DHS’s badminton boys do school and province proud

2014-08-19 00:00

BADMINTON may not be the biggest sport in the country, but four Durban High School pupils are certainly flying the sport’s flag high, doing their school and province proud.

Jaydon Beru, Muhammad Mirza, Nishay Jairaj and Tonderai Ndudzo represented their school at the SA Schools Badminton tournament held in Pretoria last weekend.

They played against the top schools in the country and ended second, after narrowly losing in the final to Paul Roos.

The boys were extremely proud to go to the tournament and it was the first time the four had competed at national level together.

Muhammad, who is the team captain, was happy with their performance, but believes they could have won.

“It was disappointing, but we were happy. It was just one point that clinched it for the other team. Next year we will be number one,” he said.

All four of the team-mates have represented their province at the sport, but all conceded that they never thought they would play the sport competitively.

“Most of us got into it by accident; we were just playing it for fun. It is a really enjoyable sport and it is the people who play that make it fun,” said Tonderai.

Their coach, Charles Moodley, believes that the spirit in the sport is what makes it special. “Badminton is like a big family; the schools travel together and support each other. Our philosophy is about building bridges, especially with other schools,” Moodley said.

The boys hope that the sport will be better supported in future and encourage others to take it up.

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