had endured a tough start to the season, losing their opening two fixtures to Border and Boland respectively.

But they comprehensively outplayed the Namibians as they ran in six tries to three to condemn the Welwitschias to their third loss on the trot.

Despite the bonus-point win, the Sharks XV are still eighth on the log.

The hosts took an early lead through a Tedder penalty but it was the Welwitschias who scored the first try when fullback Riaan van Zyl went over for an unconverted score in the sixth minute.

The Sharks XV were stung into action and the impressive Louw grabbed his first try in the eighth minute.

The visitors narrowed the gap to two points when flyhalf Shaun Kaizemi slotted a 20th minute penalty but the rest of the half belonged to the hosts as Tedder and Louw both scored tries before halftime as the Sharks XV went to the break leading 24-8.

The Welwitschias started the second half in fine fashion and they narrowed the gap to 24-18 thanks to tries from left wing Russell van Wyk and flank Rohan Kitshoff.

But the Sharks XV soon reasserted their dominance with Louw completing his hat-trick in the 51st minutes before replacement lock Wian Vosloss and replacement fullback Curwin Bosch both scored tries.

SCORERS

Cell C Sharks – Tries: Curwin Bosch, Marius Louw (3), Tristan Tedder, Wian Vosloo; Conversions: Tedder (6); Penalties: Tedder (2).

Windhoek Draught Welwitschias – Tries: Russell van Wyk, Rohan Kitshoff, Riaan van Zyl; Penalty: Shaun Kaizemi.

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National Library Week 2016

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South Africa celebrates National Library Week during March each year. This year’s theme is LIBRARIES FOR LIFELONG LEARNING”. A wonderful theme for all of us, especially our youth and young athletes. I was much encouraged to see how highly our youth regard the deep value of education. After all, which education system can functional optimally without books and a library? NONE.

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So young athletes – keep reading, keep studying, enlarge your horizons, broaden your experiences, get motivated and educated, fuel your dreams, when you take to the wold of books and reading!

Here are some of the wonderful responses that I had to the question:

In your opinion, what is the value of Education in a young person’s life?

Kaylene Corbett – Swimmer

Education is number one priority. You can be incredible in sport but if you don’t have something to fall back on when sport fails you have nothing. You should also try balance the two if sport is important to you and if you want to make a career out of it or become a professional sportsman/woman….

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Jamie Reynolds – Swimmer

Education is vital to one. It helps your mind grow and opens up a whole new world for you. Many athletes rely on the sport they do to get them places in life, but the truth is, you can’t rely on your sporting talent forever. You always need a back up plan and the one thing someone can never take away from you; is the knowledge you have learned.

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Marne Erasmus (Swimmer)

Education is one of the most important things in any one person’s life. It is so important that the younger generations be well educated so that they may grow up to be generous and well informed leaders.

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Solami Buthelezi (Netballer)

Education is of great value. It’s highly important to have an opinion about national/global issues and the youth is best fit to deal with them but how can we expect solutions and change if the youth itself cannot formulate opinions due to a lack of education? Also, the flourishing of bad governance is aided by a people who cannot think for themselves. Through education for all, our country will see good governance, a more efficient work force and a huge boost in our economy (which we need more than anything right now) amongst other things.

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Martin Binedell (Swimmer)

Education is vital, I grew up with the philosophy of a healthy body isn’t complete without a healthy mind. A lot of athletes forget there is a life after sport and the beauty of sport is that it opens doors, weather they lead to a better education or the opportunity of travelling.

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Vanessa Mohr (Swimmer)

Education is of the utmost importance in a young person’s life. I believe that every young person should have the chance to receive tertiary education through and together with sport.

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Nduduzo Mfoza (Cricketer)

Education is vital, it can open doors for you and as a sportsman you also need education cause you’ll never know what the future has for you.

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Jonathan Draai (Cricketer)

It is vital for the youth of today to receive a good education as we are the future of the country. The more educated the people of our society are, the better off we will be as not only a country but also as humans.

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Xolisa Guma (Rugby)

The value of education in a young person’s life is one of the most important one. If you are educated it can open so many doors in life. It’s a key thing to get an education because no one can take it away from you.

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Joshua Howard Tripp (Tennis Player)

I think that it is very important, in case of an injury and are unable to play sport again, it is a great backup plan. Education is a great path to life even without sport.

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Farhaan Sayanvala (Cricketer)

Education is everything in my opinion. I believe that the only way our country can move forward is through educating the youth. Like Nelson Mandela said, “ education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

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Zane Waddell (Swimmer)

I have been brought up, getting taught that you always have to have a plan B. So my degree will act as my plan B in the case that I get a career ending injury.

