04 May 2017 Volume :5 Issue :24

UKZN Duo Scoops Bronze at Beach Volleyball Tournament

UKZN Duo Scoops Bronze at Beach Volleyball Tournament
From left: Mr Avikar Ramcharan, Dr Rose Laka-Mathebula, Mr Mark Bashe and Mr Lubabalo Siseko Mnguni.

Bachelor of Education students Mr Avikar Ramcharan and Mr Lubabalo Siseko Mnguni teamed up to compete at the recent Volleyball Beach Tournament in Port Elizabeth and won bronze medals.

Ramcharan, who has played volleyball since the age of eight, is a recent convert to the sport – his first game was this year!

He says he enjoys playing beach volleyball as it is challenging and tests skills and fitness. ‘Playing on the sand is not easy, however constant training does improve your game not only on the beach but indoors as well’.

Mnguni has been playing beach volleyball for about two years and has 13 years’ experience in indoor volleyball. ‘Beach volleyball was born out of indoor volleyball and that has made beach volleyball a very intellectual sport compared to the indoor power play. It’s very challenging from the sand to the shots.’

He was chuffed about winning bronze. ‘It feels amazing!  It was our first time as partners in beach volleyball. Team chemistry is vital and we had that.

‘When it comes to training, we don’t have a special coach or anything of that sort.  A couple of us who play club volleyball go down to the beachfront and practice our skills in areas of defending, attacking and working on game situation plans. We are constantly trying to learn new things and improve our game,’ said Ramcharan.

He enjoys playing soccer and cricket and balances his academic pursuits and love for sports. He plans to read for a PhD in Education and aims to tour the world playing volleyball. ‘A huge thank you to the University for assisting with funding which allowed us to participate in the tournament. I can proudly say I am honoured to be a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.’

Mnguni, who coaches volleyball at Westville Boys' High in his spare time, acknowledged his volleyball club teams and all the sponsors including Volleyball South Africa and Supersport.

He praised the ‘phenomenal’ crowd support at the tournament which was held in Port Elizabeth – in spite of the rain!

The students thanked Executive Director: Student Services, Dr Rose Laka-Mathebula; UKZN Sports Management staff Mr Mark Bashe, Mr Ashraf Ganie and Ms Roshnee Naicker, and coaching staff, Lawrence Naidoo and Venai Naicker, for their support.

Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer

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