One of the latest is Tristan Hanslo who is registered for the economic development course with the aim of pursuing a degree in sports science.
“As a 16-year-old two years ago I came to train with the football team under coach Lwando Mdleleni for a decent period,” Tristan says. “It was comfortable and it felt good to be part of the team. That persuaded me to come back to study here and, hopefully, to play for the team.”
The central midfielder, who is currently with the National First Division side Cape Town All Stars, previously played for the Premier Soccer League club Cape Town City’s reserve league, in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge last year.
Tristan is quite aware of the challenge of balancing sport and studies. “I was at Cape Town City when I was in matric. Every day after school I would take a bus to training and on weekends would attend games, often out of town. And I would do my assignments, homework and orals on the plane back on Sundays. It was quite hectic.
His mother Haley Hanslo is an alumna of UWC having completed the Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) course in Mathematics and honours in leadership and management on campus. As a parent who studied at UWC she can advise and guide him to take advantage of the resources on campus.
“The nice thing is that when I am marking or working on my studies (Haley is pursuing her master’s at a neighbouring university) we sit at the same table at the same time working together, and that is motivating and inspiring him,” she says.
Haley says they are both strong believers in education. “We do believe that education is the key to success. Even though he has a talent in sport he needs a qualification to fall back on when his playing days are over.”