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Madrie Le Roux (Tennis player)

I think it is very important to have proper education. Sports are also very important, it teaches you a lot. I don’t believe in technology. Young kids sitting inside with their ipads and computers. I believe kids must play outside or read a book.

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Sean Moodley (Swimmer)

For me, education should always be first in a young person’s, in fact, everyone’s life. Education is the fundamental part of one’s life and should be cherish by those who are privileged enough to receive one. In my opinion, the only thing a person would regret is a missed opportunity. Don’t let your education be one.

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Kurt Hensberg (Hockey Player)

I could ramble on about my opinion on education, but to summarize it: educating yourself is the best thing you can do with your life, but the way we are educated is not adequate enough. There is no replacement for experience.

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Carissa van Rooyen (Swimmer)

I think it is important to excel in academics because you can’t only have swimming as a background and expect work to come find you instead of the other way around, especially because school teaches you a lot of lessons on how to handle life. How hard you work at school determines how hard you will work in real life when you go out in the ‘wild’. I also find that there is absolutely no reason not to try and excel in academics as you are not helping yourself by being lazy and not appreciating that you in actual fact have been given an opportunity to set a successful future for yourself. I always say to my friends,’ if not why not’.

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Concluding with one of my personal  favourite quotes by a great preacher and brilliant Author – Charles Haddon Spurgeon. My prayer for our stunning nation:

“Home becomes a palace when the daughters are maids of honour, and the sons are nobles in spirit; then the father is a king, and the mother a queen, and royal residences are more than outdone. A city built up of such dwellings is a city of palaces, and a state composed of such cities is a republic of princes”.

Link: Library Week 2015: http://heslopsports.co.za/wp/sa-library-week-2015/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fresh & Hungry: Sean Moodley

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Sean Moodley, one of Swimming SA’s brightest youth stars, in and out of the water. A young man of focus, balance, integrity and many words of wisdom. A straight a student despite many sport commitments. Champions in LIFE, not only in sports is what it is all about! Sean is a wonderful youth leader, having been selected as Team Captain at the upcoming SA School Sports Championships 10-15 Dec 2015 in Pretoria. Well done! He is proudly a member Electric Eels Swimming Club and a brilliant student at St Peter’s college. He has represented our beautiful nation on a few occasions internationally as part of Team SA. So young, so driven and a stunning example of being purposeful in life beyond sports. Our youth have a voice, they have an influence and they are determined to leave our country and our world a better place, by the example they set – I salute you!

 

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Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Sean Moodley
Nick Name Seano
Date of birth 22/09/1999
Place of birth Johannesburg
Current City Johannesburg
Height 179cm
Weight 70kg
Shoe Size 9-10
Club Electric Eels
Coach’s Name Lynne Stockton
Out of Country events/ meets Junior African Swimming Championships (2013 and 2015)

Junior FINA World Swimming Championships (2015)

Secondary Sport/ sports Hockey
Favorite City Durban
Favorite Song/ type of music Classic man-Jidenna. I enjoy tropical house, chilled music, and rap at times.
Favorite Movie The Blind Side, and To Save a Life
School & Grade St Peter’s college,  Grade 10
Sponsors No sponsorship, willing to accept one with open arms.
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E-mail seanadammoodley@gmail.com
Community projects involved in Every year, I am involved in at least 15 hours of community service at the National Renal care unit at Sunninghill hospital or at St Peter’s.
Parents Names, siblings Mom-Diane Campbell

Dad-Devan Moodley

Brother-Kieran Moodley

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INTERVIEW:

Q: You are passionate and doing so well in your swimming, tell me a little bit about how you started, and your journey in the swimming arena up to now?

Well, my swimming career started at a very young age. Since I was born in September, I have always loved water. Learning to swim was easy for me as I was dropped in the pool at 6 month old. Everyone held their breaths. I then went all the way to the bottom of the pool and pushed off the floor and swam to the side. As I went through my primary school career, I always loved, and still do love, every sport. I was first team in every sport and enjoyed all aspects of them. I have always been told that I’m the type of person that will jump into things with two feet. I always give 100%. My swimming always used to shine over everything else however, and I only noticed this completely in Grade 8 when I was selected for Junior African Champs in Zambia in 2013 where I won a bronze medal! Ever since then, my swimming has gone to new heights with my most honorable achievement being selected for FINA World Junior Champs in Singapore. And, more recently, Junior African Champs again in Cairo this year.

