To be an athlete, a sportsman is to constantly strive for perfection. No time is ever good enough, no distance far enough, no try, no goal spectacular enough. However, sport at the NWU encompasses more than just performing at the peak of one’s physical prowess. The aim of the NWU is to develop well-rounded individuals who excel not only on the sporting fields of the NWU, but in all facets of the institution’s unique student life. That said, sport is a core strength of the NWU’s non-academic life. The university can, based on achievements on the sports field, justifiably claim to be one of the top sports universities in South Africa.
To strengthen this reputation, the NWU focuses on seven major sports codes, namely athletics, cricket, hockey, netball, rugby, soccer and tennis. In addition, the university offers opportunities for participation in 30 other sports and recreational activities, including cycling, karate, softball, squash, rock-climbing, table tennis and competitive chess.
The NWU boasts a Rugby Institute and a Hockey Academy on the Potchefstroom Campus, a Soccer Institute on the Mafikeng Campus, and a Cricket Academy and Rowing Club on the Vaal Triangle Campus. The Soccer Institute on the Mafikeng Campus won the USSA soccer title in 2009 and again in 2010, while the Potchefstroom Campus team was crowned the 2011 USSA karate champions for the twelfth consecutive year. This campus’s rugby, badminton and women’s hockey teams also came first at the USSA Championships in 2011. In 2012, the athletics club won the USSA Championships for the third consecutive year and for the tenth time overall.
These are merely a droplet in a bucket of achievements for the NWU the last couple of years. Through various community sport developing projects the NWU aims to create a sustainable, positive environment to enrich and enhance the lives of the communities which we hold dear. Sport is not only for the most gifted of athletes, it is for all to participate in and for all to enjoy. Sport transcends race, gender and demography. Sport unites us, it builds character, friendships and affiliations. In our achievements we embrace to celebrate, in our failures we embrace to console. To win is excellent, to participate is exceptional.
The NWU is proud to be a part of sport in the North-West.