A quest for the green and gold

2016-04-20 06:00
PHOTO: supplied In action, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School’s Erin Green taking part in a recent gala, she has just been selected for the U19 Midlands swimming team.

PHOTO: supplied In action, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School’s Erin Green taking part in a recent gala, she has just been selected for the U19 Midlands swimming team.

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ALWAYS motivating and encouraging others, Erin Green is sure to make a splash in life.

A Grade 12 pupil at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School, Green is drying off after a busy first term captaining the school’s swim team.

The aquatic pupil will also head up the schools water polo team.

“I enjoy the social aspect of both sports. And it helps me to escape from the common stresses of daily school pressures.” she explained.

In the last week, it was announced that she had just been selected for the U19 Midlands swimming team and she is hoping to get the nod at the upcoming senior water polo trials happening in the near future.

And having represented the Midlands U16 for both water disciplines, she dreams of the chance to represent both her province and country in the years ahead. The decorated young lady was recently honoured with colours for both swimming and water polo at school.

Perfecting the ‘fly stroke’ and owning the position of fetch in polo, the youngster said, “The feeling I most associate with my sports is the feeling you get after working so hard for something and achieving your goal, it is a feeling of accomplishment. I love being around water, I am energised by it!”

Asked who she most admires she admits, “That’s easy, the home-grown talent of South Africa’s very own swimming legend, Chad le Clos. He is a machine in the water, constantly striving to do better. I also respect his work ethics. I also look up to Australian polo player, Gemma Beadsworth. I love her style of play, how determined she is in the pool. Whenever she gets the ball up-front, she sparks excitement in amongst her team.”

“And of course, my mother. She is my number one supporter. My dad is an avid cyclist, and he was a very good hockey and badminton player in his younger days. My mom is the support system behind us all!”

Away from the pool, she loves outdoor activities and spending quality time with friends and family. She is focusing on doing an education degree with the focus swinging towards her passion, sports.

“I have and have had some amazing and dedicated sports coaches in my schooling career who have given me the drive I have today. In years to come, I hope to have the same impact my coaches have had on me, to be able to make a difference!”

Heading up the sports department, Taryn de Winnaar enthuses, “Erin is an extremely conscientious child. She assumes responsibility easily and she never lets anyone down. As a leader, she always puts others first and despite the situation, she is always able to remain positive. As a sportswoman Erin is dedicated and disciplined. She works incredibly hard, always pushing herself to be better. As a result she performs at a consistently high level in all her sports.”

The matric student is recharging her batteries in the winter months as she prepares for her school swan song in her final season in the pool for Pietermaritzburg Girls High School.

Martizburg’s water sport enthusiast, Erin Green is a name to watch in future years as she prepares to dive into bigger pools in her quest for the green and gold costume.

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