Crawford North Coast 2013 Sports Stars

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

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