Q: Who are you?

I would describe myself as very serious and assertive. I love to have fun and exercise and working hard towards something. I am also OCD with neatness and organization even though sometimes I’m very unorganized. I am very quiet at first but I can get very loud as you get to know me. I want to be someone that people can look to as a friend, mentor, and someone that I am aspiring to be like now, Cameron Van der Burgh, a true legend I think.

Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in swimming and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

Being selected for FINA World Junior Champs and being parts of the SSA Junior squad, and the fact that I am still able to swim to my highest ability and still accomplish my academic goals of 80% or above average. And also, the fact that I’ve made SA youth times.

Q: You are just back from an International event – Junior Africa Swimming Champs – Egypt, proudly part of Team SA – Congrats! How did you experience that? General observations? Lessons learned?

I’m still continuing to learn! I had a great experience as always and every international tour I go on, I realize how close I really am and how much closer I am to them than I was 2 years ago. It also shows me what I should be working towards in terms of the competition throughout African and the world.

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Q: In your opinion, what is the value of Education in a young person’s life?

For me, education should always be first in a young person’s, in fact, everyone’s life. Education is the fundamental part of one’s life and should be cherish by those who are privileged enough to receive one. In my opinion, the only thing a person would regret is a missed opportunity. Don’t let your education be one.

Q: Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey and how it has affected your life / sports?

With the way I have been brought up, I don’t have a complete connection with faith and religion. My life has always seemed, to me, to be a systematic, one after the other cycle of an action, reaction and consequence with rewards. I do, however, know that he is watching over us, all the time. And all we have to do is recognize him.

Q: What do you do to relax?

I listen to calm, chilled music and do things I love to do: swim, spend time with family and friends, gym, play sport.

Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” Albert Einstein.

Q: What is your favourite Bible quote?

“Do everything in love” 1 Corinthians 16:14

Q: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

Coping with the amount of work and pressure that school entails with the fact that I swim internationally. It is very hard to balance all of these subjects and training sets sometimes to achive what I want to achieve. All I’ve done and its worked, so far, is worked consistently and made sure I am on top of my work and have a good balance between sleep, work and social, with the training a top priority with academics.

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Q: What type of influence do you see yourself having on our nation’s youth?  What example would you like to set for the one’s coming after you?

I want to be seen as a great swimmer and a true role model. I want to be seen as someone that took every opportunity he was given and make the most out of them. It has always been a dream of mine to go the Olympic Games in 2020. I also want to be seen to have a successful life outside of swimming and throughout my life with my job, family, and life style.

Q: What words of encouragement can you give to South African youth and the nation?

Always take every opportunity that is presented to you. You only regret the things that you don’t do. It’s your life, make it worth the while, and make it the best it can be. Republic of South Africa-we are best united. Let’s unite and make a difference. If after this interview, I have made a difference in one person’s life, well, that’s good enough for me!

Q: Anything else you would like to share?

Thank you so much for this interview. I really feel like I have given a mission to some of the youth of this country and the nation as a whole.

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Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

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NB – All images were supplied by the athlete to Heslop Sports. If there are any images that are not credited correctly, please email info@heslopsports.co.za with the details and we will gladly do so immediately.

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Michael Andrew: a Picture Journey

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Bon Courage to Michael who is competing at the FINA  Swimming World Cup 2015 – currently happening in Doha!

It was absolutely wonderful to get so many beautiful images of SWIMMER Michael Andrew from his mom Tina. Thus to honour her time and effort in this and also in the spirit of “waste not want not” – I have decided to do this post consisting mostly of images of Michael Andrew, his early days, family time, special 3 month visit to SA, modeling etc!

Exclusive Up-Close Interview with Michael here: Fresh & Hungry: Michael Andrew

Michael in his 3 stripes.

Michael in his 3 stripes.

Early Days:

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Football

December 2009

December 2009

All rounder

All rounder

 

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Breakdancing – Spot Michael?

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Michael Phelps & Michael

 

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Footballer

Family Time:

Beautiful Andrew Clan

Andrew Clan

 

Michael the Academic: Michael and Michaela doing school work

Michael the Academic: Michael and Michaela doing school work

 

Father and son

Father and son

Special Time in South Africa:

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Precious moment with Grandma

Precious moment with Grandma

Delighted to meet the famous Dr. Tim Noakes

Delighted to meet the famous Dr. Tim Noakes

What an honor! This is one of the things I love the most about my life, its the amazing opportunities I get to meet people like Ms Penny.

Kruger TRIP with Grandma and Grandpa.

