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The 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championships – Day 4

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The Gauteng Schools became the undisputed winners of the 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championships

Polokwane, Thursday, 13th April 2017  – The Gauteng Province Schools were the undisputed winners of the 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championships with a total of 154 medals (74 gold, 48 silver and 32 bronze), as the competition successfully concluded today at the Polokwane Swimming Pool in Limpopo.

The event, which was organized by Sport and Recreation South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, Swimming South Africa and National Schools Aquatics, has seen four days of fast times and great potential from both schools and swimming clubs.

The first race of the afternoon was the 400m freestyle, which saw the men’s gold medals going to KZN’s Leshen Pillay (13) in 4:58.43 and Gauteng’s Janco Rademeyer (17) in 4:26.62, while the winning ladies were Free State’s Chloe le Roux (13) in 4:49.75 and Mpumalanga’s Jordyn Minifie (16) in 4:44.54.

Pillay also scooped the bronze medal in the 100m butterfly in 1:11.69.

North West’s Pieter Coetze (13) was victorious on two occasions, clocking the fastest times in both the 50m backstroke and 100m butterfly in 31.17 and 1:05.40, while the remaining age group gold medals went to Gauteng’s William Roos (12),  Mpumalanga’s Giano dos Santos (15) and Limpopo’s Heinrich Strydom (17) in 33.57, 29.91 and 28.87, respectively.

The ladies’ hotly contested 50m backstroke saw some amazing swims from KZN’s Ashley Ebing (12) and Cara Message (13), Eastern Cape’s Alexia Velde (14) and Chloe Velde (16), who won their age group races in 34.88, 33.82, 32.25 and 31.71.

There were fast times in the 100m butterfly with Gauteng’s Kian Keylock (12), Western Cape’s Eugene van der Merwe (15) and Limpopo’s Ivan Beukes (17)  bagging the gold in their respective age categories in 1:11.03, 1:01.46 and 58.58, while on the ladies’ side, the first places went to KZN’s Emma Christianson (12) in 1:11.26, Free State’s Luchelle Oosthuizen (13) in 1:12.15, North West’s Idele du Toit (15) in 1:09.32 and Western Cape’s Kristen Straszacker (17) in 1:06.97.

Ending the event with three gold medals was Gauteng’s Thulane Mabuza (S10), adding the multi-disability 100m backstroke to his tally in 1:19.22, while Mpumalanga’s Naysi Strauss (S14) won her respective race in 2:00.75.

In the 50m multi-disability freestyle, the gold was claimed by Western Cape’s Adin Pieters (S15) in 30.50, with the ladies’ first places going to Mpumalanga’s Gene Prinsloo (S14) in 51.46 and Gauteng’s Bongekile Sabeka (S10) in 37.99.

Final Medal Table:

Position Province Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Gauteng Schools 74 48 32 154
2. KZN Aquatics 38 36 35 109
3. Mpumalanga 12 14 16 42
4. Free State Schools 12 14 13 39
5. Eastern Cape Aquatics 9 8 9 26
6. Limpopo Schools 7 13 14 34
7. Western Cape Schools Association 6 13 21 40
8. North West Swimming 5 4 3 12

 

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The 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championships – Day 3

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Day 03 of the 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championships

Polokwane, Wednesday, 12th April 2017  – The National SA Schools Championships swimming action continued at the Polokwane Town Swimming Pool in Limpopo tonight (Wednesday, 12th April 2017) and SA’s talented youth persisted on their quest for glory.

Gauteng schools dominated the pool once again with a total 126 medals (63 gold, 38 silver and 25 bronze), while KZN Aquatics came a close second with 88 medals (32 gold, 28 silver and 28 bronze), and the Free State schools third with 31 medals (10 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze).

The fast 50m freestyle event lived up to expectations when Gauteng’s Willem Roos (12), Free State’s Simeon Vorster (13), KZN’s Lucas Beukes (15) and Gauteng’s Jan Moll (16) all touched the wall with golden times of 29.00, 27.53, 25.31 and 24.42, as the ladies who brought home the title were KZN’s Emma Christianson (12), Mpumalanga’s Brooklyn Croxon (13), Free State’s Alida van der Merwe (14) and Eastern Cape’s Lesley Blignaut (17) in 29.93, 27.99, 27.97 and 27.55, respectively.

