By Kaamil Adams
This article can also be found in the print Edition 2 of VARSITY Newspaper.
UCT Basketball has grown remarkably in the past few years. With highly ranked athletes and a proud management team, here’s what we can expect from a dribbling duo.
Fortuna Bagula and Louise Ovner represent the UCT female basketball squad. Yes, they are tall and though their stature does improve their game, according to Ovner and Bagula: talent, strength and height are not the only factors which contribute to your success as an up and coming basketball player, especially at UCT.
“Pride” and “game.” Those two words summed up my interview with Bagula and Ovner. I constantly fell into a state of awe as a result of their passion and will power. Their words, feelings and body language were enough for me to conclude that they have great experience from UCT basketball.
However, this passion and will power, is often shadowed by the gender bias discussion around basketball being a predominantly male sport. Ovner and Bagula expressed deep emotions towards this issue which, even today, consistently reveals itself in the world of sport. The effect it has on morale and growth is not only evident in basketball, but in every other sport played in the 21st century.
Outside of the discussion of gender dominance in the sport, UCT basketball admits that when compared to other universities, attendance and support still lacks. These issues, when not attended to, affect the management and drive of sport participation.
The use of modern day services should be utilized in order to expose and spread the successes of sports clubs. Despite the club’s minor set-backs, there is much to be celebrated. UCT basketball is able to boast about the South African National Squad representative who is in-fact a student at UCT. Kyle Maclean, proudly represented the South African National men’s squad at an open level.
So now you know, UCT basketball does exist. They need our support and yes, we are going to give it to them. They’re shooting hoops for UCT. So, let’s provide them with the ball needed to do so.