Trout in big fish league

2018-10-11 06:01
Clement Trout, Coach of UWC, is flanked by Leandi Smith and Verno Treu, that represented South Africa in Windhoek.:

Clement Trout, Coach of UWC, is flanked by Leandi Smith and Verno Treu, that represented South Africa in Windhoek.:

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Despite losing against the Cape Peninsula University of Technology at the Varsity 7’s in Johannesburg over the weekend, the University of the Western Cape is still the number one Varsity 7’s team in South Africa.

UWC lost in their first match against neighbours CPUT by 22-15 but finished fourth in Johannesburg while CPUT finished eighth.

“The tournament was very challenging and tough. Teams were at their best and it was very competitive. I don’t think we lost the plot we were not as sharp as we should have been at critical times,” Clement Trout, Coach of UWC, said.

According to him UWC at times went outside of their system and plan and it cost them the game or made them work even harder for the result which took its toll on the players.

“The the level and intensity in Sevens is very high and you cannot afford to lose concentration at all. Yes, we would have loved to go all the way to the final however it didn’t go as we wanted.

Although we finished fourth,which is an improvement from last year’s 6th place, we are still ranked the Number One University 7s team in SA so we still have a top 4 University 7s status which indicates we still had a successful season. We will go back and regroup and start working towards making next year an even better season,” he says.

Trout, from Belhar, a sports administrator-cum-coordinator at the UWC, was one of three members of UWC who represented South Africa at the 2018 International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Rugby Sevens Championships in Namibia.

He was the assistant coach/team manager of the SA team, with the other two members being Verno Treu and Leandi Smith.

“I was shortlisted after the University National Sevens Tournaments and was part of the winning team at the final. At the tournament I identified areas I can improve on as a coach and manager. Working at national level is a totally different ball game compared to what I was used to at varsity level. I came back much more confident and sharpened up,” he says.

He also realised at the tournament that UWC students are not far off the mark and only small adjustments and more exposure or opportunities will help to improve the students.

“My main goal with the students at UWC is to be successful and represent UWC with pride and honour. On my bucket list is to be involved with our National Sevens Programme in Stellenbosch, but my immediate goal is to achieve success with UWC in the National University Sevens tournaments later this month and in October,” Trout says.

His hobbies include socialising around a braai with his loved ones (friends and family) and staying involved in the sports environment.

“Exposure is important, not only for the athlete/player but also for the club. Opportunities are far and few and when the opportunity arrives you must make the best of it.

“When I am not involved with sport at UWC I am a husband to a beautiful wife and father to two sons. Our work is so demanding that time off I spend with my family and close friends is precious and treasured.

“I also do a lot of work with the student athletes away from the track. I also like to help the youth with shaping their futures,” he says.

The advice that he received as a youngster that is still part and parcel of him today is that you should always respect others and fight for what you believe in.

“I played soccer, rugby and athletics in my younger days but have a five-year plan, so watch this space!” he chuckles.

Seeing that many former players are making a comeback or are being drafted into representative teams, don’t be surprised to see Clement Trout on the sports field!

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