From Boat to Being

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By Kaamil Adams

This article can also be found in the print Edition 1 of VARSITY Newspaper.

 

A journey of change from coach to rower, here’s what sport has the power to do.

Well let’s face it, one way or another, we are all willing to help. From simple smiles to a cup of sugar, helping is fulfilling and a character builder.

Often, what we find is that it is easier to give when we have the means to do so. However, the question being asked is: how willing are we to make an effort where money and time is required?

Many boast about their good deeds which they have committed, and from these deeds, they are often glorified in the eyes of society. The irony is that more often than not those who have contributed the most do not receive the praise they deserve.

Image courtesy of Kaamil Adams.

The impact which we want to leave should not be that of a billionaire who, because of his means, was able to support a R250 000 slum project, but rather we should strive to be the average Joe who saved orphaned Reagan Abrahams from drugs and poverty by creating a chance to change. As a rowing coach, it became my objective to target those who, by the blights of poverty, were forced to accept only football as their choice of sport.

The most rewarding part of my journey as a coach began last year when the little, undernourished kids from Zeekoevlei High School embarked on their first rowing experience. This ended last week, when they walked through Cape Town International Airport, with nine silver medals from the South African Junior Rowing Championships in Pretoria. This had been particularly impactful to me, due to the fact that this was their first competitive tournament.

We as students have the chance to evoke change by helping. It is difficult, yes, but not impossible. Let’s get up and change lives through sport, with a smile.

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