For the first time in the university’s 90-year history, a disabled Wits student has been awarded a sports bursary.

Sisanda Msekele was recognized for being a member of the SA adaptive rowing team.

The 3rd year psychology student who started rowing a year ago said: “Owing to my blindness it was very difficult to master the technique of rowing. It’s the hardest thing I have done in my life.”

However dedication, good time management and her supportive coach Marco Baleone had been the recipe to her success.

She received the award at the Wits Sport Council’s annual Sport Bursary and Scholarship Awards ceremony. The hour-long ceremony was held at Sturrock Park last Thursday, 22 March 2012.

“Sisanda is a very hardworking young lady and we wish her all the best for the year 2012,” said Onkabetse Matlhaga, communications officer for Wits Sport.

In April she will be flying to Belgrade with her team for the 2012 London Olympics qualifiers.

Size Vardhan, who recently succeeded John Baxter as head of Wits Sport, also gave blue ties to individuals who strive for the success of sport at the university. The honorees were Baxter, Prof Ronnie Schloss, Prof Bruce Murray, Hloni Phutsoane and Rob Sharman.

Vardhan thanked Murray, Sharman, Croxley, ABSA and the Sky Foundation for sponsoring the bursaries and scholarships.