FNB Wits secured a cracking win over FNB UP-Tuks in the 6th round of the FNB Varsity Cup.
Sports clubs considered to be high-performance appear to be given preference over smaller clubs at Wits. (more…)
A Wits student has recently joined a provincial team for practice
Wits rugby player set to represent the country.
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Miss Wits Varsity Cup relaunches by shifting the focus to social awareness.
FNB Wits endure a disappointing loss against FNB Shimlas at home.
FNB Wits recovered from last week’s loss with a strong 25-15 win against CUT.
Mexico does not have a national rugby side but this did not stop Andrés Rodrigues Ramos from joining the Wits rugby team. The 22-year-old Mexico City native is an exchange student at Wits University who arrived in South Africa just over a month ago.
For the past seven years I have played touch rugby, it was a spur of the moment decision that looked like fun and gave me something to do after school. I didn’t know the sport would lead me on a long but rewarding journey.
Three years ago, I was selected to play for the Gauteng Ladies side, an experience that has taught me more in that short space of time than my 12 years inside a classroom.
Our coach, Steven Knoesen, demands perfection in every aspect of the game, for defense to be as tough as the attack, and for us to memorise every move but to improvise when needed. The past three years under his watch have broken and subsequently moulded me as a player. Three years ago, I was an average player that sailed through most games on natural ability, a bit of pace and a lot of heart. However, when you’re coming up against the best touch rugby players in the country you’ll need a lot more than heart and pace to beat them.
Finally, after years of practice, fitness training week in and week out, running the same moves a hundred times and then a hundred more, learning from defeat and building a strong team bond; we made it to the Ladies final in March this year. Obviously, our opponents would be none other than KZN, leaving us feeling like we were thrown to the sharks. Thankfully, we succeeded! We won 4-1 and came home with our first ever gold medal.
The feeling of finally succeeding after years of tireless work is indescribable. Success is built on a foundation of hard-work, heart and the pure drive to achieve regardless of the circumstances. In anything that you attempt in life, you will always be more successful if you work hard and give it your all.
There is no ‘I’ in touch rugby. I have learned that it takes six people to score a try and it takes the same to defend against one. There are moments when individuality is important but nine times out of ten, a team will be better. You need a team, whether on a sports field or in a newsroom. A team that will go again and again until they succeed. Team work is an interesting concept in the fact that everyone must work just as hard the person next to them, you will only truly succeed if there is no weak link.
I have a Ladies team that is dynamic in ability as well as people from all walks of life that put everything aside once they step onto that field. The sense of camaraderie in sport is unrivalled, friendship is an integral part to personal growth. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is crucial, they will push you to be the best version of yourself.
My three year slog to gold was a process that taught me that in everything you attempt in life, you need to put in equal part hard work to equal part heart and it is always better with a team next to you.
- Wits Vuvuzela, SLICE OF LIFE: I am who I say I am, April 2018
Wits hosted the USSA sevens tournament to attract female rugby players.
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