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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:58

Wynberg Boys High School go from strength to strength

If there was an award for one of South Africa’s most improved rugby schools of the year, then Wynberg Boys’ High School would certainly be among the candidates.


wynberghockeyFor years, the Cape-based school has been renowned for its cricket and hockey successes, but 2012 has seen them make massive strides on the rugby front with their first XV rocketing up the school rugby rankings.

International cricketers like Jacques Kallis and Richard Levi have been delighting crowds for seasons, while the school boasted four of its past pupils in the Olympic Hockey team that did duty in London last month. Now the rugby team is determined to also provide a nursery for future rugby stars.

The process began three years ago under coach Gus Leslie, who realised the importance of working in the gym, and from the moment he took over, he insisted that the players in the under-16 side all worked to a comprehensive gym programme. This bore fruit three years later in 2012 as the Wynberg first XV, newly sponsored by Mr Price SPORT, now feature in the top 20 on the SA Schools rugby rankings.

The spirit and camaraderie of this team, established over the three years, backed up by the professionalism and dedication of the coaching staff, gave them the self belief to emerge victorious in many close matches. Given this vision and passion, future Wynberg teams have an example of work ethic and commitment to inspire them in the seasons ahead.

On the hockey field, too, there were again significant successes with Jason Smith becoming the 20th Wynberg boy to be selected for the SA Schools Team – continuing the school’s proud tradition of producing national hockey players.

Showing the depth of the school’s hockey, talented junior players Ryan Crowe and Craig Botha (also the U16A flyhalf at the school) were selected for the SA under-16 team.

"Both teams certainly lived up to the school’s motto:  ‘Never Give Up,"’ said Keith Richardson, the school’s Headmaster.  "In some games they were dead and buried, yet fought back to win."

To ensure continued success on the sports front, WBHS have major plans. In conjunction with their sister school, Wynberg Girls’ High School, construction starts next week on their second artificial field, which will enable all players to grow and develop on state of the art facilities.

In partnership with a commercial undertaking, building has already commenced on the school property of a multi-purpose gym complex. This will be to the benefit of sportsmen in all sports and hopefully give them the edge at top level.

With schoolboy sport becoming increasingly professional, Wynberg Boys’ High School is clearly evolving with the times to ensure that their pupils are given every opportunity to realise their talents.

 

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