There are a lot of benefits from participating in sport. Benefits such as health benefits, enhanced skills and some amazing memories and experiences. The skills leaned in the field can be transferred to the classroom.
Skills such as time management, teamwork, communication and the will to succeed are just a few. It has been said that athletes have most likely failed more than they have won, but they always get up and get going.
We have seen a high number of student athletes not finishing their courses within the set record time as a result of missing tests or exams, assignments, not having enough time to prepare for exams because of hectic sports schedules.
No matter how many times you get challenged or fail, you always go back to it to get it done because as an athlete, losing is never an option. You always find ways to eliminate external distractions so that you can succeed. Resilience is important. In any sports, regardless of the number of times you fail, you keep on keeping on.
You do not want to let yourself and everyone around you down and as a result, you push even harder.
Being a student athlete means living in a glass house where everyone sees what you doing and every action that you take will always be judged.
There is an opportunity to get a scholarship and be rewarded for representing the institution you are in. The scholarship pays for your tuition fees and in most institutions, they have levels or colours. In most cases level one is national colours where the scholarship pays most (if not all) of the tuition fees, meals and accommodation and so on.
Level two is the provincial colours where the scholarship pays about half of level one and you find level three which is regional or special achievements that covers a few of level three. I have been blessed to have a full scholarship and that giving me a chance to represent my institution with pride and honour. It is one of the few matters I have to not worry about.
The joy of being a student athlete is the opportunities that are presented to you. An opportunity to travel the world without paying even a single cent.
Travelling to places you would never travel to if you were just an ordinary person with less funds. Such opportunities you have to grab with both hands and make sure you make the most out of them.
You will never know if such will happen again in the future. There is quite a lot of us who experienced being in an airplane for the first time and travelling abroad due to sports and academics. You get so much joy experiencing this with your sports family because you all know the struggles you go through being a student.
It is breathtaking and lifelong relationships are established through it all. You get to encourage one another to do well on and off the field because you want to be successful student athletes. You have to lead by example and stay focused in being a student first then an athlete.
Photo 1 caption: Icon Banyana Banyana footballer and gsport TUT MLS Internship Ambassador Refiloe Jane has a few key points to raise about being a student athlete, and anyone with an ambition to secure colours has a reason to look this blog over. Photo: @fifinhojane on Twitter
Photo 2 caption: From someone who knows the prices of Success: “You get so much joy experiencing this with your sports family because you all know the struggles you go through being a student.” Photo: @fifinhojane on Twitter
Photo 3 caption: Says Banyana Banyana star Refiloe Jane: “No matter how many times you get challenged or fail, you always go back to it to get it done because as an athlete, losing is never an option.” Photo: @fifinhojane on Twitter
With editing by gsport