Maritzburg College pupils selected for 4x4 champs in London

2016-05-04 06:00
PHOTO: nicole john Matt Cornelius (left) and Bevan Roets re-make history this year when they jet off to London to compete in the 4x4 in Schools World Championships against 40 countries.

PHOTO: nicole john Matt Cornelius (left) and Bevan Roets re-make history this year when they jet off to London to compete in the 4x4 in Schools World Championships against 40 countries.

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TWO Grade 11 pupils from Maritzburg College are making history this year when they jet off from 2 to 8 July to London to compete in the 4x4 in Schools World Championships against 40 countries.

Bevan Roets (16) and Matt Cornelius (16) under the guidance of their teacher, Ben Bosch, together with their two teammates and teacher from Johannesburg will be flying the South African flag high as this is the first time the country participates in the championship.

Bosch said he saw potential in the boys from the beginning as they were always interested in his class, engineering, graphics and design.

“They are two of the boys who showed the most interest in the subject. They are always eager to work and don’t shirk responsibilities, that’s why I chose them to be a part of this great opportunity,” he said.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever the boys said they are excited to go overseas as it will be the first time out of the country for both of them.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing something new on the other side of the world and see how things are done in different countries,” said Roets.

Their team, representing Maritzburg College with red, black and white colours, is named Team Rhino South African and they will be donating a percentage of any money raised to Project Rhino KZN.

The boys have been working hard to get their designs together and have been testing the 4x4 on practice racing circuits. Some of their tasks in the event will include presentations, racing, car designs and a team assessment.

The team are grateful to their sponsors at Peter Caley and Brendon Meintjies at Land Rover, Wessel van Heerden at Solid Works and Brian Bullock at Rapid 3D. Land Rover is a major sponsor of the international competition, and the Pietermaritzburg branch has donated R15 000 to the team for their expenses.

The boys will be showcasing their work at the upcoming Maritzburg College Reunion Day where they will also be fund-raising for their trip. They are still looking for donations and sponsorships as the trip will cost R80 000.

For more information, find Team Rhino South Africa on Facebook.

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