UKZN BELS Students Excel on National Sports Stage
Discipline of Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences (BELS) students Mr Devin O’ Regan and Mr Sandile Ngcobo represented UKZN at the Volleyball South Africa National Club Championship in Johannesburg.
The duo were also in the KwaZulu-Natal team which competed in the National Volleyball League in Durban.
A visibly elated BELS Academic Leader Dr Rowena Naidoo said her Discipline proudly supported the young volleyball players, ‘Both these young men are talented sportsmen and have excelled in their sports careers from a young age. They are role models of the Discipline and the University. We will continue to support them in their sporting and academic lives.’
O’Regan, a Biokineticist, is currently completing his Master’s degree in Sport Science. The recipient of the University’s Prestigious Sports Scholarship, he captained the University’s student team to victory and received UKZN’s 2015 Sportsman of the Year Award.
His research focuses on the health and wellness of students living on campus. ‘I would like to promote healthier lifestyle habits among our students as well as encourage them to participate in university sports,’ said O’Regan.
Eighteen-year-old Ncgobo, born and raised in the Hambanathi Township, Tongaat, is a first-year Bachelor of Sport Science student. He started playing volleyball at the age of 11.
He received provincial colours in 2016 at the Schools Winter Games where he received the Best Setter Award. In 2017, he again he received the Best Setter award and also the Most Valuable Player Award.
A talented young sportsman, Ncgobo is passionate about his career in Sport Science ‘There are many young kids in South Africa who are talented in various sport codes but are not recognised, especially in townships and rural areas. I hope that as a sport scientist, I can make a difference and provide opportunities for such talent to be recognised,’ he said.
Words: Nombuso Dlamini