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AWSUM Celebrity Interview South African super athlete, the sensational Wayde van Niekerk, obliterated the men’s 400m world record with a time of 43.03s at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He also created athletics history in March when he became the first person to break 10s for 100m, 20s for 200m and 44s for 400m. AWSUM News chatted to Wayde about the Olympics, people in his life, and future plans.

Q: Your coach is quite unique – a 74-year-old grandmother, Ans Botha. How did it happen that she became your coach? A: She was the coach of the Free State team of the University of Free State, so when I started studying it was the best option. She had quite a quality group of athletes that were top, top South African athletes, so it was kind of no-brainer. She’s a massive inspiration, reaching the peak of her coaching career at this age – it’s an inspiration to anyone out there that have a dream that they haven’t achieved yet.

Q: Your Twitter handle is @WaydeDreamer. Tell us why you chose this handle. A: When it comes to any challenge or any real obstacle I need to face as an athlete and an individual and when I speak about prayer I feel like I’m seeing my dreams and my wishes.

Q: You were born prematurely at 29 weeks, weighing in at only 1 kg. When did you know that you wanted to become an athlete? A: The “premature” thing is something that’s super, super close to my mother’s heart! I really just wanted to be a sport star one day, to wear the Green and Gold. I came fourth at the World Junior Championships in 2010 ... I got so close to the bronze medal ... that was the motivation and inspiration for my athletic career.

Q: Everyone loved the moment when Usain Bolt interrruped an interview after his third straight 100m gold medal to congratulate you with your win. What is your relationship with him like? A: It’s really just a professional relationship. It was real honour having him coming to me after my race and just telling me, “I told you I believed in you, that you could do it.” It was a very special moment and it’s something that motivated me quite massively towards a future for myself as well. Q: You are known as part of a close-knit family and brought ten family members to Rio to watch your race. What was that experience like? A: This journey is way beyond an individual journey of myself and what I’m achieving. It’s a journey of family, teamwork and unity. It would be quite selfish if I didn’t include the people who laughs with me when I achieve it, cry with me when things are going bad. It gave me massive motivation during the Games to not just represent my country, but also my family in a massive way and just make them proud as family and parents. Q: You are studying marketing at the University of the Free State. Do you have any future plans at this stage, apart from remaining an Olympic champion and world record breaking athlete for quite some years to come? A: I’m certainly not studying at the same pace as the average student, but I’m putting in the effort in continuously inproving myself in every aspect of anything, me as a brand and as an individual. I find it very important to continue studying and just give myself that bit of an edge in what I’m doing.

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Q: What do you to relax – that is not more sport! A: I’m a very basic person. When I’m relaxed, I’m probably with friends and family, playing games. Q: What message do you have for South Africa’s schoolgoing learners to achieve their dreams and ambitions? A: Simple. I’m a very firm believer in the Lord, so pray first, whatever you do, wherever you go, pray first and you’re sorted.

GLENWOOD PREPARATORY SCHOOL (t) 031 201 5165 (e) Sport Achievers 2016

Allison Beck • Girls Hockey Player of the Year • Netball Player of the Year • Sportswoman of the Year

Singele Mkhize • Rugby Player of the Year

Jenna Cormac • Girls Swimmer of the Year • Most Improved Sportswoman

Joshua Ashley • Boys Swimmer of the Year

Trent Coetzee

Anthony Dunford

• Sportsman of the Year

• Cricket Player of the Year

Trenton Donkin

James Mullany

• Most Improved Sportsman

• Boys Hockey Player of the Year

WESTVILLE SENIOR PRIMARY SCHOOL (t) 031 266 5218 (e) Achievers Highlights 2016

Andrew Woodley

Priyasha Naidoo

Michael Maddocks

Keryn Scott

Andrew Woodley continues to impress in the world of golf. Apart from dropping his handicap from 36 to 25 this year, he was the Overall Winner of the C Division of the Big Three Junior Golf Series, a competition between the junior golfers of Mount Edgecombe Country Club, Royal Durban Golf Club and Durban Country Club.

