Class of 2020 in the spotlight: Neville Cooper from Robertson High 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 Neville Cooper from Robertson High School’s 1st rugby team. He plays the position of 8-Man.
This is a difficult year for the Matrics of 2020, and even more so for the sportsmen and women. Can you describe to us your personal experience and feelings in this regard? I was really disappointed to hear that sport for this year was cancelled and, to be honest, I was looking forward to the best year of my school career on the rugby field.
What were you looking forward to the most this year? I was looking forward to the matric farewell and for the best interschools of my life, especially when it is our last. opportunity to shine.
Who would have been your toughest opposition and why? Probably Charlie Hofmeyer High School, because they are our interschools opponents and at interschools anything can happen in the last 5 minutes.
Any outstanding players in your team (in your opinion) that the public missed out on seeing play this year? There are no individuals, because “WE RUN AS ONE” and we are all outstanding so the public missed out on a great 2020 season from Robertson High School.
What makes it special to play for the first team of Robertson High School? To play for the first team of Robertson High School is the best feeling that anyone can experience, because first the public’s support is outstanding, not to mention the school’s spirit on the pavilion. The best part, however, is that even before the rugby season started, the team became a family.
What is your best memory on the rugby field thus far? My fondest memory on the rugby field was when we broke Hopefield High School’s winning streak on their own rugby field.
Why would you recommend Robertson High School to future scholars? I would recommend Robertson High School to future learners because of the respect we have for one another and not just on a sports field but off the sports field as well.
What is your focus for the rest of 2020? To focus on studying and to bring my academic marks up to standard.
What are your plans for 2021? To study architecture at a college in Stellenbosch or to go to Ireland and focus on rugby and study architecture.
A message to your teammates of 2020: You all know about the tough time we are going through, but just remember that we run as one and not just on the sports field, but also off it, so if anything goes wrong you know there are 22 brothers that have your back.