An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which individuals or teams compete against each other to achieve a medal or trophy has made VUT a force to be reckoned with – globally.
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VUT acknowledges sports hero’s

An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which individuals or teams compete against each other to achieve a medal or trophy has made VUT a force to be reckoned with – globally.

The Sports Department awards recognise and reward VUT’s sportsmen and women who have brought the institution recognition in South Africa and worldwide. The 2013 Sports Awards, held at the VUT Desmond Tutu Great Hall on 30 October 2013, recognised the institution’s performance and excellence in football, chess, aerobics, body-building, karate, netball, softball, rugby, volley ball, tennis, hockey, athletics, basketball and dance.

Refiloe Jane, VUT women’s soccer team player and member of the SA national team, Banyana Banyana, was named Sportswoman of the Year. Xolisani Zamkele received the Sportsman of the Year award and Joseph Diale, Coach of the Year, while the Sports Club of the Year award went to Athletics.

The Executive Director of Student Support Services, Mr S Seroka, said that while sport is a game, it can become a career if sportsmen and women put their minds to it. Sport is also a unifier, he said: “It brings people together to share different strategies…and it enhances one’s life chances.” VUT’s sportsmen and women are ambassadors of the institution, he noted.

Dean of the Sports Academy Basie Koen said “sport is a game that develops people in different ways, both mentally and physically”. It makes individuals self-disciplined and leads to a healthy lifestyle. Sport also contributes positively and improves the corporate image of an organisation. To be a sports person you need to be loyal to yourself, because that is where it starts. You need to manage everything you do, as sport is demanding,” he said.

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