Education Student Excels in Dancing
Third year Education student Ms Amanda Shezi achieved top rankings in ballroom and Latin dancing during the KZN Championships 2017 competition.
Shezi and her partner, Mr Sakhile Mkhwanazi, were ranked first in ballroom and third in Latin.
She attributes her success to avid dancer Mr Nkululeko Sibiya who introduced her to ballroom and Latin dance in 2016.
Before that, Shezi had neither danced socially nor entered championship competitions.
She entered two competitions in 2016 with no success. ‘I felt like a failure and I gave up dancing,’ she said.
Sibiya encouraged her back onto the dance floor reminding her that it wasn’t about winning, but rather about the lesson that came with failing.
‘That was what I needed to hear,’ said Shezi, who rehearsed every day and overcame many challenges, including not having a partner to dance with. ‘Sport has taught me a lot about dedication, loyalty and hard work. I believe that those three components build a champion in all spheres of life,’ she said.
Luckily, Shezi found a partner in Mkhwanazi two weeks before this year’s KZN Championships competition and with him savoured success.
Shezi is also a netball player, having won gold, silver and bronze medals with the Holzer netball team in various competitions.
Words: Melissa Mungroo; Sabelo Nxumalo