Class of 2020 in the spotlight: Erin Girodo 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 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 Erin Girodo from Durban Girls’ College 1st team netball and she plays Goal Attack, Goal Shooter, & Wing Attack.
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 personally feel really sad and disappointed that I am not able to play with my amazing team, I am not in matric but I feel sad for all the matric sportsmen and girls as it is their last year and they can’t play due to the virus.
What were you looking forward to the most this year? I was looking forward to playing in the action and outdoor league and hopefully winning both leagues.
Who would have been your toughest opposition and why? I think our toughest opponents would have been Our Lady of Fatima, as they have one of my old KZN coaches who knows our playing style.
What makes it special to play for the first team of Durban Girls College? I have been very honoured to play in the first team from the age of 15 (Grade 9). Netball is my passion and to be selected to play with the older girls has helped my game improve.
What is your best memory on the netball court thus far? My favourite memory was winning gold with the indoor league. Celebrating with the team was great fun!
Why would you recommend Durban Girls’ College to future scholars? I see Durban Girls’ College’s sport going very far in the future. They are doing really well and I can see it being even better in the future.
What is your focus for the rest of 2020? My focus for the rest of 2020 is to stay as fit as I can so that my skills and talents don’t fade away.
What are your plans for 2021? My plan for 2021 is to try out for the first team again and hopefully we get the chance to play the outdoor league.
A message to your teammates of 2020: I am very honoured to have played with such an amazing team of girls. I believe that every single one of you will succeed in netball in the future. You girls have been a great example and role model to me, THANK YOU.