Class of 2020 in the spotlight: Josh Le Roux from Paarl Boys’ 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 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 Josh Le Roux from Paarl Boys’ Primary School’s First Rugby Team and he plays scrumhalf.
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 am very disappointed to be missing out on my last year of barefoot rugby and frustrated that all my hard work in pre-season training couldn’t be put to the test.
What were you looking forward to the most this year? I was looking forward to our Marlow rugby tour. We would have left for Marlow the week the lockdown started, the North-South rugby tournament, Grey College touring Paarl and my favourite game: Interschools.
Who would have been your toughest opposition and why? Grey College and Paarl Gym, both teams play with absolute commitment and always bring their A-game when they play against us, which is why I always look forward to playing against them.
Any outstanding players in your team (in your opinion) that the public missed out on seeing them play this year? Six of the U13A team that played Interschools in 2019 are back in the team this year. It would have been great to see how their game had matured and developed. Plus, a number of other boys have grown massively, especially in the forward pack. I’m sure their stars would have shone brightly this year.
What makes it special to play for the first team of Paarl Boys’ Primary? The tradition, camaraderie, being with my Brothers in Blue and the “Gees”. We play for each other and stand together even in the toughest of times.
What is your best memory on the rugby field thus far? Winning Interschools 2019 with a record score.
Why would you recommend Paarl Boys’ Primary to future scholars? It is the home of true gentlemen. There is a great balance between academics and sports. We have the most “Gees” and the best rugby coaches.
What is your focus for the rest of 2020? I’m using this downtime to build on my rugby skill set for 2021, because we will never have this “free-time” opportunity again.
Which high school are you going to in 2021? Paarl Boys’ High, of course!
A message to your teammates of 2020: Keep motivated and work on your skill set, 2021 will be the best year yet!