Kruger TRIP with Grandma and Grandpa.

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Michael’s cousins with Chad and Michael

Cuzzies connecting

Cuzzies connecting

Cute pic of little Luke with Michael

Cute pic of little Luke with Michael

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A day at the beach in SA

 

Michael the model

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2010 Aquaholic SD State Champions, Michael Andrew, Michaela Andrew, Cole Bergan, Shayle Finnesand and Andrew Bergan. See results.

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Fresh & Hungry – Curwin Bosch

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Curwin Bosch is a brilliant Youth Rugby player and rising star to keep a keen eye on for our nation’s sporting future. With many accolades behind his name, he particularly revels in being named the Craven Week Player of the Year for 2014. Internationally he ran out in his green and gold colours as part of Team SA in Samoa this year, at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Born in Port Elizabeth, this humble and proudly Grey High School student is a balanced athlete, a deep thinker and a hard worker. He speaks with high esteem, honour and respect about his wonderful team mates.

He will be making his way to the amazing Sharks Academy for 2016 as he further pursues his rugby and academic careers.

Once again I say this with absolute conviction – I am seeing such a wonderful generation of young men and women rising up amongst us, who are becoming true world changers and history makers on and off the sports fields.

Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Curwin Bosch
Nick Name CB, Boschy
Date of birth 25-06-1997
Place of birth Port Elizabeth
Current City Port Elizabeth
Height 1.83m
Weight 80kg’s

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INTERVIEW:

Q: Tell me a little bit about how you started in Rugby, and your journey up to now?

I started playing rugby at the age of 9. I didn’t have the opportunity to play as much rugby in my junior school, as sport was not such a big deal. Luckily I made the EP u12 and was spotted by Grey Junior who immediately offered me a bursary to further my career at Grey Junior and later Grey High School.

Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in Rugby and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

My highest achievement in rugby at this point would most definitely be representing SA Schools team for 2 years (2014-2015). My highest personal achievement would most definitely be winning the Cravenweek Player of the year 2014.

I think my support base has to be mentioned as something that has driven me to where I am today! I’m very grateful for my family and friends who supported me through thick and thin. I also think my dedication and love for the game has grown in this manner which in turn contributes to my achievements.

Q: You have represented Team SA for Rugby 7’s in Somoa, how did you experience it?

It was a very good yet very different experience! Somoa has a very different lifestyle compared to what we have in SA. On the rugby field is was a very enjoyable tour. I’ve learnt a lot during the time with the 7’s and I enjoyed playing with a great bunch of guys!

Q: How do you manage to fit in both sports and academics into your schedule?

Hahaha the question that always comes up! I try my best to get a good balance between academics and sport even though sport seems to creep ahead of academics sometimes… hahahahahah

Q: Beside your Athletics what do you have a passion for?

I used to be a sprinter, went to SA’s for athletics whilst still u15 for 100m and 200m event. I also used to be a tennis player back when rugby wasn’t the only sport I did. Haha

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Q: Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey and how it has affected your life / sports?

I am a Christian. My faith has let me down at times during difficulty but I’ve been working hard at trying to correct that, which I seem to be improving on.

Q: What do you do to relax?

I love spending time with my girlfriend, Simonne Dreyer who lives in Pretoria. I also love spending time on my own.

Q: Which athletes inspire you?

I have quite a few rugby players that I look up to, the likes of Dan Carter (New Zealand), Jonny Wilkinson(England), Matt Giteau (Australia). These are all players who I’ve looked up to from childhood simply because of their values as people and for the example they set on the field.

Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

I have quite a few but one that stands out the most,

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right”

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

I think I’ve heard it more than once. Something that stood out was that you never know when you’ll play your last game so enjoy every game like it’s your last.

Q: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

I’d say my biggest challenge in the past 2 years of my life would most probably be dealing with critics, the media and its negative effects especially on rugby players. So dealing with that for the 1st time was difficult but in the professional environment you get used to it.

Q: When you’ve had a tough / bad day, what lifts you up again?

That’s when I like to spend time by myself just to regroup again! I don’t want any other outside influences I like to solve my problems or upsets by myself, I appreciate the help from others but I prefer to do it on my own.

Q: What’s to be expected next from you?

I am joining the Sharks Academy in 2016. I’d like to establish myself in some team whilst there and hopefully get the opportunity at a higher level.

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Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

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Up-Close with Dean Whyte

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Dean Whyte, SA Water Polo champion esteems the camaraderie of team mates very high. He draws his strength and motivation form his peers in the sports arena including his special Claire. He is quite an academic of note and busy with his Masters in Sports science. With the title of his research “Physiological Profiles of South African Male Elite Water Polo Players”. As if a masters does not keep one busy enough, he is also currently doing a post graduate certificate in Education!

