Class of 2020 in the spotlight: Gershom Pieters from Paarl Boys’ Primary
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 Gershom Pieters from Paarl Boys’ Primary’s First Rugby Team, and he plays Lock.
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? I feel so sad about the rugby season being cancelled. When you start at Boys’ Primary, you look up to all the boys that get capped and you kind of wish that one day it will be your turn. I am sad that I am going to miss out on that in my final year. It’s a big thing for me!
What were you looking forward to the most this year? The whole rugby season! Craven Week, our rugby tour, and I was really hoping to go on the hockey tour too. I had so many dreams for my U13 team in both rugby and hockey!
Who would have been your toughest opposition and why? Durbanville and Paarl Gymnasium – Paarl Gym have a great team this year and the match at Intershools is always an unpredictable game. And then a great rival is definitely also Grey College in Bloemfontein.
Any outstanding players in your team (in your opinion) that the public missed out on seeing them play this year? All of us – We all worked so hard and came such a long way together as a really strong and great team! I know we would have made our coaches and parents as well as each other so proud!
What makes it special to play for the first team of Paarl Boys’ Primary? You just feel so proud! I love being someone that the young kids can look up to, and giving them something to look forward to in their future by having an idol, much like I did! To me that makes me proud to be a good leader and hope for kids!
What is your best memory on the rugby field thus far? Every single moment to me was just such a blessing and being selected as Vice Captain for the U12 WP team was also a fantastic privilege!
Why would you recommend Paarl Boys’ Primary to future scholars? I cannot really recommend any school because I have nothing to compare it to – I only know and have ever known Paarl Boys’ Primary – but being part of a school with so much tradition and talent and to be able to compete against top schools makes me proud to be part of it and I think that’s what makes it just so much more appealing than any other school.
What is your focus for the rest of 2020? I really need to keep my fitness levels up because next year I am really going to have to give my very best and more! However, I also need to concentrate on my academics now.
Which high school are you going to in 2021? Paarl Boys’ High, of course – can’t wait!!
A message to your teammates of 2020: Guys – I know that we are not all going to be together next year on the same team – so it was so important for me to have been able to play one last time with the Boys in Blue as we know it. We have come such a long way together. Next year some of us will be playing in the same team and some against each other, but I will always be proud of our team! We will always be the Boys in Blue!