Wykeham Collegiate sports fest a success

2013-03-26 00:00

THE Wykeham Collegiate (TWC) have held another successful U13 Sports Festival, the second of its kind run by the school.

The festival, held this weekend, is certainly growing in popularity and over 250 participants from schools all over KwaZulu-Natal travelled to TWC to take advantage of the excellent sports facilities and quality coaching.

“It proved to be an extremely positive sports festival,” said TWC’s Binks Robertson.

“The festival concentrated on pre-season build-up in hockey and netball, focusing on developing key basic ball skills, structure, coaching coaches, team work and team play.”

The netball section was run under the watchful eye of leading netball coach Di Bodley, while Robertson, who is a provincial hockey coach, an interprovincial umpire and former senior interprovincial player, headed the hockey section.

The TWC first team netball and hockey players were tasked with leading one of the junior school teams, and through their mentoring, coaching and umpiring of matches they were able to pass the knowledge of their coaches to the young schoolgirls.

The schools that attended the netball and hockey festival were Clifton Preparatory, Cowan House, Northlands Primary, Grantleigh, Huttonpark Primary, Maris Stella, Our Lady of Fatima, St Dominic’s Academy Newcastle, St Patrick’s College, The Wykeham Collegiate, Westville Primary and Virginia Preparatory.

The Most Spirited Team Trophy went to Westville Primary School.

A select number of schoolgirls identified by coaching advisors for the talent they showed throughout the festival were netballers Robyn Symons, Clarissa Strydom (both of Northlands) and Savannah Lotze (TWC), and hockey players Sarah Rich (Fatima), Kerryn Swanepoel (Westville), Lila Heath (Maris Stella) and Catia Cocciante (Cowan House).

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