12 year old Elijah Dredge from Gauteng claimed victory in the 200m backstroke event in 2:36.52, with the other wins in the various categories going to teammates Joshua Neuhoff (13) in 2:38.86 and Ethan Spieker (15) in 2:15.20 as well as Free State’s Cullen Thomas (17) in 2:16.16.

In the ladies 200m backstroke, the champions were Dieu van Jaarsveld (12) in 2:42.18, KZN’s Courtney Steyn (13) in 2:32.10, Eastern Cape’s Tayla Botha (15) in 2:31.04 and Gauteng’s Janie Coetzer (16) in 2:27.96.

Gauteng’s Benke Grobler (12), KZN’s Ozzy Aromin (13), Free State’s Luan de Waal (15) and Gauteng’s Michael Deans (16) finished first in the 200m breaststroke in 2:52.20, 2:46.72, 2:34.86 and 2:30.46, while the ladies who grabbed the gold in their respective age group races were Gauteng’s Michaela dal Medico (12), KZN’s Emma Kuhn (13), Gauteng’s Gabriella Moll (14) and Mpumalanga’s Jordyn Minifie (16) in 2:57.96, 2:50.13, 2:49.88 and 2:48.09, respectively.

There was plenty to celebrate in the multi-disability events with Mpumalanga’s Shane le Roux (13), Gauteng’s Slindokuhle Mabanga (18) and Bongekile Sabeka (19) winning the 100m breaststroke in 2:53.86, 1:19.24 and 1:52.90, respectively.

Gauteng’s Pierre Dellieu bagged his third gold medal of the competition in the S14-15 50m butterfly in 26.86, while KZN’s Simone Mare (16) won the S1-13 race in 50.48.

The 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championships, which is organized by Sport and Recreation South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, Swimming South Africa and National Schools Aquatics, will conclude tomorrow with the heats starting at 09h00 and the finals at 15h00.

 

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The 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championships – Day 2

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Day 02 of the 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championships

Polokwane, Tuesday, 11th April 2017  – South Africa’s rising talent continued to shine during the second day of the 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championships taking place at the Polokwane Town Swimming Pool in Limpopo.

After two days of competition, Gauteng Province is in the lead with a total of 84 medals (41 gold, 26 silver and 17 bronze), followed by KZN with 59 medals (23 gold, 19 silver and 17 bronze) and Mpumalanga with 25 medals (6 gold, 11 silver and 8 bronze).

Free State’s Luan de Waal was a regular on the medal podium with a gold in the 100m breaststroke (14-15) in 1:09.41 and a silver in the 200m individual medley in 2:20.81, while 13 year old Brooklyn Croxon from Mpumalanga bagged two gold medals in the 100m breaststroke in 1:18.02 and the 100m freestyle in 1:02.70.

Gauteng’s Ryan Zasas (13) and Eastern Cape’s Alex Goddard (17) were also two times lucky on the night, with Zasas winning two gold medals in the 100m freestyle in 59.88 and the 200m individual medley in 2:30.50, while Goddard walked away with gold in the freestyle race clocking 54.07 and later won the bronze in the 50m butterfly in 27.05.

Eastern Cape’s Lesley Blignaut was fast off the block in the 100m freestyle finishing first in 59.56 and in the 50m butterfly; the 17 year old managed a silver medal clocking 29.90, while youngster Kian Keylock (12) from Gauteng won the 200m individual medley in 2:45.22 and the 50m butterfly in 32.43.

It was gold and silver for 12 year old Amy Muller from Gauteng, winning the 200m individual medley in 2:41.80 and finishing second in the 50m butterfly in 32.17, while KZN’s 13 year old Ambrin Pienaar claimed victory in her medley race in 2:37.52 and later won the silver in the 50m butterfly in 32.16.

