Five College of Humanities students have won UKZN Prestige Sports Scholarships for outstanding achievements at provincial, national and international levels in soccer, volleyball, netball, rugby and athletics.
They are Ms Jacintha Padayachee, Ms Zinhle Mlaba, Ms Ziyanda Ngcobo, Mr Thobekani Buthelezi and Mr Sandile Dlamini.
Padayachee’s passion for sport flourished when she was in primary school while her interest in volleyball was encouraged by her father and she was later chosen for the KwaZulu-Natal senior women’s volleyball team.
‘My parents have both been medically boarded making it a huge challenge for us to find money to pay the costs of study and travelling so the scholarship will help ease that problem,’ said Padayachee.
‘I really enjoy playing volleyball and have high hopes for my success in the sport in the future.’
Mlaba who grew up in Richmond in KwaZulu-Natal, has been involved in athletics, netball and soccer and has played in the Sasol Women’s Soccer League.
She struggled to find money to pay for the necessary sports gear and clothing but carried on determined to rise above the challenges. ‘The scholarship will help cover the costs of a lot of things which is a huge advantage for me.’
Ngcobo said the scholarship would assist her a lot with the costs of studying and playing sport for which she was very grateful.