National sports honour for local girls’ school

2016-03-22 11:26
Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School has been nominated as a Sports Focus School.

Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School has been nominated as a Sports Focus School. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School has been nominated as a Sports Focus School.

A press statement from the school said this was as a result of a “rigorous selection process by the Department of Sport and Recreation”.

GHS was nominated as a Sport Focus School in the disciplines of Hockey, Basketball and Netball.

“This initiative aims to partner with selected schools to provide top school- going sportsmen and women with a strong foundation to one day compete at national level and ultimately at the 2022 Durban Commonwealth Games.

“Eight KwaZulu-Natal schools were awarded this prestigious title with GHS being the only all girls’ school selected,” said Toni Bower, spokesperson for the school.
The other local schools are:

• Maritzburg College for basketball, cricket, hockey and rugby

• Durban Boys High School for basketball

• Glenwood for athletics, hockey, rugby and football

• Dundee High for athletics

• Newcastle High for netball and soccer

• Eshowe High for hockey, rugby and netball

• Westville boys for swimming and hockey

“Supported by the Free State Sport Science Institute, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School will offer chosen candidates tailored training programmes and recovery strategies, assistance with injury prevention and management as well as guidance on the proper use of equipment and supplements. Candidates will also have access to GHS’s state-of-the-art sporting facilities, which include an indoor centre, six netball fields, heated swimming pool, artificial hockey surface and fully equipped gym,” said Bower.

She said “highly qualified and dedicated coaches” will ensure that candidates not only maintain a balance on the sports field, but also with academic and cultural endeavours.

“This … will serve to provide the best foundation upon which young sports women are most likely to succeed.”

— Witness Reporter.

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