The 100m breaststroke proved highly entertaining with Gauteng’s Benke Grobler winning the 11-12 age group category in 1:19.18, followed by Western Province’s Keeno Swarts (1:23.72) and Rafeeq Isaac (1:25.02), while in the 13 age group race KZN’s Ozzy Aromin swam to victory in 1:16.57 ahead of teammate Myles Lea (1:19.32) and Free State’s Cobus Moolman (1:22.24).

The top spots in the remaining 100m breaststroke events went to Gauteng’s Michael Deans (16) in 1:08.10, KZN’s Simei Bekker (11) in 1:21.07, Mpumalanga’s Kayla Schefermann (15) in 1:18.20 and KZN’s Emma Huxtable (16) in 1:18.98.

The fast times continued in the 100m freestyle as Gauteng’s Willem Roos (12) won his race in 1:03.90, while fellow teammate Ethan Spieker (15) grabbed the gold in his category in 54.43.  The ladies’ gold medals went to Gauteng’s Dieu van Jaarsveld (12) in 1:04.87 and Kelsea Munro (15) in 1:02.62.

Mpumalanga’s Giano dos Santos (15) and Eastern Cape’s Damien Fourie (16) bagged gold medals in their respective 200m individual medley event in 2:19.06 and 2:20.07, while the ladies’ first places went to KZN’s Tori Oliver (14) and Gauteng’s Jesica Smit (17) in 2:34.07 and 2:28.11, respectively.

Oliver also went on to win the 50m butterfly in 30.37.

In the 50m butterfly events, the gold medals were collected by Free State’s Simeon Voster (13) in 29.26, KZN’s Lucas Beukes (15) in 27.28 and Gauteng’s Jan Moll (16) in 26.38, while on the ladies’ side, KZN’s Emma Christianson (12), Limpopo’s Kristin Lottering (13) and Gauteng’s Chante Cornelius (16) won in 32.10, 31.80 and 29.51, respectively.

In the multi-disability races, Thulane Mabuza (19) continued his winning streak in the S1-13 100m freestyle with a time of 1:05.02, while Pierre Dellieu (19), who recently qualified for the Deaf Olympics during the SA National Aquatic Championships, claimed the gold in his freestyle S14-15 event in 55.79.

On the ladies’ side, Gauteng’s Bongekile Sebeka won the S1-13 100m freestyle in 1:24.63, while her Provincial teammate, Moneque Edwards was victorious in the S14-15 category in 1:34.92.

The 100m S1-13 breaststroke gold medals went to Limpopo’s Nathan Struwig (11) in 1:59.23, KZN’s Khulekani Sikhosana (17) in 42.33 and KZN’s Mnqobi Macanda (17) in 41.43, while the ladies’ titles went to Gauteng’s Bongekile Sabeka (19) in 50.50 and KZN’s Snenhlanhla Majozi (17) in 1:01.27.

The 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championships, which is organized by Sport and Recreation South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, Swimming South Africa and National Schools Aquatics, will continue tomorrow with the heats starting at 09h00 and the finals at 15h00 daily.

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The 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championships – Day 1

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The 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championships kick off in Polokwane

Polokwane, Tuesday, 11th April 2017  – Mzansi’s youth showcased tremendous skill and talent as the first day of the 2017 National SA Schools Swimming Championship kicked off at the Polokwane Town Swimming Pool in Limpopo last night, Monday, 10th April.

The event, which is organized by Sport and Recreation South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and Swimming South Africa, is aimed at promoting school sport among learners and addressing the strategic objectives of the National Development Plan.

Limpopo’s Ivan Beukes began the competition with a gold medal in the 100m backstroke (16-17) in a fast 1:00.51 and a silver medal in the 200m freestyle, clocking 2:00.57 behind Jan Moll who sped to a gold in the 200m freestyle clocking 1:58.53.

Gauteng’s Dieu van Jaarsveld also claimed two medals on the opening night with a gold in the 200m freestyle (11-12) in 2:23.20 followed by Lise Coetzee in 2:27.70 and Lisbe Booyse in 2:29.44, while in the 100m backstroke, it was silver for Van Jaarsveld in 1:16.01 ahead of Ashley Ebing in 1:16.13 and behind Tanna Harrod in 1:15.08.

