Crawford College North Coast celebrated a wonderful year of sporting success at the Sports Awards Evening. A busy and productive sporting year in which CNC’s students participated and competed in 17 sporting codes within the college and 7 beyond. 30 students achieved their KZN Regional colours and 7 students achieved their SA National colours, which is an admirable level of success considering CNC is a smaller co-educational high-school where academics is high-performance and sport is a non-compulsory co-curricular activity.
Senior sports student Chanté Jansen van Vuuren, herself a KZN hockey player set the tone for the evening with her philosophical insights into the value of sport to overall development and life. Her pertinent statement about sport not “building character so much as revealing it” is an approach that she has taken to heart and put into practice in her tenacious approach to life, which in turn has ensured that she remains an ‘A’ aggregate student. Achiever of the Year, Phumzile Shandu revealed through her fond memories of her early adventures into sport as to how it channelled her energy and captivated her mind, leading to her multiple SA sports representation.
Of particular note was the positive role her parents played in her sports development process. How her talents were identified, nurtured and extended, such as her selection for the Prep school’s Boys’ first hockey team when she was only in grade four. Her recollections extended throughout the period of development of sport at CNC, from the under-dog or “cane-cutter” label to the present sporting force to be reckoned with.
Tribute was paid to the passionate coaches and Sports Coordinators who have managed the sports portfolio and its individual team performances. The coaches were complimented on their drive to push them beyond their limits and to lead the developing sportspersons towards excellence in competition. Mr Brett Clay, the senior girls’ hockey coach was complimented on his inspirational methods that led to a two-year unbeaten record for achieving league promotion for two consecutive years. This and other countless memories were shared as life-long friendships were built through the experiences in sports.
TROPHY AWARDS – PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Phumzile Shandu Sports Person; Action Netball, Girls’ Hockey, Netball
Chanté Jansen van Vuuren Sportsmanship (Female); Indoor Hockey
Deon Muller Sportsmanship (Male); Cricket, Golf, Boys’ Touch Rugby
Siphesihle Myeni Girls’ Touch Rugby
Callum Johnstone Basketball
Carl Kotzé Boys’ Hockey
Joni Rice Karate
Ryan Olivier Karate
Trina Oree Karate
Odwa Gqwede Rugby
Bayanda Manyaka Boys’ Soccer
Camerin Rencken Girls’ Soccer
Sterling Louw Squash
Luke McCracken Surfing
Sahil Ram Tennis
Dean Birnie & Carl Kotzé Commitment to Sport
Matthew Burgerhoff Swimming & Life-saving
Christian Maidman Senior Victor Ludorum
Teal Hogg Senior Victrix Ludorum
Lori Swanepoel Junior Victrix Ludorum; Player of the Year Girls’ Water polo
Jesse Vogel Junior Victor Ludorum
Calvin Slade Boys’ Water polo