Passion for Sports and Statistics Motivates High Achiever
BSc student and formidable triathlete, Ms Nina Grundlingh was awarded the UKZN Prestige Sports Scholarship for her outstanding achievement in participating in the KwaZulu-Natal Women’s Triathlon team.
Hailing from St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls in Kloof, Ms Nina Grundlingh represented her school in Water Polo, swimming, cross-country and athletics. She was even the cross-country Captain in Matric.
Grundlingh never competed on a serious level in triathlons at school, however, as she focused mainly on her academic studies.
After matriculating with exceptional results, she registered at the UKZN to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Statistics and Applied Mathematics in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. Her hard work saw her receiving an undergraduate scholarship.
After battling with a running injury, Grundlingh looked into a non-weight bearing workout to help aid the healing process. This resulted in her spending a significant amount of time in swimming, spinning classes and gym. It was during this period that she developed a keen interest in triathlons.
Within the first year of competing in triathlons, she qualified to represent KwaZulu-Natal at the South African National Championships.
A grateful Grundlingh said: ‘The financial assistance of this scholarship has helped me invest in my sport as I continue to strive towards being the best athlete I can be. This scholarship has helped me realise the potential I hold as a triathlete and has given me extra motivation to work towards my triathlon goals.’
Dr Jane Morgan, Lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science said: ‘The UKZN Prestige Sports Scholarship is a much welcomed and appreciated award and I believe that her present triathlon competitions will give positive outcomes for the University and its reputation.’
Dr Karen Bargate, Senior Lecturer in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance said: ‘Nina is a hardworking, dedicated, humble person and this is evident in both her academic and athletic achievements. Nina has managed to balance the training with her studies and excel in both academics and triathlon.’
Grundlingh’s parents are very proud of their daughter. ‘She has big dreams for herself in triathlons and is looking into combining her academics in Statistics with her sporting career. This has all been made possible by the scholarship award and we as parents will always be very grateful and appreciative of the trust the University has put into our daughter.’
Grundlingh’s future academic plans include undertaking her Honours degree in Statistics and merging her passion for triathlons with analysing data. Her goal is also to qualify for a Triathlon World Champs.