He is indeed a busy man that finds time and balance in each aspect of life from sports, to fellowship with friends, to love, to giving back to the community. His passion is to sow back into his WP Learners some of his rich experiences that he has had in the Water Polo Arena. He is the proud owner of a stunning Water Polo club called Tridents Aquatics Club, where teaches and uplifts our precious youth. He describes himself as “Easy going. Accommodating. Water polo loving. Determined”.

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Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Dean Whyte
Nick Name Bravo
Date of birth 17 September 1988
Place of birth Johannesburg
Current City Johannesburg
Height 188 cm
Weight 88 kg
Shoe Size UK 10
Club Old Johanians Eagles (OJ Eagles)
Coach’s Name Vlado Trninic
Out of Country events/ meets 15th FINA world champs. Scotland commonwealth games. Kuwait development trophy. Kazakhstan world cup. EU 8 nations. And currently at the 16th FINA world champs in Russia
Favorite City Barcelona
Favorite Song/ type of music EDM
School & Grade Parktown Boys’ High School, Class of 2006
Tertiary Inst Name/ Year University of Johannesburg alumni
Tertiary degree/ diploma Sports Science (Hons)
Sponsors No personal sponsorship
Twitter / Instagram / Facebook Whytedean
Community projects Soweto development for water polo
Parents Names Gwen and Vernon Whyte
Very briefly describe yourself as a Person Easy going. Accommodating.  Water polo loving.  Determined.

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INTERVIEW

Q: You are passionate and doing so well in your ­­­­­­­­water polo, tell me a little bit about how you started and your journey in the water polo arena up to now?

It stemmed all from my school days. I had passionate coaches with a sport they loved. I think that it rubbed off of me too. Now days everything revolves around polo. It had a huge influence on my life choices. After high school my university club coach Stanislav Gospodinov really helped develop me to the player I am today both in confidence and ability. My current coach now has also been critical in my water polo just advancing to new levels. Added to that, the club team members  I have are like no other! The guys drive one another and push each other always. I guess that leads up to where we are today. Our club is national champions (11/13 times since the clubs inception),  old Edwardian champs and all good friends!

Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in water polo and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

I play for the men’s national side since 2013. It’s a team sport so I guess best accomplishment has to be winning the European 8 nations tournament in Denmark earlier this year.

Q: You are just back from Kazan where you and your team mates rocked the boat a bit! Congrats! Please may you share a little about your and the team’s experience in  Kazan?

Thank you 🙂 Kazan was amazing – to play against elite players of that nature are just humbling! It is a constant reminder of how much more work we can do here in SA. The Team vibe was amazing – during my first debut in Barca two years ago, each training camp, each tournament there after we have just grown together with the guys. Again to play with the worlds best we learnt a hell of a lot!

Q: Tell me about your club and your training / competition approach with kids/ athletes that you train? Age range?
 My Club is Based in Randburg – We train out of Rand Park High School. We are very new to the scene (two years of age) but wanted to provide for opportunity for athletes in the area. We train Swimmers and Water polo athletes.
 As for my approach to training and competition it is a little different for our kids as opposed to our older athletes.
For our kids its about fostering love and enjoyment for the sport – obviously winning is the cherry on top – but winning is not the goal. Our older athletes have a bit more focus on competition although its ultimately about developing and improving ones own ability. Our ladies club is amongst the top and contains a few national athletes as well. Its an absolute pleasure training them.
Our age range is – from 7/8 upwards

Q: You have travelled outside SA before, what are your highlights of these travels,  and what does travelling do for your mindset/ perspective on things?

It’s a huge eye opener. Having the opportunity to play for your country is a huge honour. It’s also always so exciting being able to visit and experience new places. As for perspective and mindset. I believe it does develop you as an individual. It’s just so amazing to see what each country is able to give to water polo. Some places are just mind blowing.

Q: How do you manage to fit in sports and work  into your schedule?

I think one needs to make time. I’m fortunate to have a lot of flexible hours so it’s not too bad to fit training in. I run my own club so if I can’t get to train I can do it there!

Q: Beside your water polo what do you have a passion for?

I can be a little nerd at times playing games. But I love to cook!

Q: What do you do to relax?

Play PlayStation, watch TV, visit friends and cook

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Humble in victory, lessons to learn in defeat

Q: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

Water polo has many facets to the sport. Keeping each point up there takes a lot of time training and assessment.

