By FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon standards the 2017 junior boys race contenders have snuck under the race’s radar with no single paddler putting their hand up until an impressive Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge performance from Stewart Little saw him rise to the top of pretenders to the boy’s throne.
For a parent and a young player it could be the most frustrating aspect of school sport when it appears that a coach has his “special” players which he tends to favour.
By popular demand we are going to host another poll to determine Where is The Best School Sports Arena in South Africa for 2016.
Each year this poll enjoys a tremendous amount of response as thousands from around the country cast their vote as to which school has the Best School Sports Arena in the country.
In 2013 it was “The Rec” at Queen’s College that took the honors and in 2014 it was the turn of Piley Rees at Bishops who by a clear majority was voted as the best in SA with The Rec taking second spot and in 2015 Piley Rees edged out The Graveyard of Dale College.
Architecture, ambiance, history are all important criteria when it comes to choosing which arena is the best but the roar of the crowd can do more for a sporting arena that almost anything.
There is something about a school field or pool or court that will always hold memories that never fade but seem to grow brighter and perhaps bigger with each passing year. Yes maybe that wingers sprint to score the winning try was only 20 metres and the result of a dodgy pass, but for us it was all of 50 metres, in slow motion, mud kicking up behind him, time suspended as we stopped breathing and in that one moment, that scene, that noise yes that sports field was permanently etched into our minds with such clarity that many years in the future we would be able to recall it as if it has just happened.
The School Sports Arena is a special place, a place of great jubilation, of disappointment but more importantly a place that will always belong to us like a home that we long to revisit.
So which school will take the honors in 2016?
Brookes, Goldstones, The Rec, Markotter, The Main Reds, Stott, Brug Street, Memorial A and so many more are part and parcel of South African School Sport. Which is your favourite field? Let us know and vote for it now on our poll
If your favourite is not listed on the poll post it in the comments and we will add it to the list!
Voting Closes 05/12/2016 @ 1pm CAT
There is a concept in the psychology literature called ‘identity foreclosure’, which refers to cases in which someone settles on an identity too soon. In the current sporting climate at schools, there is a real danger of this happening to our most talented young sportsmen and women.
“The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of its parents.”
The above quote came from Carl Jung, the famed Swiss psychologist. He would have had a field day if he ever saw the parents of kids playing sports today.
Consider these two questions:
- What proportion of your sports performance is determined by the mind rather than by physical factors?
- What proportion of your training is spent preparing the mind rather than the physical factors?
Time to vote for the BEST SCHOOL SPORTS PIC FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH!
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was on the rampage today as he banned SA Rugby, Cricket South Africa and Athletics SA from bidding for international tournaments due to lack of transformation. School football was also under the spotlight.
Time to vote for the BEST SCHOOL SPORTS PIC FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE!
You see them at every Olympic games, the parents of the champions. In the stands shouting, cheering and proudly claiming that their child is “UNBELIEVABLE!” Perhaps as you look at them you may have wondered, would they all be hard-driving parents? Were they super competitive? What did they do to help their child achieve championship status?
The annual South African Schools Sprint Championships were hosted by the Academy for Canoe Development at their Roodeplaat Dam headquarters over the past weekend and with a solid turn out of paddlers from Under 8 to Under 18 the event was a success and the organisers are happy with their trial run for African Champs in 2016.
We have all heard it and even said it before, phrases of encouragement directed towards young athletes with phrases like, “dig a little deeper” or “you have to want it more than they do” or, ideally, “be mentally tough.”
Glenwood’s Vince Deyzel is poised to fulfil a lifelong dream when he soon say’s goodbye to South Africa and heads off to the United States to play baseball in the US Major League.
It is now over two decades since South Africa were readmitted into the sporting arena. Two Rugby World Cup victories , 7 Olympic gold medals and 5 unsuccessful attempts at winning the Cricket World Cup later, and still quotas in sport hangs around refusing to go away.
Got your camera at the ready? Once again in partnership with BSN Medical we are looking for the BEST ACTION SCHOOL SPORTS photograph for the month!
BSN Medical, the global leader in healthcare, specializing in the areas of Orthopaedic, Compression Therapy and wound care, will be awarding the winner of the BEST ACTION photograph with a Leuko Sports Injury First Aid Kit valued at over R2000 for the school of their choice.
At the end of the month the three best photos, as selected by us, will go into a voting poll where the photo who garners the most votes will be declared the winner. Simple!
It seems that not a school rugby season can start without a steroid abuse scandal emerging and reopening the great debate on how schools should deal with the ostensible use of steroids in schools. One of the country’s leading schools, Kearsney College is the latest to be faced with the problem and now the Durban High Court is involved.
Who is the top all round sporting boys school in South Africa? The question in itself is guaranteed to generate a plethora of opinions and not a few who will almost entirely back their alma mata regardless of the current results.