CPUT students were recognised for their commitment and dedication to a pilot sailing project which aims to transform the sport.
The sailing programme was held at the Royal Cape Yacht Club over five weeks and the students were commended for their outstanding attendance which averaged close to 100%. The project was made possible by SA Sailing Western Cape (SASWC), the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs, the Sailing Academy, the Royal Cape Yacht club and CPUT’s Department of Student Affairs.
“The result was that development and transformation took place automatically and furthermore, life skills were transferred whilst having fun,” says Bev le Sueur, SASWC’s Acting Chairperson.
“What an inspiration and incredible story for these 14 CPUT sailors who five weeks ago had no knowledge of sailing but eagerly competed in not only the Portugal Day Race on 10 June 2017 but also the Youth Regatta two weeks later.”
Le Sueur added that history had been made, new life-long relationships formed and life skills earned through the project. Students obtained skills such as diversity management, teamwork, discipline, commitment, communication, time management and dealing with stressful situations.
“Our sailing family has grown and is being enriched by energy and passion for the sport of sailing and fun was had by all,” says Le Sueur.
Student Development Officer Anette Grobler says the students obtained valuable life skills.
“For the students, it was about acquiring a skill that might ultimately result in them being employed in the sailing fraternity.”