In the highly competitive 200m freestyle races, the 11-12 age group category gold went to Gauteng’s Kieran Grant in 2:22.81 while silver and bronze went to Enzi Nogueira in 2:24.85 and Regardt Grobler in 2:25.76 respectively, while the 13 age group title was claimed by KZN’s Ozzy Aromin in 2:16.53 ahead of Ayden Jordaan in 2:23.34 and Kuhlekonke Mkhize in 2:28.97.

The 14-15 200m freestyle gold went to Gauteng’s Ethan Spieker in 1:59.00, followed by Robbie Drummond in 2:08.24 and Ian Brijlal in 2:08.67. The ladies’ gold went to KZN’s Tori Oliver in 2:13.75 ahead of Idele du Toit in 2:14.28 and Stephanie Houtman in 2:17.26.

Free State’s Chloe le Roux walked away with the top spot in the 200m freestyle 13 age group category race in 2:16.79 to Courtney Steyn’s 2:19.04 and Hannah Cromhout’s 2:25.60, while Gauteng’s Janie Coetzer(16) won her respective event in 2:11.98 ahead of Kristen Straszacker in 2:13.16 and Merelda Terblanche in 2:13.76.

In the 50m breaststroke (11-12) Gauteng’s Benke Grobler and Western Cape’s Rafeeq Isaac shared the gold medal in 37.56, while the bronze went to Gustav Bond in 38.94.

In the remaining 50m breaststroke events, the gold medals were scooped up by KZN’s Ozzy Aromin (13) in 34.69, Free State’s Luan de Waal (15) in 31.51, Gauteng’s Michael Deans (16) in 30.28, while the ladies’ first places went to Western Cape’s Leah Christie (12) in 37.01, Gauteng’s Caitlin de Lange (13) in 35.19, North West’s Bianca Opperman (15) in 35.63 and KZN’s Emma Huxtable (16) in 35.28.

Gauteng’s Willem Roos (12), North West’s Pieter Coetze (13) and Mpumalanga’s Giano dos Santos (15) bagged the gold medals in their respective 100m backstroke events in 1:14.24, 1:07.49 and 1:02.68, while the victorious ladies were Free State’s Guilma Lausberg (13), Eastern Cape’s Alexia Velde (14) and Chloe Velde (16) in 1:11.44, 1:10.52 and 1:08.92, respectively.

In the multi-disability section it was the Gauteng Province that led the charge in the 200m individual medley with the gold medals going to Thulane Mabuza (SM10) in 2:50.23 and Pierre Dellieu (SM15) in 2:29.27, while the 50m backstroke title went to David McKlopper (S2) in 1:37.05 and Khabisi Njobe (S15) in 41.34 as well as Karien Oberholzer (15) in 45.92.

In the remaining 50m backstroke races, Mpumalanga’s Shane le Roux (13) won the S14-15 category in 53.69; Limpopo’s Nathan Sruwig (11) was victorious in the S6 in 1:28.28, while on the ladies side, KZN’s Simone Mare (16) won her respective S9 event in 48.63.

The National SA Schools Swimming Championships will continue today with the heats starting at 09h00 and the finals at 15h00 daily.

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Gauteng gearing up to remain National School Sports Champs 10 – 15 December ’15

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Following months of fierce competition throughout the year, Team Gauteng has been assembled and is gearing up to remain the national title holders at the South African School Championships. Gauteng has been crowned champions for last three consecutive years and are determined to make it four.

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SA Schools Sports Dec 2015A total of 863 participants across 18 sporting codes make up Team Gauteng, who will shine over the 6 days of fierce competition taking place from 10 – 15 December 2015 in Tshwane. The athletes, aged between 13 and 19, are hard at work preparing for the games, preparations which include a 2 day training camp in Johannesburg from 8-9 December 2015.

Adobe Photoshop PDFThe team hopes to dominate across all 18 of the sporting codes at the games over and above those it has been excelling in in the past, including swimming, football, tennis and basketball.

