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From playing ball to studying to become a doctor!

Jan 11, 2018
From playing ball to studying to become a doctor!

A Nelson Mandela Bay girl’s life has been transformed through the power of sport.

Bronwyn White, 18, one of the United Through Sport’s Senior School of Excellence beneficiaries, achieved her 2017 National Senior Certificate with a Bachelor’s Pass and attained a fantastic four distinctions through Pearson High School. She has been accepted to study Medicine at the University of Cape Town this year.

“United Through Sport gave me such an amazing opportunity, allowing me to attend a school such as Pearson. I feel like I have grown much more and have been exposed to many more opportunities and people thanks to UTS. The fact that they also saw me as a deserving candidate for the bursary inspired confidence in me that I never previously had,” said an elated White.

White is one of nine beneficiaries from the United Through Sport Senior School of Excellence Programme who have all achieved their 2017 National Senior Certificates. They have chosen diverse career paths, from studying Photography to Accounting, at various tertiary institutions across the country.

The United Through Sport Senior School of Excellence (SSE) Programme, which is based in Nelson Mandela Bay, is focussed on providing talented and determined children with a top level academic education for a full five years - with the final aim of further supporting them through tertiary studies. Participating schools include Pearson High School, Alexander Road High School and Muir College.

The Class of 2017 is the biggest group of graduates that have passed through the SSE Programme, according to United Through Sport Director Nick Mould.

“Each one of our Grade 12’s is expected to pursue tertiary studies, many being the first in their families to do so. Compared to the national average, we are very pleased with our 100% pass rate and would like to wish all our beneficiaries well with their future endeavours,” said Mould.

The Programme’s 100% pass rate is well above the 65% provincial and 75.1% national average pass rates. The United Through Sport SSE Programme achieved a 78% university pass rate, compared to the national average of just 28%.

Kaylin Fourie, 18, another United Through Sport SSE beneficiary who passed with a Bachelor’s Pass, will be pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher by studying B.Ed. through the University of Pretoria. "United Through Sport has been there for me since I was 11 years old, and they have been the main reason I have achieved my dream of being the first person in my family to go to University.  This opportunity has really changed my life," Fourie said.

Image: An elated Bronwyn White, top achiever from United Through Sport Senior School of Excellence Programme, with her National Senior Certificate.