By Carl Osborne
This article is exclusive to the online Edition 1 of VARSITY Newspaper.
There is a great sporting culture at UCT with numerous clubs and societies devoted to sports, whose members train hard in order to succeed both in sports and academia. These students put in hard work every day in order to emerge victorious, for both themselves as well as the university.
The next South African sporting legend could be sitting right next to you in your 8am lecture or 4pm tut. After a day of lectures, you generally get to go home and rest up for the next day, but sports players are at practices, running drills or training on their own for an important upcoming game or event (whilst still needing to study for that test you both have to take). However, through these intense trials and tribulations; true future sporting icons are made and they deserve for their hard work to be seen.
Aside from maybe the Ikeys Tigers (who, through the promotions of Ikeys Vibe and perhaps some marketing by the university), most matches from UCT’s other sports clubs go largely unnoticed. We all try to support the Ikeys and Maties derby, but when have you last seen the cricket, hockey, basketball or soccer teams play? These games tend to go largely unnoticed and are unrepresented within the UCT community at large. This, however, is a good year for that to change.
Our sports teams need our support. They are out there striving to bring attention to our university and we should be there to witness it. We, as a university community, have a responsibility to be there for our peers. So, let’s not leave them with empty seats.