Q: When you’ve had a tough day, what lifts you up again?

My girlfriend has also played at the top level of water polo. So Claire knows me quite well and always is able to be the shoulder to lean on. I also have two good team mates that are able to just lift the spirits.

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Q: I’m sure you have many things going on right now, what’s to be expected next from you?

Complete my PGCE and Masters in Sports Science.

Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

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Book Review – GH&H – Hosea Ramphekwa

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When I first met this fresh and hungry young Proudly South African, author, sports journalist and motivational speaker, I was amazed by his passion, fire and determination to be a world changer and history maker for the glory of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This book by Hosea Ramphekwa “Gifted Hunted & Haunted”, is brilliantly written and such a motivation, especially for our youth in general and our young athletes.

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The book really spoke to me on so many different levels. It is an inspiration with a firm challenge for all of us to step into our rightful place as talented, gifted children of God. It explores why gifted and people feel burdened and overwhelmed at times and provide solutions to overcome these and live life to the fullest, as conquerors and victors.

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Ramphekwa truly finds a fresh and youthful ways to visit old topics. He has such an ease and conversational tone with which he connects to the readers that once you start reading you just want to finish.

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Below are just some of the gems of wisdom that this young author puts out for us in this stirring book:

“Interestingly, as much as the evil one does his best to mess up many gifted people, the Giver of Gifts is also doing His best to ensure that His plans and purposes continue unabated”.

On disciplining our children “the ministry of rod and prayer worked wonders”.

Parents ought to “pray and prophesy over your children and their destiny. Decorate their future with blissful and blessed declarations”.

“Fear makes you run from something that is not after you”.

“Gifted people need to work extra hard on their gifts in order to excel”.

“We have a society that is lazy to read, that’s why libraries are not as packed at clubs”.

“Sometimes you need people to despise you so that you can always strive to do better and prove them wrong……Keep every stone critics thow at you – you will need them to lay a foundation”.

“God gave you the gifts to serve your generation and beyond”.

“There is no need to fear the enemy. God will protect his gifted folk….God’s desire is to give life. John 10:10 says, I have come that they may have life, and that they have it more abundantly”.

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To get hold of the book or the author:

What others have said about the book here.

Hosea Ramphekwa

Mobile: 072502 6727

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Skype: Hosea Phaegane Ramphekwa

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Website: www.hosearamphekwa.co.za

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Up-Close with Devon Myles Brown

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Devon Myles William Brown, is on a roll, on an unstoppable siege as he takes the world by storm at many a local and international Swim Championships. Myles is one, who without much fuss and ado just gets on with the job at hand, and chips away daily as he works towards his dream of Rio Olympics 2016.

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Devon Myles William Brown, is on a roll, on an unstoppable siege as he takes the world by storm

In April this year he broke SA’s longest standing swimming record (Ryk’s) when he won the 400m freestyle at the SA National Aquatic Championships in Durban. He is a very talented young man who has had his share of hardship in the swimming arena, but has risen all the way to the top and has just been going from strength to strength. What a lessons and an inspiration this is for our youth!

I admire his wonderful work ethic. He attributes this to his parents who instilled in him some core values like determination and always putting in 100% toward all that he does. This paid off very well when he passed his matric year with 6 distinctions while not slacking on his swimming. A deep thinker with a passion with life, Devon Myles Brown is really one of SA’s golden boys who will go down in our history books as a great and inspirational champion.

INTERVIEW:

You have caused quite a stir and is much admired in SA and globally for your swimming, tell me a little bit about how you started of in swimming and your journey in the swimming arena up to now?

I’ve always been a water baby, from when I was a youngster I was always trying to get into the water, no matter the weather…It was probably when my parents found me at the bottom of the pool, not due to their negligence but my perseverance to get into the water, that they decided it was time I became water safe. And since then I have always enjoyed the water where my passion and love for the sport has been ever growing.

I’ve always been a water baby, from when I was a youngster I was always trying to get into the water, no matter the weather…

I’ve always been a water baby, from when I was a youngster I was always trying to get into the water, no matter the weather…

What is the highest accolade you have received in swimming and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

Probably my Commonwealth bronze medal for the 4x200m freestyle relay, but my greatest personal accomplishment would definitely be breaking Ryk Neethling’s Long and Short course 400m Freestyle national records, especially the one in Durban recently in April. It came at a time when it was most needed for me personally, as I was going through a really difficult stage in my swimming career.

...but my greatest personal accomplishment would definitely be breaking Ryk Neethling’s Long and Short course 400m Freestyle national records.