At the championships held last year in Tshwane, Gauteng garnered an impressive 158 gold medals, 132 silver medals and 95 bronze medals and a total of 1279 points which earned them top spot as the nation’s young champs.

The SA School Championships are the impassioned initiative of the National Department of Sport and Recreation and the National Department of Basic Education which showcases the extraordinary sporting talents in our schools.

Says the MEC for the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Ms Faith Mazibuko, says “Gauteng are the best of the best and our track record proves it. I am incredibly proud of what our young star-athletes have achieved and anticipate their continued success in the future.”

The GPG team will ensure that Gauteng remains ‘the Enabler of Excellence’ and the ‘Home of Champions’.

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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.
Twitter and Instagram, Facebook Instagram-seanswimming22

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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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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!

BRILLIANT PHOTO CREDITS:

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Cath Wilson Photography

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THINUS MARITZ

 

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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Gauteng Schools Swimming Trials Gala 2015

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Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation is well on track as they are gathering and scouting for the province’s young members who can proudly constitute Team Gauteng for the Grand finale in December 2015 at the SA Schools Champs. This trials swimming gala took place last weekend at the stunning Boksburg Indoor Pool in Gauteng: 11- 12 September 2015. Watch this space for the final team announcement coming soon.

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From start to finish all activities of the gala ran as a well oiled machine with Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Gauteng Department of Education ,the LOC, CGA,EGA, NTS members all helpful, friendly and well organized on the beautiful and sunny Friday and the icy and freezing Saturday. That is when one says “thank you” for the wonderful indoor and heated water swimming pool at Boksburg Ekurhuleni!

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Although the competition was tough, the swimmers were looking good, smooth and on form in the water. It was encouraging to see the couches alongside their young keeps every  step of the way from warm ups to pre swim “pep talks” and debriefs!

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I was humbled and impressed by the tenacity and resilience of our brilliant Para Swimmers who was a delight to watch and the crowds cheered them on in such a moving way! Well done Brave Young Athletes of ALL ABILITIES AND AGE ALL GROUPS!

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Attending this special meet really just reminded us of the Heslop Sports Mandate of celebrating our up-and-coming young athletes.  This generation of determined young champions inspire our youth, their communities, and will ultimately make an impact on our nation. Viva young athletes!

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“The School Games programme is held in a partnership between the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts Culture and Recreation and the Gauteng Department of Education, which aim to revitalize school leagues, identify and develop talent and give players an opportunity to showcase their skills, as well as reward outstanding performance and achievements”.

The Gauteng Provincial School qualifying teams for the sporting codes of Football, Netball, Volleyball and Rugby are HERE.

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Gauteng Schools Champs crowned at Winter Games 2015

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One of the highlights of being a blogger is when you get a surprise invitation to attend and cover an event that is filled with so much spirit, pride and excitement! I am talking about last weekend’s Gauteng Provincial School Championships for the sporting codes of Football, Netball, Volleyball and Rugby. These thrilling and oh so nerve wrecking play offs took place at Hoërskool Florida & Albion Sports Complex in Florida on the Westrand on 1 and 2 August 2015. Thank you Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation for inviting Heslop Sports. From start to finish all activities ran as a well oiled machine with team members helpful, friendly and well organized.  Covering this special meet really just reminded us of the Heslop Sports mandate of celebrating our up-and-coming young athletes.  This generation of determined young champions inspire our youth, their communities, and will ultimately make an impact on our nation. Viva young athletes!

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“The School Games programme is held in a partnership between the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts Culture and Recreation and the Gauteng Department of Education, which aim to revitalize school leagues, identify and develop talent and give players an opportunity to showcase their skills, as well as reward outstanding performance and achievements”.

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Early morning Western Joburg stretched out an icy hand of welcome on one of its harshest freezing mornings ever, with the earth, wind, air, and frost showing no mercy towards the Young Athletes.

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But the best of Gauteng’s sports young talent showed no signs of being deterred by the foul weather as they were all in their element as they shined, scored, cheered and danced for their teams in the hope and expectation of being crowned Provincial Champions, going on to represent Team Gauteng at the SA National School Champs in December 2015.

