Sport icon visits Tongaat

2017-03-09 06:00
At a meeting to welcome sport icon Steve Gopal to Tongaat were (from left) Ashok Kassie (records clerk), Guru Ramcharan (Tonver president), Gopal and Tito Moodley.Photo: supplied At a meeting to welcome sport icon Steve Gopal to Tongaat were (from left) Ashok Kassie (records clerk), Guru Ramcharan (Tonver president), Gopal and Tito Moodley.

At a meeting to welcome sport icon Steve Gopal to Tongaat were (from left) Ashok Kassie (records clerk), Guru Ramcharan (Tonver president), Gopal and Tito Moodley.Photo: supplied At a meeting to welcome sport icon Steve Gopal to Tongaat were (from left) Ashok Kassie (records clerk), Guru Ramcharan (Tonver president), Gopal and Tito Moodley.

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AWELL-KNOWN sporting icon of Tongaat, Steve Gopal, visited his home town recently.

Gopal left Tongaat to settle in New Zealand over 25 years ago and visits Tongaat at least once a year.

On his latest visit, Gopal made it his duty to visit the members of the Tonver executive committee.

Gopal’s yeomen efforts in the development of school sports in Tongaat are well known. He left a legacy of sporting excellence which stretches over three decades from the sixties to the eighties, winning accolades for both his alma mater Tongaat Secondary School and his town of Ton-gaat.

Gopal will also be remembered as the father of Tongaat volleyball, which he nurtured and developed, producing both provincial and national players of the highest calibre.

Today, many of his protégés are running different sports organisations in Tongaat.

After meeting with the chairperson of the Tonver school’s structure, Guru Ramcharan, he expressed his delight that his products are keeping the sporting flag flying high in both the Tongaat and Verulam areas.

Gopal was impressed by the level of commitment shown by teachers in both these areas to further sport at school level against all odds.

Gopal was hopeful that the powers-that-be will see the wisdom of returning physical education teachers to their rightful places at all public schools in the near future.

Ramcharan was delighted at the sudden visit from his mentor and sporting hero. He thanked Gopal for his wise words shared and for the walk down memory lane.

Ramcharan said: “Steve Gopal will always be remembered as a sporting icon who made an indelible mark on the sporting canvass of Tongaat. He was saddened by the demise of physical education teachers in the schools. He truly believes that physical education was a compulsory consideration that should not have been left out of the school curriculum.”

- Weekly Reporter

 

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