Priyasha Naidoo participated in the African Youth Chess Championships held in Port Elizabeth where she represented the U12 Girls South African team. She played many different African countries and was rated tenth in Africa. She also received her South African colours. Over the last three years she has played in many chess tournaments and some of the highlights was being selected to represent the KZN chess team in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Michael Maddocks began his sports involvement with running and then to karate, swimming, cricket and rugby. This year he entered for the first time and completed the Midmar Mile in excellent time. He has made the PADSA Team and thereafter the KZN Junior Sharks Team in Rugby. He has advanced further in athletics with hurdles and has made provincial level. He is producing excellent academic results too.

Keryn Scott ’s drama career started in 2013 when she won a bursary from the Speech and Drama Foundation for being the top achiever in that year’s Speech and Drama festival at school. She joined Rising Star Performing Arts (RSPA), where she studies acting and musical theatre. In 2015 she was awarded the Junior Performer of the Year award at RSPA, after receiving 100% for her LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) acting exam.

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MORNINGSIDE PRIMARY SCHOOL (t) 031 303 2413 (e) Swimming achievements

KZN badminton players

Swimmer Tristan Kyd took a haul of medals at the Junior SA Champs level three at Kings Park that included three gold (50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle), two silvers (50m and 100m Breaststroke) and a two bronze (200m Individual medley, third overall).

Nahar Singh, Rivaldo Soni and Ulysha Padyachee.


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Most records broken

Rugby star

Guy Brooks received the trophy for “most records broken”at our interhouse gala. Achievements at gala • 50m Freestyle in a time of 28.13 breaking the long standing record of 29.06 from 1981 • 50m Backstroke in a time of 32.81 breaking the long standing record of 33.53 from 1991 • 50m Butterfly in a time of 32.15 breaking the long standing record of 32.30 from 1981 In the Championship gala held in Term 1, Guy broke the 50m backstroke record in a time of 35.28, as well as the 50m freestyle in a time of 30.90, earning the Open Boys Champion trophy.

Nathan Olivier received trophies for U13 Player of the Year for the Northwood Crusaders rugby team.

Guy Brooks and Mr Brown (swim coach and guest of honour at our interhouse gala).


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Sports & Cultural Awards Evening

Ashley Ebing

Kieren Brown

Jenna Struwig

A Swimming team, Athletics Team, U11 A Netball, Indoor Hockey, U11 A Hockey, Softball C Team, Cross Country, Choir, Umlazi District Swimming, KZN Swimming Team, Durban Central Cross Country, Junior Victrix Ludorum Swimming, Cross Country Junior Girl, The Calitz Trophy for the Best Junior Girl Hockey Player and the Penzance Primary Junior Sportsperson Trophy.

U11 A Cricket, A Swimming Squad, U11 A Rugby, U11 A Hockey, Athletics Team, Softball D Team, Cross Country, The Brett Goodwin Trophy for the Junior Hockey Boy Player, The Shaun Ferreira Trophy for the U11 Cricket Player of the Year and the Penzance Cedar Falls Spur Junior Sportsman Trophy.

Rhodes House Vice Captain, 1st Team Netball, Softball A Team Captain, Community Service, 1st Team Hockey Vice Captain, 1st Team Action Netball, Indoor Hockey Vice Captain, Choir, Top 15 World General Knowledge Achiever, KZN U13 B Hockey, KZN U13 A Softball, The Maree Trophy for the Most Talented Softball Girl Player and Penzance Primary Sportswomen of the Year Trophy.