The participating School teams were from the Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng regions of Gauteng. They competed for the title of provincial champions in their respective age categories.

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Winners in the 13 year old and 17 year old categories proceeds to the national level of school games champs in December 2015, with the high aim of defending Gauteng’s title as the reigning national champions for three consecutive years. What an honour for these young talented male and female players!

“Director of Sport and Recreation at the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts Culture and Recreation and, Mr Veli Mnyandu and Mr Edgar Mogadi, Deputy Director of Sport and Recreation South Africa, were amongst the officials on hand to witness the thrills and spills of the games and award certificates, medals and trophies to the participants”.

“I am highly impressed with the level of talent that Gauteng has produced, and I have the upmost confidence that these young athletes are our future spots stars and will keep Gauteng as the Home of Champions” said MEC for the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts Culture and Recreation, Ms Molebatsi Bopape.

Please FIND BELOW the list of winning school teams of the provincial school games. Teams who won gold medals in the 13 year old and 17 old categories in the four sporting codes will represent Gauteng at the National Schools Championships in December. WELL DONE! CONGRATULATIONS!

Also watch this space because schools are soon to begin competing in other sporting codes including chess, basketball, gymnastics, table tennis, swimming, hockey and cricket to complete the Gauteng Team for the national championships.

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cresi at gauteng winter games

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Winners List:

PRIMARY SCHOOLS
CODE AGE GOLD SILVER BRONZE
FOOTBALLPRIMARY Boys11 Years MAKOLA Jhb Central FinetownJHB South MatshidisoEkurhuleni South
Girls11 Years KGOMOCO Sedibeng East Meetsi a bopheloTshwane South Job MasekoGauteng East
Boys13 Years CHIEF LUTHULI Ekurhulni North EmfuleniSedibeng West MayibuyeJHB West
Girls13 Years THOPODI Gauteng East IpolokengJHB North BotlehadiTshwane West
VOLLEYBALLPRIMARY Boys11 Years TROYEVILLE Jhb East LoratongTshwane North PolokengSedibeng west
Girls11 Years TROYEVILLE Jhb East RekopantseTshwane West ZolaJHB central
Boys13 Years TROYVILLE Jhb East SBSMJHB central HlabelelaGauteng North
Girls13 Years CATHULA Ekurhuleni South ThuthuzekaniGauteng West Matsie-SteynSedibeng East
NETBALLPRIMARY Girls 11 Years WIERDAPARK Tshwane South MenloparkTshwane South RandhartEkurhuleni South
RUGBYPRIMARY Boys13 Years PIET van VUUREN Jhb North Bula DigoraTshwane South GoedehoopEkurhuleni South
SECONDARY SCHOOLS
FOOTBALLSECONDARY Boys15 Years BOPHELO JHB North Rosina SeibaneTshwane South EsokwaziSedibeng West
Girls15 Years DR. BW VILAKAZI JHB Central Chipa TabaneGauten North Winnie MandelaEkurhulni North
Boys17 Years ROSINA SEDIBANE Tshwane South Seana MarenaJHB Central Norkem ParkEkurhuleni North
Girls17 Years AURORA GIRLS JHB Central Rosina SeibaneTshwane South MohloliSedibeng East
VOLLEYBALLSECONDARY Boys15 Years SBSM JHB Central Dominican ConventJHB East MaxekeSedibeng West
Girls15 Years MAXEKE Sedibeng West MidrandJHB East LodirileGauteg West
Boys17 Years QUEENS JHB East Beverly HillsSeeding West TM LetlakeGauteng West
Girls17 Years FUMANA Ekurhuleni South PoelanoSeibeng West ThutoloreJHB West
NETBALLSECONDARY Girls 14 Years AFFIES Tshwane South NoordheuwelGauteng west DinamikaEkurhuleni South
NETBALLLSEN Girls MMH19 Years KRUGERLAAN Sedibeng East RoodeparkJhb West MagaliesskoolTshwane North
RUGBYSECONDARY Boys17 Years RHODESFIELD Ekurhuleni North KliptownJhb South LethabileTshwane South

 

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