Four student-athletes from Maties Sport will represent Team SA at the World Student Games in Italy in July.
Gardeo Isaacs and Breyton Poole (Maties Athletics), Craig Walters (Maties Football) and Hein Kritzinger (Maties Rugby Sevens) will compete in Naples from 3-14 July.
Walters' selection is a historic moment for Maties Sport as it is the first time ever a footballer from Maties has made the team.
Walters described his inclusion in the football team as the opportunity of a lifetime. “It means the world to me and I will cherish every single second."
“I want to leave Italy knowing that I had left everything on the field for my team. I want to make my family, community and Stellenbosch University proud. I represent not only myself, but my entire community. I wish to make the starting 11 for every game in the tournament and to help the team make the knockout stages."
Poole said that he is honoured by his selection.
“I am excited about competing against the best student-athletes in the world. It is a major honour to represent this team and Maties."
Kritzinger agreed that it is an incredible honour and opportunity to represent his country.
“I am very excited and optimistic about the tournament."
SA senior 400m champion Gardeo Isaacs wants to give his all and enjoy the opportunity.
“I would also like to achieve a qualifying time so that I can go to the World Championships in Doha. As for any athlete, competing at the Olympic Games is my big goal."
Maties Sport Chief Director Ilhaam Groenewald will also travel to Italy and said she, along with the Maties Sport family, will be supporting the student-athletes all the way.