Class of 2020 in the spotlight: Jaywardean Prinsloo from Nico Malan
The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in schools closing and students learning from home, ultimately leaving no room for sport. One has to feel for the Grade 7’s and 12’s in their last year of primary and high school. The boys and girls worked hard on their pre-season training and looked forward to a year full of excitement, recognition and new experiences, but have now missed out on certain opportunities in 2020. AWSUM would like to give them some recognition as they will never be able to turn back the clock and write their own bit of school history in a year that was to be the biggest in their school career.
AWSUM spoke to Jaywardean Prinsloo from Nico Malan’s First Rugby Team, and he plays Flyhalf.
This is a difficult year for the Matrics of 2020, and even more so for the sportsmen and girls. Can you describe to us your personal experience and feelings in this regard? I am very sad and disappointed because I didn’t get the chance to play in the 1st team Framesby Derby.
What were you looking forward to the most this year? I was looking forward to playing at the KES Easter Festival and the U17 Eastern Province 7’s tournament.
Who would have been your toughest opposition and why? Hoërskool Framesby by far, my U16 team from last year should have beaten them, but we lost by 2 points. I feel this year we had a great chance of beating them.
Any outstanding players in your team (in your opinion) that the public missed out on not seeing them play this year? Anshis Plaatjies, by far the fastest and lightest player I’ve ever played alongside. He is very fast on his feet and has the ability to crack any defense. Hanru van Vreeden, the hardest working player in the team who had a great chance of making the Craven Week side.
What makes it special to play for the first team of Nico Malan? It’s something I’ve wanted to achieve since I arrived at Nico Malan. It’s just a privilege to play in the 1st team because it’s so difficult to get chosen.
What is your best memory on the rugby field thus far? When I scored my first try for the 1st team on my debut against St Andrew’s this year.
Why would you recommend Nico Malan to future scholars? It’s a school with great values and the best school in the Kouga. Nico Malaners don’t only achieve great results on the field but also off the field, with an average of 90% and above matric pass rate every year.
What is your focus for the rest of 2020? I’m going to use the time to focus on my academics, and gym for the next 6 months.
What are your plans for 2021? I’m currently trying to find a spot at NMU in Port Elizabeth and you might see me next year playing for NMU.
A message to your teammates of 2020: I would just like to thank all of my teammates for everything they have done since the rugby camp. It’s been a real honour to play alongside extremely talented boys. Thank you for all the nice, fun times we made and I hope we play together again in the future. All the best to each and every one of you.