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After a month long voting session that garnered more than 30 000 votes the visitors to SA Schools Sports voted for the BEST Sports Arena in South Africa. And the winner with more than 50% of the vote was the Piley Rees field at Bishops in the Western Cape.

Monday, 20 October 2014 15:57

The Best Coach's Speech & Why It Works

People talk all the time about what makes up a great teacher or coach. The vast majority of the conversation focuses on the daily business of the craft: methods, information, and strategies. And this makes perfect sense.

Friday, 17 October 2014 15:11

10% of High School Boys Using Steriods

It has long been argued that steroid usage is very much part and particle of school sports in South Africa. Many schools have initiated programs to curb the epidemic but it seems apparent that steroid use is steadily on the rise.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:04

Where is the Best School Sports Arena in SA?

There was a tremendous response to last year’s poll to find which school sports field was the best. The REC at Queen’s College took the honors, however there have been plenty of calls for us to rerun the poll so here goes! Where is the Best School Field in SA? (2014 editon).

Regardless of where one watches or plays their sport as an adult, be it that freezing trip to London to watch the Springboks at Twickenham, or that Currie Cup final where your voice echoed with thousands of others at Newlands, Loftus or Kingspark, for many, their school sports fields makes all these other venues pale into insignificance.

Have you checked out the numbers? No fewer than 70 percent of South African kids will quit organized sports by age 15. According to my slightly-less-formal survey of parents, figures for music and dance are in the same ballpark, if not higher.

Monday, 15 September 2014 13:58

Never, never say "I can't!"

Looking for some motivation? Take a look at this video and see why you should never say "I can't."

Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:28

The Good & Bad of Sports Parents!

If asked what makes a good sports program almost anyone who has played sport at virtually any level would be able to suggest a few key elements which contribute to the best environment for learning and for motivating the athlete.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:27

Rowing: Dan Watkins Strikes Gold for SA!

A dream come true! Daniel Watkins (17) and Deputy Head of School at St Alban’s College dreamt of representing his country in the Junior Mens Single Scull!

Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00

Is the All-Rounder on the Endangered List?

In the polished heart of the 1980s, in the dimly lit halls of Westville Boy’s High School there walked a god. He was rangy, blond, and bore the cinematically perfect name of Errol Stewart. And Errol Stewart was awesome!

KwaZulu-Natal boasts some of the best surfing in the world with magnificent coastal scenery and a high quality surf. Surfing has evolved into a very competitive sport and has earned Crawford College North Coast the title of the best surfing school in KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa since 2011.

South Africa's most decorated champion life saver Hank McGregor gave praise to the younger members of the field taking part in the Varsity College South African Schools Surfski Championships that culminated with the final event, the Varsity College Surfski Challenge, that brought down the curtain on the Surfski Series.

St Mary’s School, Waverley have long been one of the leading rowing schools in the country and at the recent SA Schools Rowing Champs they once again showed that they are a serious force to be reckoned with.

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 The battle for the coveted junior boys’ Kirby Trophy and junior girls’ Lions Trophy at this year’s Dusi Canoe Marathon will be yet another fascinating affair as the sport’s emerging young stars look to leave their mark on the race that begins at Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg on Thursday 13 February,2014.

Friday, 18 October 2013 09:23

Top "All-Rounder" Sport Rankings?

Webster’s Dictionary defines the “all-rounder” as one who is ‘efficient in all respects, especially in sport, versatile, comprehensive, able to do many things, well rounded.’

It would be imprudent to allow a calendar year of publishing a Sports magazine to pass without having a fresh take on the “Professionalism in High school sports” debate. Is it good or is it bad? Why are people investing so much in sport? What is the effect on the young sportsmen? How do parents cope with the situation? How do schools deal with the situation? We need to ask the one big question: Who is benefitting from this professionalism in school boy sport?

Grade 12 Crawford College La Lucia pupil, Travis Fisher, and past Crawfordian (2009), Jared Fisher, recently competed in the John Meyer Memorial Water Ski Championships held in Palm Bay, Florida and, later, they represented South Africa at the World U21 Water Ski Championships held in Winter Garden, FL.

At the John Meyer Memorial Water Ski competition, Travis finished second and scored a new personal best of 1 bouy at 11.25m at 58km/h. This feat has only ever been achieved by a hand full of South African Water Skiers. Travis has also achieved a high enough score to qualify for his Open National Water Skiing Colours. Jared finished first with a new personal best of 2 and half bouys at 11.25m @ 58km/h.

Unfortunately, Travis fell early on in his run and didn’t score well at The World Water Ski Championships. Jared, however, continued his excellent form and finished 20th.

A professional baseball career for a South African schoolboy regardless of the talent is a remote if not impossible dream.

Teal is passionate about surfing and her success in this area of her life has fuelled this passion.  She has been selected to represent the KZN Surfing Team for five consecutive years and is working hard to be selected to the SA Surfing team.  She has an opportunity to achieve this dream in September at the Jeffreys Bay’s famous wave machine.  This is a vital step in attaining professional surfer status and a World Champion title.

Teal’s talent and determination was evident during Crawford College North Coasts’ competitive approach against the KZN Surfing Schools for the Championship title, which they won for a third consecutive year.  She was a valuable member of the ‘A’ team and her flashing manoeuvres were vital to the success of the team and their ultimate victory.

South African sport lovers are in mourning. Within the space of a few hours, they have had to come to terms with having to bid farewell to two great coaches.

 In a matter of weeks, the likes of Sergeal Petersen, Sean Robinson and Quinton de Kock have transformed from your average rambunctious teen, into professional sportsmen competing at the highest level.

SA School Sports Magazine and Mr. Price Sport have teamed up once again to make the PLAYER OF THE MONTH Awards not only bigger than ever before but now even easier to be involved with!

In what turned out to be a record number of votes for the March Mr Price Sport Player of the Month Award it was the 16 cyclists from Epworth Girl's High you finally ran out the winners in a tightly contested vote.

Westville Boys’ High School pupils Paul van Achterbergh has his sights set solely on making history later this week when he tackles the South African Surf Lifesaving Championships from 21-23 March at Addington Beach and looks to become only the third person globally to win both the junior and senior men’s Iron man titles at a national champs.

There was some  world class action as  the country’s top junior talent tackled the eight kilometer Varsity College SA Schools Surfski Champs.

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