PIETERMARITZBURG Girls’ High School held its Sport Awards Ceremony recently with numerous pupils being acknowledged for their outstanding achievements, not only in the sporting codes offered at the school, but also in those not offered at the school.
The Junior All-round Sport Award went to Olivia Woodburn. She was recognised for her outstanding performance in cross country, swimming, indoor hockey, squash, soccer, water polo and hockey. She was selected for the KZN Inland U14A Hockey Team and achieved a Gold Medal at the SA Canoeing Inter-schools’ River Championship.
The Phumzile Gumede Award for a committed and unassuming sportswoman went to Rebecca Munitich. Rebecca won this award for representing Girls’ High in swimming, hockey (second team), as well as the first tennis and first water polo teams.
Gemma Cox won the Gia Cousins Trophy for Achievement, Sportsmanship and Service. In her role as Games Secretary she served the Sport Department with distinction. She represented Girls’ High with integrity and sportsmanship in the second tennis, first squash, first indoor hockey and first hockey teams. She captained the KZN U18B Inland Hockey Team at the National Tournament.
Kayla Klaasen was the recipient of the Taryn de Winnaar Trophy for perseverance and commitment. She was recognized for being a committed member of the First Aid Society, third tennis, second hockey, second basketball, first squash, and first indoor hockey teams.
The top award, the Val Fowler Trophy for Outstanding Senior Sportwoman, went to Maria Diedrick. Maria walked away with the U19 Victrix Ludorum for swimming, Best Soccer Player and Best Water Polo Player. She represented Girls’ High with integrity and pride in the second hockey team, the swimming team, and she captained the first soccer team. Maria represented KwaZulu-Natal at the National Water Polo Championship, as well as being selected for the South African U18 Water Polo Team to compete at the World Cup Qualifying Tournament.