Joe Erasmus CEO Ashton College
After months and months of preparation, the Ashton Astro, Phase 2 of the development of the Sports Campus is 99% complete. With only a little bit of landscaping, the installation of the nets and final touches to the paving, the excitement amongst the hockey players is tangible. Our students will now have the opportunity to train on their own Astro and this will certainly add a new dimension to the match readiness of the players.But the success of Ashton sport does not stop here. It has been an amazing week as our students achieved outstanding results on various platforms. We have to congratulate 15 year old Amy Naudé who, this weekend, broke two records at the Athletics meeting held in Pietermaritzburg. She broke Justine Palframan’s 400m record set in 2008 by almost a second. In addition she broke the 200m record which has been standing since 1976.
In the biggest and most prestigious Inter-Schools 5-a-side Soccer event in South Africa, hosted by UMBRO and Energade, Ashton’s 1st Team Girls clinched the hotly contested U19 category. The girls won five pool matches beating Port Shepstone on penalties in the semi-finals, beating St Mary’s in the final to clinch overall honours. On the golf course, 14 year old Senayah Moodliar finished 3rd in the Junior Africa Challenge after three rounds at San Lameer and then participated in the Renasa Champ of Champs 2017 at the Kloof Country Club and won the best nett.
These are all phenomenal results following the recent Sports and Cultural Awards ceremony where no fewer than 36 Senior College students and 12 Junior College students were awarded full colours for Provincial representation in various sports codes.
On the Academic side our matric students are writing their trials, and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the matric students on the Dolphin Coast every success in these important examinations.