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High-performing sports men and women were recognised for their achievements during a glitzy dinner held at the Pretoria Campus. The undisputed highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Sportsman and Sportswoman of 2008, Paul Harris talented Titans and TUT cricket star, and Chrizelle Andries, who was recognised for her achievements in hockey. 

Other awards included long-service awards and awards for service at provincial and USSA levels, and honours awards for netball, cycling, tennis, cross-country, badminton, dance sport, football, softball, rugby, squash, golf, korfball, differently-abled sport, cricket and hockey. 

In the special awards category the following people were recognised for their achievements:
Best Student Administrator of the Year: Patrick Nkuna (table tennis)
Best Student Administrator of the Year - Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences: Enoch Mudau (badminton, dance sport, athletics)
Technical Official of the Year: staff member John Wright (hockey)
Administrator/Official of the Year: Mac van Vuuren (cricket and rugby)
Coach of the Year: Greg Hesom (hockey)
Most Versatile Sportsman of the Year: Mpho Selowa (cricket and hockey)
Differently-Abled Sports Person of the Year:  Asanda Bidla (athletics)
Junior Club of the Year: Netball
Club of the Year: Cricket.   

The Director of Sport and Recreation, Chaka Croucamp, commended these men and women for their commitment to sport and congratulated them on their outstanding achievements. “The past year has been one of wonderful achievements on the sporting front, and the achievements of 2008 are a reflection of the positive sporting structure at the Pretoria Campus.” 

“We are proud of the number of sports, not to mention the number of sportsmen and -women that compete with vigour for TUT in internal provincial and international leagues as well as Universities Sport South Africa (USSA) competitions. We are especially proud of the 33 TUT sportsmen and -women who were selected to participate at international events,” Mr Croucamp said. 

He also shared some of the sporting highlights of the year, which included –
The Top 12 schools athletics that was a resounding success;
The annual schools hockey coaching clinics that were attended by record numbers of learners;
The Super 16 small schools sport event that took place in June; and
The World University Golf Championships, hosted by USSA and TUT at Sun City. 

Chrizelle Andries 

Chrizelle has been a member of the TUT hockey club for the past six years. In 2008 she represented the Northerns Blues Hockey Association u21 team at the u21 ITP held in Randburg. The side ended 4th in the tournament. Her performances in the tournament earned her selection to the SA u21 women’s team that played in the Junior Africa Tournament in Cairo, Egypt, in July. In March this year she was also included in the National Women’s Hockey squad as part of their preparation for the Beijing Olympic Games. 

Apart from playing hockey, Chrizelle is actively involved in coaching, among others at the annual TUT hockey schools coaching clinics. She is also involved in the Northerns Junior hockey programme, both as a coach and as an umpire, while she is also keenly interested in umpiring at the senior levels. 

Paul Harris 

Paul joined the TUT cricket club three seasons ago. He is a keen cricketer who has endeavoured to play as frequently as possible for the club, despite the busy provincial and international programme this slow left- arm bowler has. 

He was instrumental in TUT attaining Northerns Cricket Union premier league champion status when he turned out for the club, tacking six wickets during one inning. He is a prominent member of the provincial franchises outfit, the Nashua Titans. Paul was selected for the SA Protea cricket side in January 2007, where he made his debut in Cape Town against India, tacking five wickets during the match. 

Paul has played in 17 test matches for SA and has taken 46 wickets in his relatively short test career. In first-class cricket Paul has already taken 252 wickets in 78 matches. 

The upcoming SA Protea fixtures against Bangladesh and Australia late this year will give this talented left-arm spinner a further opportunity to cement his place in international cricket. 

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