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Christian Lambert

Joshua Balfour

A Swimming Squad, Choir, 1st Team 1st Team Cricket, A Swimming Hockey Captain, Athletics Team, Squad, 1st Team Rugby, Cross Softball B Team, Cross Country, Country, Choir, Chess, Softball A Botha House Captain, Umlazi Team, 1st Team Hockey, Tennis, Swimming Team, KZN U13 A Hockey, Debating, Eco-Olympiads, Durban Central U13 A Soccer, Rob KZN U13 A Softball, KZN U12 Crombie Trophy for the Best Senior A Swimming, The Dixon Trophy Boys Hockey Player, Kevin Urbach for Dedication to Softball Trophy for the Highest Achievement and the Penzance Primary and the Penzance School Sportsman Sportsman of the Year Trophy of the Year Trophy (Shared). (Shared).

NORTHLANDS GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL (t) 031 571 1100 (e) Top Achievers 2016

Janisha Dhanlal Runner-up to Dux: Dramowski Family Trophy

Alisa Dayanand Third in Grade 12: PwC Trophy

Gabrielle Ferdinand Sportswoman of the Year: FH Smith Shield

Sanam Daya & Shivani Pillay Dux: Elizabeth Hartmann Trophy

KLOOF HIGH SCHOOL (t) 031 764 0451 (e) Evening of Excellence Kloof High School held their Evening of Excellence on Tuesday, 11 October 2016, at which students who had achieved in the Arts, Cultural or Sporting fields were honoured.

Caitlin Sundragasa (Outstanding Service Cup), Megan Moffett (Sportsmanship – Schwegmann Award), Kay Bailey (Excellent Achiever’s Cup) and Joshua Mylroie (Sportsmanship – Michael Hall Trophy).

Hlengiwe Dube (third in Grade 12), Mrs Dawn Lefort (Principal), Kiara Govender (runner-up to Dux), Mr Mike Saunders and Kelisha Moodley (Dux).

Thabo Mthembu (Sportsman of the Year), Mrs Dawn Lefort (Principal), Mr Shane Burger (Guest Speaker) and Isabella Panzenböck (Sportswoman of the Year).

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GLENWOOD HIGH SCHOOL (t) 031 205 5241 (e) Sports & Cultural Awards 2016 The annual Glenwood High School Sports & Cultural Awards took place on Thursday, 13 October 2016. Almost 200 awards were handed out, showing why Glenwood sporting boys and coaches are regarded as some of the best in the country. Their achievements were suitably acknowledged.

The guest speaker for the event was Paralympic cyclist Dane Wilson (Glenwood Old Boy, 2009). The Glenwood High School Sportsman of the Year trophy was awarded to Dylan Cronje.

Dylan Cronje and Dane Wilson.

SPORT STARS Jared Shaun Cass

Gabriel Stopford

Keagan Aiken

Positions held at school • Captain of the 1st Hockey Team

Position held at school • 2016 – 1st Team Water Polo (1st Team Water Polo Captain 2017) • 2015 – 1st Team Water Polo • 2014 – Captain U15A Water Polo • 2013 – RCL Rep, Captain U14A Water Polo

Positions held at school • Vice-Captain 1st Team Water Polo

Top sporting achievements • KZN Coastals U13A (2012) • KZN Coastals U14A (2013) • KZN U16A (2014) • In Grade 10 (2014) Top Defender Award at ITP) • KZN Coastals U16A (2014) • SA Schools High Performance Camp (2014) • KZN Coastals U18A (2015) • SA U7 and SA Schools U18A (2016)

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Top sporting achievements • 2016 – SA Schools Water Polo team U18A Boys touring to NZ • 2015 – Glenwood Jnr Sportsman of the year; SA U16 Boys Team toured to Malta (Captain); KZN U19A Schools Water Polo team (made the tournament team and was awarded Top Defender of the tournament) • 2014 – Glenwood Jnr Water Polo Player; KZN U15A School Water Polo Team (Captain) • 2013 – Glenwood Most Improved Jnr Water Polo player; KZN Colours Nipper SA Champs; KZN U14A Schools Water Polo team (Vice-Captain)