…but my greatest personal accomplishment would definitely be breaking Ryk Neethling’s Long and Short course 400m Freestyle national records.

Do you have any specific regimens or rituals in swimming? Maybe a particular diet / training method that can be partially attributed to your success?

I think all swimmers are superstitious with their rituals, but it seems as soon as I find one I swim badly haha… But for me it’s more my routine, and then a couple other small things that I like to do before the race, maybe a lucky pair of underwear haha. With regards to my diet I am not very strict, but I always try eat healthy and I always try my best to give 110% both in the pool and the gym, although Graham might disagree, haha.

You have travelled outside SA many times before, what are you highlights and what does travelling do for your mindset/ perspective on things?

It’s always amazing seeing and trying new things but its not as glamorous as it all sounds. Often we arrive the day before a swim meet and leave sometimes the night we finish so we don’t always get to see the cities we stay in. Although when we do, its great to experience the different cultures and you always learn new things. For sure, experiencing in new places takes a little off the swimming side of things and sometimes gives you something other than swimming to focus on, which is nice. I always learn so much when I travel and I still do learn new things every time.

It’s always amazing seeing and trying new things.

It’s always amazing seeing and trying new things.

Conclusion of the Monaco leg of our trip with dinner hosted by the Prince and Princess.

Conclusion of the Monaco leg of our trip with dinner hosted by the Prince and Princess.

How do you manage to fit in both sports and academics into your schedule?

It is very tough but can be done, I do struggle a lot trying to fit in academics amongst all my swimming commitments but I am always trying, it is all to do with time management!!!

Beside your swimming what do you have a passion for?

I really enjoy the investments side of business and learning new things. On top of my swimming I always like to be active, so I really enjoy my surfing and golf. The beach is always a great place to just relax both physically and mentally.

 

On top of my swimming I always like to be active, so I really enjoy my surfing and golf.

On top of my swimming I always like to be active, so I really enjoy my surfing and golf.

Golfing to relax

Golfing to relax

Tell me one thing about yourself that the world does not know?

Hahaha, it would probably be that I am very quiet and an introverted person, so often I think people take it as me being upset, in a bad mood or arrogant even, which is not the case I hope…it just means that generally I have a lot on my mind. Its something I’m quite self-conscious about because it can make me seem unapproachable to a lot of people. So I’m sorry if I seem that way haha!

Hahaha, it would probably be that I am very quiet and an introverted person, so often I think people take it as me being upset, in a bad mood or arrogant even, which is not the case I hope…

What does the world not know about you? “Hahaha, it would probably be that I am very quiet and an introverted person, so often I think people take it as me being upset, in a bad mood or arrogant even, which is not the case I hope…”

What do you do to relax?

Take naps haha, its always great chilling around the pool or the beach with some friends or even playing a round of golf with my dad!

Supportive family. Myles with Dad - Malcolm and brother Matt.

Supportive family. Myles with Dad – Malcolm and brother Matt.

Which athlete/ athletes inspire you?

Definitely Roger Federer, he is so talented on and off the court, well mannered and dresses very well! Muhammad Ali, for his mental power that he had over his opponents! And obviously Michael Phelps and Grant Hackett for how they changed the sport of swimming!

What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

There are always so many but the one that really stands out this past year or so has been, “The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens…don’t give up”

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Life is too short to worry about the silly things in life; always do what you love and you will be happy. If something goes wrong you’re only allowed 5 minutes to be upset then its over and forgotten. Never do anything halfheartedly, always give of your best and never give up on your dreams no matter how big or small they appear to be.

Living away from home / travelling extensively is a sacrifice, in this situation, what does it feel like? / what grounds you/ what becomes your touchstone to remind you that the sacrifice is worth it?

Travelling is very tough but it needs to be done especially for racing. We need to race the best in the world. In the end if you want to win medals at big competitions you have to beat the best and what better way to do that than to continuously race them and learn from your losses. I am so blessed to have an amazingly supportive family, girlfriend and group of friends, who are always in my corner and really want me to achieve my dreams. So it is always really helpful having people around you that want you to succeed and are on the same mission as you. This is also what makes Seagulls Swimming Club so great! But in the end, you cannot do this for anyone else but yourself, otherwise the pressures will crush you. If you know in your heart that you are giving your best and making the sacrifices to achieve your goals and dreams, then one day it will all be worth it. For me, it has been my childhood dream to compete against the best at the Olympic Games!!

