Class of 2020 in the spotlight: Tatym Titus from Victoria Girls High School
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 7s and 12s in their last years of primary and high school. The boys and girls worked hard on the pre-season training and looked forward to a year full of excitement, recognition and new experiences but now have 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 their biggest in their school career.
AWSUM spoke to Tatym Titus from Victoria Girls High School ’s 1st team hockey and she plays wing
This is a difficult year for the Matrics of 2020, and even more so for the sportsmen and women. Can you describe to us your personal experience and feelings in this regard?
2020 was meant to be THE YEAR but it ended up being the year of disaster and put both the academic and sporting year on hold. The disaster, besides starving as a result of the rise of a new virus, also meant online schooling, which was a huge adjustment and the reason why I ‘m not coping at this moment. I am not ready for trials let alone finals, but being back at school and being able to have that physical interaction (at a distance) is helping. On the sporting note, I was more sad than upset that the hockey season had to end so soon due to this pandemic. I am sad because once you start playing one game of hockey you just can’t stop, and when you stop playing, you feel a certain emptiness that the only turf, stick and a ball can fill. Not being able to play just hasn’t sat right with me, but I believe that I’ll be able to play again, perhaps not in the time that I have left of my high school career, but in the future.
What were you looking forward to the most this year?
I was most looking forward to playing with my team for one last time and getting 100 caps this season,.I was also looking forward to the matric dance which I have been waiting for since the start of high school.
Who would have been your toughest opposition and why?
Definitely Diocesan School for Girls (DSG). Those girls breathe, sleep, eat and play hockey. They are incredible and each year their team gets even better and stronger, and we just can’t seem to reach their standards; but in saying so, my team always gives their all when it comes to playing against that side.
Any outstanding players in your team(in your opinion) that the public missed out on seeing play this year?
Each player has received a chance to play in this season thus far but in my opinion, the most outstanding players in the team have been Khanyisa Gama and Liphelo Mpolweni. They have taken up the roles of many positions on the field and showed great perseverance. I do wish they were given more time to shine. They are driven when it comes to the game and play their hearts out on the turf.
What makes it special to play for the first team of Victoria Girls High School?
The most special thing for me to be playing in VG ‘s first hockey team is the bonds that are formed between players and the team as a whole. We are family and we feed off one another’s energy, for instance, if a player is amped and full of adrenaline then everyone else on the team is too. Also, when one player’s mood has dropped then so does everyone else’s, but being able to laugh and just enjoy the game with my “family” is special. Another special experience is being able to play firsts for 3 consecutive years, proving year after year that it is where I belong.
What is your best memory on the hockey field thus far?
I remember this moment as though it was yesterday…It was a chilly night, It was a Kingswood night match and the ball gets slipped to me and I am running the baseline passing the Kingswood defence, it is now a 1 v 1 against the keeper I get the ball past her and we both watch as the ball slowly rolls towards the goal and prrt the whistle goes… It is a goal for Victoria Girls, and I could not believe my eyes and although we lost the game, getting the opportunity to score against such opposition was indescribable.
Why would you recommend Victoria Girls High School to future scholars?
I would recommend Victoria Girls High School to future scholars not only because it is one of the best schools in terms of academics in Grahamstown, but because of the wide variety of sports offered. Making firsts for any sport gives you the opportunity to travel and play in tournaments and festivals and allows you to strengthen bonds with both teammates and coach. You are given the chance to play EP or SA for sports or if you are an academic, then the chance to earn your half or full academic colours. If you are musically inclined then you are also able to express that through voice or instrument, not to mention that for the artist, it is the ideal school as well.
What is your focus for the rest of 2020?
I would’ve liked to say that my focus is divided 50/50 between both sports and academics but due to COVID-19 my main focus now is on the academic year and trying to make it through despite the circumstances in which we are currently being schooled.
What are your plans for 2021?
My plans for 2021 are to study a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Rhodes University and to hopefully pick up and play hockey again if allowed.
A message to your teammates of 2020:
Failure or loss does not make you weak, it builds on your strengths so that the next time you get out onto the turf, or where ever you may find yourself in life, you are stronger and more motivated to not only bag that wins but to leave knowing you’ve given your all. Thank you for all the memories in such a short time, and I hope you all laugh thinking back to when we took the fines from Mr J.. Stay safe and healthy. Wishing you all nothing but the best for your future endeavours.