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Top sporting achievements: • KZN U14 (2012) • KZN U15 (2013) • KZN U16 (2014) • SA U17, SAU18 • KZN Mens A (2015) • SAU18 & KZN Mens A (2016)

Juan Johan van der Mescht Top sporting achievements • Grade 7 – Blou Bulle Rugby • Grade 8 – KZN Athletics • Grade 9 – KZN Athletics, Grant Khomo • Grade 10 – Grant Khomo, KZN Athletics • Grade 11 – Craven Week, SA Schools

DURBAN GIRLS’ COLLEGE (t) 031 268 7200 (e) Senior Prizegiving Founders’ Day Senior Prizegiving Founders’ Day was held on 13 October. Guest of Honour, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, delivered a powerful message to the Grade 8 to 12 girls. The recipient of the Dux Award for 2016 is Glenda Watt. This remarkable young woman has achieved exceptional results across a range of subjects. She is is much loved and admired by her teachers and her peers for her generosity of spirit, kindness and integrity. Glenda is a genuinely selfless and internally driven young woman who has enriched the lives of her peers and her teachers in immeasurable ways. She is natural and unaffected and her passionate determination coupled with her capacity for learning are underpinned by a genuine interest in the world around her. Not only has she achieved academic excellence, but she has done so whilst contributing extensively in the extra-curricular sphere too. Her contribution to sport is wide-reaching and she has captained both the Badminton and the Cross Country teams. Additionally, she has contributed enormously through her service to the school, having received an Honours Award for outstanding service. Glenda is a young woman of whom we are exceptionally proud. It will come as no surprise that she is also the winner of the Quinta Essentia Awardn as she embodies (in abundance) the values that we hope to instil in the girls who attend College. Glenda’s awards on Founders’ Day: • Academic Prize (Cum Laude) • Rutherford Memorial Prize for Mathematics • David Hodges Prize for Physical Science • Rogers Memorial Prize for History • The Clarkson Memorial Prize for Life Sciences • The Cramb Family Prize for Practical Work in Life Sciences • Elizabeth Dacomb Trophy First Dux in 1879 • Florence Dacomb Trophy Dux in 1891 • Emil Jack Maehler Award for Consistent Achievement of Excellence • Balfour Collier Prize for Dux • Quinta Essentia Award • Elizabeth and Kate Pentecost Trophy for Excellence in Academics and Sport • Sherine Higginson Rose Bowl for All-Round Excellence

Heather Goedeke (Acting Head of High School), Michelle Posemann (Chairman of the Board of Governors), Glenda Watt (2016 Dux and winner of several awards including The Quinta Essentia Award) and Marianne Bailey (Acting Executive Head).

Marianne Bailey (Acting Executive Head), Michelle Posemann (Chairman of the Board of Governors), Georgina Zaloumis (2016 Head Girl) and Dr Mamphela Ramphele (Guest of Honour).

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Top Sports Achievers

Our top three positions for Grade 12 have been young women who have excelled in all their years at DGHS. They have all achieved an aggregate of 85% annually since their Grade 8 year in 2012. All three have won various subject trophies and cups. A small selection of their achievements are listed below. Maxine Khumalo (Dux) • Jointly awarded the Charmaine Nel Trophy for Oratory having been involved in all facets of oratory at DGHS from Grade 8 • H.S.A. and the M.S.A. Committee Award for Excellence in Academics and Cultural Pursuits • Olcedor Shield (highest academic honour the school can bestow on an outstanding learner) for an average of 89,34% Akalka-Kiyoshi Dayaram (runner-up to Dux) • Jointly received the 1972 10AC Trophy for the highest Accounting mark and the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Trophy for Accounting • PriceWaterhouseCoopers Trophy for highest combined mark in English and Accounting • Liane Mail Trophy (honours the learner attaining Proxime Accessit To Dux) for an average mark of 88,55% Darshina Naidoo (third) • Jointly received the 1972 10AC Trophy for the highest Accounting mark and the PriceWaterhouseCoopers trophy for Accounting • Adams Science Award for the highest combined mark in Mathematics, Life Sciences and Physical Science

