Class of 2020 in the spotlight: Paisley Bush from Forest View Primary 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 Paisley Bush from Forest View Primary School’s 1st netball team. She also participates in athletics, cross-country, swimming & ballet.
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? At the beginning of 2020, my goals for the year were well defined. I was going to work hard towards victrix ludorum for athletics. I have worked super hard every year in senior primary to achieve top athlete of the year. Achieving Victrix this year would have been a dream come true for me. It has been disappointing to say the least that I am not able to compete against my ‘rivals’ this year. They give me a good run for my money. I am still hoping that somehow, we might be able to compete before this year is over. House captain for athletics was another goal I had my eyes on. Keeping my fingers crossed that maybe just maybe this lockdown will be lifted. I was also hoping to be selected for Netball trials in the second term as I would have been so excited to compete again. This has been disappointing for me too. Cross country is another passion of mine and I am so sad that I missed out on competing in my final primary school year. This is something I will never be able to experience again. High school will give me the opportunity to run in cross country but I feel that I have missed my most important year so far.
What were you looking forward to the most this year? The thing I was looking forward to most this year was competing for the Victrix Ludorum in athletics.
Who would have been your toughest opposition in athletics and why? My toughest opposition on the sports field is Tyra Zimmerman. She is a fierce competitor and works just as hard to achieve her goals as I do. She is just as deserving of the title of Victrix Ludorum as I am.
Any outstanding players in your netball team (in your opinion) that the public missed out on seeing play this year? I feel there is an outstanding player on my Netball team, her name is Samke. She can play any position we need her to play in. She is very fast on the field and always looking for open spaces. She was one of only 2 Grade 6 pupils on the first team.
What makes it special to represent Forest View Primary School? It is such an honour to play in the first team for Forest View Primary school. I am very proud to be a student at FVPS. I have spent 8 years of my young life being taught by the teachers. I have very fond memories and have learnt so much.
What is your best memory on sports field thus far? Hearing my mom cheering me on in Cross Country (I could hear her no matter where I was). Her support means so much to me. It really gets me through each race and I always look forward to a big hug at the finish line of each race.
Why would you recommend Forest View Primary School to future scholars? I would recommend FVPS to future scholars because there is a very sense of family at the school. Teachers work together to teach you and train you on the sports field and in the classroom. Many scholars from FVPS have received sports scholarships when they have gone off to high school, which says a lot about the school.
What is your focus for the rest of 2020? My focus for the rest of 2020 has now turned to being 100 percent focused on achieving the much sought after Dux for academics. I will work very hard to achieve this. I would also like to start getting fit again and start running every day with my mom.
Which high school are you going to in 2021? We have not decided which high school I am going to yet, but it will probably be Hillcrest High school.
A message to all your teammates and competitors of 2020: To my team-mates of 2020. This year has been so strange. Disappointments on and off the sports field have left us sad and unsure of the future. Yes we may never play in a team together again, but we played well, we formed strong friendships and we will always remember each other. You have put in the time, effort and hard work, you know that this will pay off in high school. Good luck for 2021.