This weekend was spent on the side of the cricket field watching the Gauteng Cricket Board trials. As you can imagine this game is only riveting when your actual son is either bowling or batting which means one has to find many ways to entertain themselves in between. I took out my camping chair and Kingsmead umbrella (always a conversation starter) and opened my brand new book “A school where I belong” co-written by Dylan Wray, Roy Hellenberg and the “distinguished professor of education” Professor Jonathan Jansen. This book is about the creation of inclusive and transformed South African schools.
I proceeded to read as I moved from venue to venue following my sons just like the (barmy army would for England minus the copious amount of lagers) and it was so evident the disparity that still exist to this very day. Some venues had manicured fields and perfectly laid cricket pitches. There was evidence that top dressing had obviously been applied during the off season, whilst in other venues schools fields we decent but would have definitely welcomed such special treatment.
Over time the boys have come to understand that such trials do try and select the boys that seem to show or have potential to represent the various areas. They have also come to realise that the quota system does also play a significant role. Whilst debates about such systems continue to rage on the side of the fields one cannot deny that not all players have had the same access to facilities, good coaches and basic equipment. “The 10 000 hour” rule discussed in Malcom Gladwell’s book called “Outliers” proposes that the more you practice a skill the more likely you are to become an expert at that skill. However; it also makes note that those that did make it to the top were afforded opportunities that allowed them to hone in their skills to become better. A child born in a family with less resources will struggle to compete against a child who has access to private coaching, top of the range equipment and does not have to rely on public transport to get to and fro from school. The only way we can begin to transform our sport in our country is to provide access and opportunities.
So here is to the different sporting boards who are taking on this very difficult challenge. We commend you and with your commitment I have no doubt sport in South Africa will eventually become totally inclusive in time to come.
We competed in our second athletics meeting on Friday 28th September at St Andrew’s. The athletes ran extremely well. Unfortunately, the meeting was cancelled due to rain.
The following athletes ended in the first 3 positions:
- Hannah Cooke 2nd
- Uma Banchetti 2nd
- Mia Gordon 2nd
- Laurinda Vitungayala 1st
- B-race: Isabella Abbate 2nd
- D-race: Ella de Goede 3rd
- A-race: Kaitlyn Brown 3rd
- B-race: Priyanka Geness 1st
- C-race: Hannah Schwegmann 2nd
- D-race: Mila Smolicz van Breda 1st
- D-race: Erin van Dyk 2nd
- Erin Hill 1st
- Rethabile Ramaphakela 3rd
- Zintle Papiyana 1st
- Tessa Gutierrez-Garcia 2nd
- A-race: Zintle Papiyana 2nd
- B-race: Erin Hill 2nd
- C-race: Gabriela Dodd 2nd
- D-race: Zahra Khan 1st
- A-race: Paula Prinsloo 1st
- B-race: Gabriella Potgieter 3rd
- D-race: Tessa Gutierrez-Garcia 1st
Our next meeting will be at St Peter’s on Friday 5th October. Please keep on attending ALL practices — WHAT WE PUT IN; WE WILL GET OUT!!!!!
Kingsmead A/B Team APPS on Thursday 27th September 2018. Congratulations to our A team for winning. Well done to all our young and budding tennis players.
As a school community we would like to celebrate the special achievements that take place beyond our school of our young sports persons. However; in order to ensure that we have the correct information we rely on communication from our parental body. We urge you to share with us any such achievements.