Class of 2020 in the spotlight: Simangaliso Khumalo from Curro Mount Richmore
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 Simangaliso Khumalo from Curro Mount Richmore’s First Rugby Team.
This is a difficult year for the Grade 7’s of 2020, and even more so for the sportsmen and girls. Can you describe to us your personal experience and feelings in this regard? My personal experience and feeling as a sportsman is that I am very sad that the coronavirus has affected a lot of sports at Curro Mount Richmore and especially the sports that I enjoy playing.
What were you looking forward to the most this year? I was looking forward to enjoying every sport I take part in.
Who would have been your toughest opposition and why? We don’t really have tough opposition because my team is very strong. We play as a team and treat our teammates as family. Our coach Bongs has told us that we are brothers on the field and we shouldn’t be scared of other teams.
Any outstanding players in your team (in your opinion) that the public missed out on seeing play this year? Yes, Joshua Kaizer.
What is your best memory on the rugby field thus far? My best memory on the rugby field was when we beat Crawford La Lucia.
Why would you recommend Curro Mount Richmore to future scholars? It is a very good school.
What is your focus for the rest of 2020? To play rugby for the first team, run the cross-country and keep making the school proud.
Which high school are you going to in 2021? I will definitely stay in Curro Mount Richmore next year.
A message to your teammates of 2020: Work hard and believe in yourself. Stay safe during this pandemic.