Jaydon brings home gold

2014-09-11 00:00

A WESTVILLE boy has brought back gold after being the only one from Durban selected to represent South Africa at the Badminton 2014 Under 15 Championship.

Jaydon Beru (15), a Grade 9 pupil at Durban High School, was ecstatic after his team were placed first in the competition, held in Uganda. “We were surprised at first, but it was quite nice and took a while to sink in. This time the competition was fairly good. Uganda put up quite a fight. They were vicious, but Mauritius were the hardest; they were so sad when we beat them,” he added.

Jaydon has been playing badminton for two years. “I also have been playing drums for two years, but I prefer badminton. I practise four times a week and two hours a day.

“On weekends, I go to the movies with my friends, just relax or go training with my coach Ivan Botha. I’m thankful for everything he has taught me.”

He aspires to be an engineer or architect after he has completed his studies.

His role model is older brother Joash. “He does long jump. We are quite a sporty family but my favourite subject at school is physics.”

Jaydon said he was happy when he found out he had been the only one selected in Durban to join the team. “There were three boys and three girls, all from different parts of South Africa. We had to become accustomed to each other fast.”

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