I was a recipient of the 1965Ride Bursary and I would like to inform about my progress to date.
I have since completed my accounting degree at the University of the Free-State and have registered for my Accounting Honours. I have been involved in University Sports including Varsity cup Athletics and I have also won the University squash championships twice. I have also been active in my leadership duties and have been on the residence committee of Huis Abraham Fischer as well as that of the Economics and Management Sciences Faculty leadership committee responsible for International Relations. This year I was selected to a delegate at the World dialogue for students which is to be held in March 2018 in Cologne, Germany.
My life in the Class room: It was very nice in the class staring at the lower grades until Matric, but had a hiccup in Grade 9 where I was struggling with Mathematics and I went to extra classes and improved my marks. As a young boy full of dreams of becoming a Sport Scientist, I had to change those plans because of the subjects I was doing, so I went for something similar which was Sports Psychology and I was actually keen on that because with the challenges I was getting in my sport it made me more keen to do the Sports Psychology so that I can change the mindset of Athletes around South Africa. Currently I am going to study at Cape Peninsula University of Technology doing Sports Management.
My life on the Sports field: It was the most mixed pack of emotions with my sport especially in Athletics because the year I was in Matric the Hirsch shield was celebrating the 100th anniversary. That put more pressure on me to perform as I was the Captain and trying to bring it back home, which was not the case. Prior to the Hirsch shield I had a series of injuries, and the rugby and Athletics being so interlocked, I never got the chance to recover, but most memories I made on the Sports field and formed a strong brotherhood there. Currently I’m going to start by getting injury free then next year start with Athletics again here in the Western Cape.
Queen’s College has taught me not judge people who you meet for the first time but be humble and kind to them, show them everything they need to know. Then you’ll also learn something from them and talk less and listen more so you can grow, and I would like to take this time to thank you, Mr Frost, for the opportunity that you’ve given me to actually attend this fine school called Queen’s College and also to the 1965Ride, thank you very much ……..wherever I go I won’t forget what you did for me and where I started because roots are important. Thank you to my Mother and Brother who made sure that I got everything I needed and taught me most of life lessons and mostly to God for blessing me with the talents that I have and with the use of my talents I can praise him and lift him high.
Balungile Lundi Xhala
Grade 12 (2017)