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United Through Sport proud of 100% Matric pass rate
Celebrating the achievement of their National Senior Certificate are, from left, Phumela Baart, Onela Mkonto and Carlyn Camineth, beneficiaries from United Through Sport’s Senior School of Excellence Programme. Photo:SUPPLIED

IT was a day of tears, excitement, nerves and shrieks of laughter – all mixed into one final realisation that their school days were a thing of the past.

United Through Sport South Africa’s 10 beneficiaries who wrote their National Senior Certificate in 2019, had a mixed bag of emotions when they collected their results on Wednesday, January 8, at their respective schools in Nelson Mandela Bay.

These schools have partnered with United Through Sport over a period of five years – investing in talented children from disadvantaged areas by providing them with top level education and sport coaching as part of United Through Sport’s Senior School of Excellence Programme.

United Through Sport Director, Nick Mould, said 75 learners formed part of the Senior School of Excellence Programme in 2019.

They received academic and other support at seven partner schools in Nelson Mandela Bay.

These were Victoria Park High School, Alexander Road High, Grey High, Muir High, Pearson High, Andrew Rabie High School and Cillié High School.

“Since the establishment of the Senior School of Excellence Programme in 2010, we have achieved a 100% pass rate and we are once again very proud of the hard work and dedication shown by our beneficiaries.

“Our journey with them will not end here, since they now automatically form part of our YOUth 1st Network, which supports youth members with job skills training, guidance and support in order to access higher education and/or meaningful employment,” Mould said.

While Carlyn Camineth only slept a few hours after finding out that she passed with a Bachelor’s Pass before receiving her results at Victoria Park High School on Wednesday morning, Onela Mkonto, another Senior School of Excellence beneficiary at Victoria Park High School, said she was equally excited – particularly to further her studies.

Onela said, “I am more than ready – I can already imagine myself at campus. I love working with children and it is my dream to become a paediatrician.”

United Through Sport’s class of 2019 collectively achieved six bachelor’s passes, four diploma passes and four distinctions. The Senior School of Excellence class of 2019’s future plans are diverse – varying from furthering their tertiary studies in social work and tourism to business studies.

Mould added, “We are excited to follow these 10 young people’s studies and careers with interest, as they transform their lives even more through the power of sport.

“We look forward to continuing our work in 2020 and want to thank all our partner schools for making this positive change a reality.”

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