I am so blessed to have an amazingly supportive family, girlfriend and group of friends, who are always in my corner and really want me to achieve my dreams. - Mom Jean in Middle

I am so blessed to have an amazingly supportive family, girlfriend and group of friends, who are always in my corner and really want me to achieve my dreams. – Mom Jean in Middle

 

Looking smart with girlfriend Tess Williams

Looking smart with girlfriend Tess Williams

What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

Probably the mental side of sports… they say in training its 90% physical and 10% mental, and when you race its 90% mental and 10% physical which I think is so true. So this has been a major challenge for me but I continue to work on it and try improve all the time.

Biggest Challenge: "Probably the mental side of sports… they say in training its 90% physical and 10% mental, and when you race its 90% mental and 10% physical which I think is so true".

Biggest Challenge: “Probably the mental side of sports… they say in training its 90% physical and 10% mental, and when you race its 90% mental and 10% physical which I think is so true”.

When an athlete hits some “hard / difficult patch” in their sports career, what goes through your mind at that time? What advice can you give other young athletes in this regard?

It always seems like you hit more difficult patches than anyone else ever has but everyone goes through them, and no one goes through them at the same time. It is almost a guarantee that you will experience this at least once or twice in your swimming career and it really sucks to be honest – haha but its not about how many times you can get hit but how many times you can keep getting hit and still get back up. Fall down 7 times get up 8!! Always do what makes you happy and if you have a passion for that sport and love it, it will make those difficult patches a lot easier to handle. Just keep pushing on and don’t give up because pain is temporary but quitting lasts forever!

About Hard Times: "Fall down 7 times get up 8!! Always do what makes you happy and if you have a passion for that sport and love it, it will make those difficult patches a lot easier to handle".

About Hard Times: “Fall down 7 times get up 8!! Always do what makes you happy and if you have a passion for that sport and love it, it will make those difficult patches a lot easier to handle”.

When you’ve had a tough / bad day, what lifts you up again?

Music always helps and also trying new things is always fun. Try forgetting about it because you cannot change what has happened in the past, do something that gets your mind off of things!

I’m sure you have many things going on right now, what’s to be expected next from you?

I try not to think about that kind of stuff, just trying to take it one step at a time!

Anything else you would like to share?

My name is Devon Myles William Brown, but most people know me as Myles. The reason for this is that it is a family tradition that the first-born son of each generation is called by their second name as well as taking the name William. So my first name is Devon but everyone calls my Myles, which sometimes causes a lot of confusion, haha.

My name is Devon Myles William Brown, but most people know me as Myles. The reason for this is that it is a family tradition that the first-born son of each generation is called by their second name as well as taking the name William.

My name is Devon Myles William Brown, but most people know me as Myles. The reason for this is that it is a family tradition that the first-born son of each generation is called by their second name as well as taking the name William.

Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your sports and academic journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

Thank you so much for this opportunity and I really appreciate those kind words!!!

 

With girlfriend Tess

With girlfriend Tess

Sweet sweet victory!

Sweet sweet victory!

Surfing to relax

Surfing to relax

Favourite City? - Monaco

Favourite City? – Monaco

Good friends

Good friends

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Swimming mates

Swimming mates

 

Athlete: Bio / Stats
Name & Surname Myles Brown
Nick Name Myloz
Date of birth 21 May 1992
Place of birth Westville, Durban
Current City Kloof, Durban
Height 188cm
Weight 80kg
Shoe Size 10
Club Seagulls Swimming Club
Coach’s Name Graham Hill and Delon Dannhauser
Out of Country events/ meets Tri-Nations Series( Perth-Australia); Mare Nostrum Series 2011-2015(Barcelona, Canet France, Monaco); All Africa Games 2010(Morocco), 2012(Kenya); World Championships LC 2013(Barcelona), 2015(Kazan, Russia); World Championships SC 2012(Istanbul, Turkey), 2014(Doha, Qatar); Commonwealth Games 2014(Glasgow, Scotland); World Cup Series (Dubai, Doha, Eindhoven-Netherlends, Berlin, Moscow, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo) 2013,2014
Secondary Sport/ sports Golf, Water skiing, and Surfing
Favorite City Monaco
Favorite Song/ type of music I enjoy a very wide variety of music but right now I’m really enjoying a genre called Future Garage (very relaxed haha)
Favorite Movie This is always so tough, between Troy, most comic movies (Avengers, Ironman, Batman etc)
School & Grade Highbury Preparatory School, Kearsney College
Tertiary Inst Name & Year Damelin Correspondence College
Tertiary degree/ diploma Commercial Law
Sponsors Arena International, Sanlam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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