#ChooseDay: Recommendation to Scholar Athletes


Being a scholar athlete comes with many challenges as one tries to steadiness being knowledgeable athlete and staying comitted to your research.

To assist us unpack this mission, we now have roped in three athletes who graduated from their respective tertiary establishments and managed to maintain up with their research alongside their sporting journey.

Commonwealth Video games gold medalist and award-winning judoka, Michaela Whitebooi who gratuated from College of Pretoria, says: “Time administration was essential to me. I created competitors and camp plans for judo together with my research plans. I might prepare and instantly go to class after that. I might compete and full a take a look at overseas. It’s all about prioritizing what job is extra essential at that present second.”

Whereas, College of Johannesburg Women Soccer Membership goalkeeper Elizabeth Mazivise provides: “Discovering the suitable steadiness between faculty and sport: So with a view to really feel “balanced” it’s good to be on prime of each your tutorial and sport performances. Firstly, you’re a scholar earlier than you might be an athlete so your teachers come first.”

“At all times make sure you put together for assessments the identical approach you’d put together for a sport – effectively off upfront and *Don’t Procrastinate* it solely results in extra undesirable strain afterward after which issues will conflict (exams and sport preps) and it may be overwhelming. It’s essential give attention to what’s essential at the moment (particularly by way of due dates) and the extra you might be organised the extra environment friendly you can be with the little time you’ve got,” she continued.

“On the sports activities area and in your individual free time, be sure to make amends for any missed coaching periods (attributable to tutorial commitments) so that you’re on par with the crew. This helps you not be behind in terms of squad picks, and so forth.

“Issues that contribute to discovering a steadiness: Having sufficient relaxation (generally you received’t discover sufficient time to sleep however it’s actually essential to relaxation your thoughts and physique). It’s essential have a superb eating regimen – replenish power shops for bodily efficiency but additionally on your mind as effectively.

“Use the assist methods that the college provides for instance psyched… athlete assist (sport psych). In essence, it requires numerous self-discipline and professionalism and dedication  actually and it’s not straightforward however I managed to juggle faculty, working full time for La Masia and enjoying within the highest league – so it’s doable!”

South African Girls’s Hockey participant, Charné Maddocks echoes Mazivise’s sentiments, saying: “My recommendation to scholar athletes for a steadiness between sport and teachers could be to begin off by ensuring you’ve got a every day routine. I imagine there’s a time and place for every part. This goes effectively with being an athlete and scholar as there’s time for coaching and a time for learning.

“All it’s good to do is plan accordingly. Work in accordance with your plan as there isn’t a place for procrastination. Time administration is essential as it’s good to have your priorities straight as we every set out targets that we’d love to realize. Most essential could be to get pleasure from what you might be doing, as it is going to make issues a lot simpler for your self,” she concluded.




Photograph 1 Caption: South African Girls’s Hockey participant Charné Maddocks throughout her commencement ceremony at North West College Potchefstroom. Photograph: Equipped (Charné Maddocks)

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