Natalie Meaker • Sports Woman of the Year trophy • Service to Sport trophy Team of the Year Award Jointly to the Softball (captain: Natalie Meaker) and Touch Rugby (captain: Tylo Joubert) teams. Sports Highlights of 2016 • Paige Tancrel: South African U16 Waterpolo Team at Junior Pan Pacific Youth Waterpolo Festival in New Zealand • Jade de Figueiredo: South African U19 team and won the best U19 player award at the Cricket South Africa Awards • Catherine Lafitte: 1st in South Africa Level 9 Rhythmic Gymnastics in U15 Age Group and awarded Macsteel Maestro sponsorship through Adidas for promising High Performance athletes • Drum majorettes Sharmaine Mango and Snenjabulo Buthelezi: represent South Africa at the World Championships in Croatia (absent for photo).

Darshina Naidoo, Akalka-Kiyoushi Dayaram and Maxine Khumalo.

FRONT: Paige Tancrel, Catherine Lafitte and Jade de Figueiredo. MIDDLE: Kary Sharratt (Head of Sport at DGHS), Tylo Joubert, Lenise Marais and Avril Jacobs (Sports educators DGHS). BACK: Natalie Meaker and Precious Mthembu (Protea Natal netball player, our guest speaker at this years’ Sports Award Ceremony).

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Joshua Spooner CG Hands Memorial Prize for Dux. Spooner has achieved nothing less than a final mark of 90% every year. He also achieved the Shaun Gray Leadership Award, a Merit Certificate, Alan Turton Prize for Visual Arts, shared Ladies Committee Prize for Visual Arts Practical, Niekie Gerber Prize for Afrikaans First Additional Language, Bill Payn Prize for English Home Language, and the GJ Armstrong Prize for Physical Sciences. Amongst his academic achievements, Spooner was also involved in numerous sporting activities throughout his school career and was Deputy Head Prefect for 2016.

Mvumeleni Mathenjwa

Hassen Moorad Dux Proxime Accessit (Dux runner-up): GB Lapinsky Prize. Eddie Corlett Prize for Accounting, Buxton Family Prize for Economics, shared Transvaal Old Boys’ Prize for English Essay, and WI Knight Prize for Mathematics.

Libo Mngomezulu Deputy Head Prefect. Prize for English Poetry and Patel Family Award for RCL Chairman.

Ryan Dafel

Sheroze Khan

Joshua Arnold

Ernie Theunissen Award for Captain of Rugby

LCW Theobald Award for Captain of Cricket

Richard Salmon Award for Music

Head Prefect. Transvaal Old Boys’ Award (Head Prefect, Blackmore House), George Armstrong Award (Head Prefect, School), Geoff Mace Award for Excellence in Academics, Sport & Culture, Innocent Chamane Prize for IsiZulu First Additional Language, and the Head Master’s Award, the first of its kind at DHS.

Akaash Reedoy

Dylan Young

ONT Downes Prize for Information Technology

Prize for Life Orientation


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Steven Waites Third in Grade 12: Kessel Feinstein Prize. AW McIver Prize for History, a Merit Certificate, and shared prize for Life Orientation.

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Michael Paul Ladies Committee Prize for Visual Arts Practical

Hlumelo Mekuto Christopher Wells Award for Excellence in Sport & Culture and All Round Sports Achiever of the Year.

Casey Milledge Devi Rajab Award for Cultural Involvement

Matthew Hamilton Sportsman of the Year Award

Thabiso Tshabalala Rotary Award for Drama

Muhammad Vorajee

Langelihle Mthemba

Transvaal Old Boys’ Prize for English Essay

DC & EV Thompson Prize for Life Sciences

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