UKZN IMPI Winger Graduates as Best Honours Student in Leisure Science
UKZN’s IMPI rugby team player, Mr Yandisa Mdolomba, showed he is an impressive all-rounder after being named Best Leisure Science student and graduating with Honours.
Mdolomba said he was grateful his hard work had paid off.
The 25-year-old from Kokstad displayed brawn and brains at UKZN, playing for the University’s IMPI rugby team since 2012 and being part of the team which finished second in the Varsity Shield Cup last year.
In 2013, Mdolomba was named Sportsman of the Day at the Sport Science Sports Day for students.
He has also coached the UKZN’s women’s rugby team since 2013, guiding them to victory in the University Sport South Africa games in 2014 when they were also named UKZN Westville Team of the Year and UKZN’s Team of the Year.
‘I’ve always been a very active individual and physical activity has always been a huge part of my life. So I chose to study sport science because it would give me a platform to make a difference in my community through sport and physical activity,’ said Mdolomba.
‘Having to leave home and come to study full-time in Durban meant I was away from my family for majority of the year. Playing for the UKZN IMPI rugby team also demanded me spending a considerable amount of my time travelling and training so it was a challenge to balance doing sport and meeting the standards of my academic programme.’
‘It’s is a great privilege and I’m blessed to have had such an opportunity,’ he said after being capped at the Graduation ceremony.
‘I’m driven by my hunger to succeed and my love for sport, most importantly, my family and friends,’ he said, adding that in future he wanted to work within needy communities and make a difference through sport and exercise, and getting the youth off the streets and onto the play grounds.
Mdolomba, who is currently registered for his Masters in Sports Science (Leisure), also holds a diploma in Sports Management.