15 April 2016 Volume :4 Issue :15

Top Honours for Sport Science Graduate

Top Honours for Sport Science Graduate
Ms Tayla Henry.

Hard work and a passion for people and sport helped Ms Tayla Henry (22) graduate with a summa cum laude Bachelor of Sport Science degree.

Henry topped her class at UKZN after receiving Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarships in 2014 and 2015 respectively for academic excellence.

‘I have always had a keen interest in sport and how the body works and Sport Science combined those two fields perfectly,’ said Henry.

She received Dean’s commendations every semester at UKZN, became a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society and served as a College of Health Science Peer Wellness Mentor, which she found very rewarding.

At school, Henry played netball, first-team soccer and was a member of the gymnastics team. She said she still enjoyed coaching gymnastics as well as socialising with friends, spending time with family and traveling and exploring new places.

‘It is an honour to be graduating as a top student and I am proud of my achievements,’ said Henry. ‘I have worked hard throughout my degree but I did not expect to perform as well as I have. My family are proud of my achievements and have fully supported me throughout my years at varsity.’

Henry, who is currently completing her Biokinetics Honours degree, intends serving a year’s internship at a registered Biokinetics practice before entering the working world.

She has enjoyed her lectures as well as supporting the UKZN Impi in Varsity Shield rugby games.

Henry advised students entering tertiary education to do a bit of work every day because it helped in the long run. ‘You also need to ensure time for non-academic activities to achieve a healthy balance.’ 

Lunga Memela

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