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2016-03-16 06:00
Cassandra Day   competes for the U17 South  Africa  water polo team.  Photo: supplied

Cassandra Day competes for the U17 South Africa water polo team. Photo: supplied

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KINGSWAY High pupil, Cassandra Day, has been chosen to represent South Africa in water polo. Recently, Cassandra scored two goals when SA played Zimbabwe, contributing to SA beating them 7-2.

Fever interviewed her prior to her tour with the SA team to Denmark.
“I started playing at Athlone Park Primary School with Miss Champion in Grade 5.
“I was never really good at water polo, but in Grade 8 I was selected for the KZN U13 team and I have been playing ever since,” she said.

Cassandra, now in Grade 12, first tried for the SA team two years ago and competed for SA in the U16 category in Serbia. Serbia is considered the top country for water polo for men.
Cassandra is a year younger for her grade and she is now competing in the U17 team.

She is the Kingsway High water polo captain of the first team and besides training at her school, attributes her success to many opportunities to train with the national coach at Westville Boys’ High.

“I practice for three hours on a Monday and a Wednesday, and I play third division in the men’s league on Tuesday at Glenwood Boys,” she added.

Cassandra hopes to use the opportunity presented at Denmark to be noticed by the other countries represented and obtain a bursary.
“I have no idea what I would like to study yet, but I definitely want to continue playing water polo,” she said.

Her advice to youngsters is that you have to love the sport to be able to enjoy it, go to practices and “find the right coach”.

“Don’t be discouraged if you don’t succeed straight away - it is all about learning. I play different positions, that was my first time playing hole man and I would not mind playing this position.
“I take advice from my coach, he does not sugar-coat things. If a coach does not care, he won’t correct you. A good coach encourages you to achieve the best to your ability,” she said.

“The teamwork of the game is really encouraging. In the last game I played centre forward ‘hole man’ on the right, because I am left handed.
“This is a big advantage because I am the only left-handed person on my team,” she said.

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