SPU goes global

2017-07-19 06:05
Selvyn Cloete (23) was selec-ted to be part of the USSA national team.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Selvyn Cloete (23) was selec-ted to be part of the USSA national team.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Selvyn Cloete (23), a first year student in Retailing at the Sol Plaatje University (SPU), is proud to be inclu-ded in the University Sports of South Africa’s (USSA) national tennis team.

Being selected as team captain, he will lead a team of 16 tennis players of different institutions to Tapei, China, from 19 to 30 August.

The USSA delegation consists of ten other sports codes, with a total delegation of 180. The delegation will represent the country at the 29th Summer Universiade, also known as the World Student Games.

Cloete is excited for the opportunity and plans to give it his all.

He reveals that it was initially his goal to grow in sports at this stage, as he has been putting more effort into his training sche-
dules the last few weeks ahead of the selections earlier in February this year.

“It was my plan and I am glad that I achieved it, although it was challenging given the rate of competition that I was facing within my SPU team,” Cloete says.

“But I am aware that this is only the beginning of my journey, so I am planning to work harder to stay in the team permanently.”

According to Cloete, they will be going for trials for every national or internatio-nal tournament that they participate in.

“This is why concentration and hard work is the key to each player’s success.”

According to Cloete’s coach, Nolan van der Merwe, it is a big achievement to have representation in the USSA team, as the SPU team is still highly inexperienced.

“This is good news to us, as it is the SPU team’s first year in existence and we are still in the process of building a strong team,” Van der Merwe says.

However, he hopes Cloete will set a good example to other sports participants in showing them that they can indeed reach national and international level.

“We will give him the necessary support as the university and work on improving his capabilities in all areas as necessary.”

USSA prides itself on being an organisation that conti-nues to produce world-class athletes who take part in events of this magnitude and calibre and are better prepared to take on the rest of the world.

Evidence shows that for many sports codes, university sports forms the core of the senior teams that continue to represent South Africa globally.

Talented student athletes, high performance programmes, sport facilities, financial investment and leadership provided by members, universities, corporates, parents, alumni, and the university community, continue to play a big role.

USSA further prides itself on producing a number of prominent athletes such as Penny Heyns, Hezekiel Sepeng and Wayde van Niekerk since its formation 20 years ago.

Athletes have the opportunity to compete at Univer­siades and go on to achieve higher honours in the Olympic Games and World Championships.

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