Tribute paid to pair

KINGSWOOD College have paid tribute to two of their finest basketball players, awarding certificates to Richard Lowassa and Alistair Ironside for playing 50 games for the first team.

The pair were also recognised for their contribution to basketball at the Grahamstown school, having played in the first team since 2009.

Lowassa captained the first team this year and would have been a strong contender for under-19 provincial honours had he not been ineligible as he is from Tanzania.

Ironside first made a name for himself in the Makana Spears u-16 team and his height and skill have caused many coaches to make last-minute changes to their strategy.

He has also been considered for EP selection, but being Zambian, he has not been able to participate. He was scouted for the Zambian basketball side, but being in Grahamstown for most of the year, he was unable to play for the national team.

The matric boys have both done Kingswood proud and were also awarded colours for the sport. Reflecting on their contributions, coach Gevase Makoni said: “They have been the face of basketball at Kingswood for the last few years, and have given the sport their all.”

VERSATILITY was the name of the game when Kingswood named the sports stars of the year last week in Jethro Thorburn and Celeste du Toit.

Thorburn, an accomplished athlete and top squash player, received the Sportsman of the Year Shield after being awarded his honours for squash. He is ranked no 11 in the South African under-19 rankings, and No2 in the EP junior rankings.

Thorburn captained the Kingswood squash team this year and was awarded Top Player of the Year in the Makana men’s league.

He has excelled at squash since his junior school days and was ranked the country’s top under-14 player when he competed at international level at a tournament in Thailand.

Thorburn also received colours for athletics and was the Open Victor Ludorum at Kingswood’s Sports Day in October, winning the Open high jump and the 110m hurdles.

Du Toit has also excelled at several sporting codes, having received school colours awards for athletics, hockey and swimming and a standard award for tennis.

In Grade 10 this year, Du Toit was the Victrix Ludorum in the Open section at Sports Day, winning the Open 1500m and the road relay event.

She first played for the first hockey team in Grade 9 and was selected for the EP u-16 team this year.

Her hockey coach, Jeanette Makkie, describes her as a disciplined and dedicated player on and off the field, who is a role model to junior players.

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