Benefits of being a student athlete

2019-07-30 06:00
New Zealand soccer star Tessa Berger addresses delegates at the Vineyard Hotel.

New Zealand soccer star Tessa Berger addresses delegates at the Vineyard Hotel.

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The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands was graced by the presence of New Zealand’s World Cup women’s soccer player, Tessa Berger.

She took part in the information session at the hotel on Thursday 18 July.

Berger was in the country to assist aspiring student-athletes to earn sport scholarships to universities in the United States of America (USA).

Berger (24) is representing New Zealand internationally for soccer and is also currently in her first term of government, as an independent candidate for her local council in Auckland.

She also serves as the director of athletics for global education company, Crimson Education.

She is a politician, entrepreneur, environmentalist and athlete.

As a sports role model and youth activist, she shared her advice and experiences with young South Africans about how they can reach their potential through dedication and passion for their chosen sport. A plus for employment

Participation in university sports is highly regarded by future employers. In an increasingly competitive business world, progressive companies seek out young people with skills crafted both in the classroom and on the sporting field.

Student-athletes can gain corporate attention by showcasing their dedication to high performance and skills – this is often transferable in an office environment.

“Whether a student is aiming to play a sport at a professional level or just play for fun during their university years, they can leverage their athletic abilities to land a top career after they graduate,” said Rebecca Pretorius, country manager for Crimson Education.

The global education company assists young people to gain entry to universities in the USA and United Kingdom (UK).

Pretorius highlights some key skills that student-athletes possess, which will benefit them in the working world.

These include resilience, being a team player, keeping an eye on the prize, efficiency and self awareness.

“Success in sports boils down to finding the best-fit university, having a good strategy and getting started early,” said Pretorius.

With a specialised athletic division, Crimson Education assists learners by designing and helping to implement an admissions roadmap.

This includes athletic campaigning to coaches, eligibility assessment, creating a recruitment video, and test preparation and tutoring to ensure that academic requirements are met.

Helping applicants navigate admissions processes and campaign to coaches across all divisions has seen 100% of Crimson Education students gain access to universities on a sports scholarship.

V Students and parents who are inspired by the idea can attend one of the company’s information sessions by emailing


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