The U19 Zimbabwe girl’s water polo side taking part in the 41st edition of the South African Schools Interprovincial Water Polo Tournament this week has worn black armbands in honour of Scotty Heathcote’s life.
Scotty Heathcote, a former student athlete at Peterhouse Boys who battled cancer for the past two years, succumbed to the disease Friday (11 December 2015). Having learnt of Scott’s death after their 18-4 win over Western Province C, the U19 girls captained by Nicole Wallace wore black armbands throughout Friday and Saturday.
While remembering the life of a fellow sportsman and friend, the girls have been tested to their limits as they are taking part in two competitions at the same time – the interprovincials and the international test series. The other two national teams in the test series, Australia and South Africa, are only taking part in that series. The Zimbabwe U19 girls will have to dig deep to keep those energy reserves running in the two concurrent tournaments.
In the interprovincials tournament, Zimbabwe’s U19 team has so far posted two wins out of four games, defeating Western Province and KwaZulu Natal. They have lost to both South Africa and Australia in the test series. Both competitions continue through Monday.
Head Coach, Tyrone Jardine applauded his team’s performance against South Africa, admitting that 4-12 loss was marked improvement from the Australia game Friday and a great exhibit in general given the amount of games on the cards for the girls.