Class of 2020 in the spotlight: Bulelwa Mzimela from Durban Girls’ College
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 Bulelwa Mzimela from Durban Girls’ College’s 1st girls hockey team. She is a Striker.
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 upset because I was looking to achieve more this year and go on my last tours with my teammates. I also was looking forward to playing with the Durban Girls’ College badge on my chest and making the school very proud. It is upsetting because we have set goals for ourselves to achieve this year and these are no longer possible.
What were you looking forward to the most this year? If you would have asked me this question at the beginning of the year I would have said that I am looking forward to going on my last water polo, swimming and hockey tours. I was also looking forward to playing in my last St Mary’s Waverly tour and getting the opportunity to play against the best teams in the country.
Who would have been your toughest opposition and why? At St Mary’s Waverley, HMS Oranje would have been our hardest game as they are the top hockey school and have been ranked top 2 for the last few years. In Durban our toughest opposition would have been St Mary’s Kloof as they has always been our biggest game of the season.
Any outstanding players in your team (in your opinion) that the public missed out on not seeing them play this year? There are a few grade 10’s that are new in the team that the public need to see play, because they bring a lot of value to the team.
What makes it special to play for the first team of Durban Girls’ College? There is this unique bond that you build with your teammates. I have been in the first team since Grade 9 and the bond that I have built with my teammates is absolutely amazing. Even the girls that have left Durban Girls College still keep in touch because we formed a sisterhood. The bond that you create with your teammates does not just show off the field but also shows on the field.
What is your best memory on the hockey field thus far? My best memory was when I was in Grade 9 when I won the most promising player of the tournament at St Mary’s Waverley. This is my best memory because my hard work on the field was showed off, and i was not just doing it for myself but doing my school, Durban Girls College, proud.
Why would you recommend Durban Girls’ College to future scholars? I would recommend Durban Girls’ College to future scholars because the sports at Durban Girls’ College are at a high level and we are competing against the top schools in the country. Alot of South African athletes across all sports codes have attended Durban Girls’ College. What Durban Girls College has achieved speaks for itself and the girls that are playing for the school put in the time and effort to play for the badge on their chest.
What is your focus for the rest of 2020? My focus is to study hard for trials and finals and to keep fit.
What are your plans for 2021? My plan for 2021 is to go to university and further my education and get a degree. I am going to carry on playing hockey and be able to take my hockey to the next level.
A message to your teammates of 2020: I know this is difficult because we did not get to achieve our goals but as your vice captain, there’s always next year for the Grade 11’s and 10’s. Set your goals for this year on academics and keep training for next year.