Matrix learner rugby talent is world class
DESPITE being chosen as one of the best school rugby players in the world, Westville Boys’ High School 2021 Head Boy Bryce Calvert still remains humble and focused. Calvert was chosen for the U18 Top 15 World XV school team.
He also signed a two-year professional rugby contract with the Sharks.
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The former Winston Park elementary school student said he fell in love with the sport in grade 3, but it was in grade 10 that he decided he was going to get into it professionally.
âMy dad gave me the opportunity to choose any sport and I just chose rugby, then he guided me and taught me a lot,â he said.
In 10th grade he did the KZN U16 side. Last year, he did not have the opportunity to show his talent on the pitch due to the restrictions and the Covid-19 lockdown.
âThis year I was honored to be able to play for the U18 Craven Week Side team,â he smiled.
When asked how he managed to focus on his studies while working hard on the rugby pitch,
Calvert said, âIt’s all about having a balanced lifestyle. You always have to put your priorities in order. When I’m in class I focus on my homework and when I’m on the court I give my best, âsaid Calvert, who plays hooker.
Catching up with Calvert just after completing his final homework assignment, the young champion said it was exciting to have completed his exams, but admitted he would miss the school environment.
âI felt at home the first time I entered these premises,â he said.
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He advised other young people to always stay disciplined in all aspects of life and be prepared to make sacrifices to achieve their goals.
âI worked hard and this achievement is probably the most humbling experience. I would like to thank all the people who have supported me in my journey, âhe declared.
The talented player said he has four currencies that he tracks every day.
One of them is âStaying humble is possible if you have faith and give your glory to Godâ. Next year he will study business management and marketing strategy at B.COM.
The athlete also plays water polo for the school’s second team. Westville Boys High School Brand and Communications Director Lyndy Coombe said Calvert has been an incredible ambassador for the school, his province and his country.
âWe are so proud of everything he has accomplished, despite the disruption to the sport over the past two years. We wish him the best of luck at the Sharks next year and look forward to seeing him progress even further in his athletic career, âshe said.
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