Local boy to represent SA in Botswana

2018-06-21 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedAvikar Ramcharan is ready to represent his volleyball team in Botswana.

PHOTO: suppliedAvikar Ramcharan is ready to represent his volleyball team in Botswana.

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A FINAL year student from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Edgewood Campus, Avikar Ramcharan (20) is set to make his dreams come true when he represents the Universities of South Africa (USSA) team in Gaborone, Botswana, next week.

The team will take on other university teams in Gaborone from June 17 to June 22 in a fiercely contested championship to determine the African Champions in tertiary education.

Ramcharan, an attacking front line spiker and an extra ordinary middle block, started his volleyball at a young age, under the watchful eye of coach Tito Moodley, at what has become known as the school of Volleyball, Trubel Primary School.

At the tender age of eight, he was a ball boy travelling with the excelling school teams to various tournaments.

His opportunity arose in Grade seven when he captained the school team who emerged as Tonver champions.

He was also selected captain of the Tonver team that excelled in the Friendship Games for the next five years.

In 2007, he had his provincial call up that triggered a number of provincial caps. He was the youngest member (at age 12) that brought gold to KZN.

At Belverton Secondary, he captained the U14, U16 and U19 Volleyball team that won gold. In 2012 he represented KZN in the Inter-Provincial Tournament held in Durban. In the same year he represented the club – G.R.SPORTS – as the youngest school boy player to play in the Volleyball South Africa Inter Club Championships held in Johannesburg and was runners-up.

In 2013, he captained the school team that participated in the National School Sports Competition in Bloemfontein. The team was placed third in the country.

Ramcharan was also the youngest player to participate in the KZN Super League.

In 2014, he captained the Belverton School team that won gold in the Tonver Gamesl Finals and received the MVP award again.

He also went on to captain the school team in the Department of Education Circuit Managers Cup and brought gold as well as the MVP award.

He had the rare honour of being the sportsboy at both Primary and Secondary School and obtained the Most Valuable Player award in all tournaments.

In wishing him well in his South African debut, his mentor , teacher and coach, Tito Moodley,said: “Avikar is an excellent example of a well-developed, all-round go getter. His achievement on both the academic and sporting fields is in line of Trubel’s motto of achieving academically as well sporting excellence. He is a fine example of a student who has passion and has persevered in the game. Well done and Congratulations.”

His selection in the National University team comes as no surprise to his Secondary School manager, J.S.Moodley. “Avi, as he was fondly known at Belverton Secondary, was a role model.

“Being both the captain of the school and district team, as well as excelling in your games, calls for a splendid talent.

“Avikar always rose to that challenge. We know that even greater opportunities are to come his way. We, at Belverton Secondary, want to wish him well in Gaborone, Botswana,” Moodley said.

The Tonver Schools Sports Council, which provides the training ground as well as the springboard for exceptional pupils, joins others in applauding a young man who has shown passion and determination over the years — a true ambassador of School Sports. - Supplied.

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