Crawford honours sportsmen and women

2013-11-12 00:00

CRAWFORD College La Lucia honoured their sportsmen and women at the annual sports awards evening last week.

The guest of honour was Jacques Botes, the most capped Sharks player of all time. He gave a speech that encouraged everyone present.

He emphasised the importance of self belief, focusing on goals and persevering to reach those goals. He said there were no short cuts to sporting success. He said it developed life skills, teaching people how to work as a team, how to display humility and deal with success as well as failure.

Character was another aspect he touched on, saying everyone was different and although people came to the end of their sporting careers, their character stayed the same and was always remembered.

For the college, it was time for reflection on what had been a successful sporting year. Many pupils were recognised for what they had accomplished.

There were those though, who stood out, none more so than Bianca Birkenstock and Joshua Letschert.

Bianca, a Grade 11 pupil, made history in being the school’s first recipient of the white Summa Cum Laude blazer for her outstanding year. Besides being Sportswoman of the Year, she won trophies for netball and tennis and this year alone, made SA U17 tennis, KZN U17 tennis, KZN U17 netball, KZN U17 action netball, KZN U17 athletics and KZN U17 cross-country.

Sportsman of the year, Joshua, a Grade 12 pupil going to Stellenbosch University next year, was recognised as the rugby and waterpolo player of the year.

His achievements this year include 1st team rugby (2011-2013), KZN U18 Craven Week rugby trials, KZN Schools’ U18 sevens rugby extended squad (he withdrew for academic purposes), vice-captain of the 1st soccer team, 1st team hockey (2012-13), member of the athletics team, and captain of the school’s 1st swimming and waterpolo teams.

The Junior Sportswoman and Sportsman were Siobhan McAlery and Myron Moodley. Kriyanka Naidoo and Georgina Wilson received honours blazers. Kriyanka’s blazer was re-awarded to her.

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