Closure of Hewat Training College a shame

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HEWAT Training College (HTC) in Crawford, Cape Town, over the years, has produced many top-class athletes as far back as the sensational sprint champion Cecil Blows in the 1950s.

Here are another three sprinters out of a possible five at the time in 1985: Andrew September (3), Clement du Plessis (2) and Nazeem Smith (1).

Quality sprinters

This was the 1-2-3 at the inter-house meeting in 1985 with September, Naziem Moos and Bernard Adams being the three quality athletes missing out in the 100m. Moos ran the 200m with Du Plessis, and Adams was confined to his field events and the 4X400m relay at the Western Province colleges’ athletics meeting.

Gawa Moyce was arguably Hewat’s best ladies’ field eventer.

Smith ran the 100m and 400m.

September and Moos landed a spot on the 4X100m relay team.

September also competed in the 110m hurdles, high jump and triple jump.

At the time Hewat had additional athletes of the quality of Gawa Moyce (shot put and discus), and Denzil James (high jump).

Top athletes

Previous generations of college athletes included Nico Mettler (sprints), Lynne Oliver (sprints), Raymond Julius (sprints), Suezette Arendse (sprints), Ian Rutgers (sprints), Dawn Gossman (sprints) Keith Cyster (sprints), Jeremy van Wyk (sprints), Russell Lykert (sprints), Daniel Borman (javelin), Ronald Campher (400m), Duncan Crowie (800m), Theresa Oliver (high jump), Ronel Juries (200m and 800m), Andy James (sprints), Gareth Mclean (sprints), Vernon Balie (sprints), Herman Gibbs (sprints), Allan O’Ryan (sprints), John Hendricks (middle distance), Augustine Morkel (Okkie Morkel – shot put and discus), Robin April (middle distance), Audrey Louw (sprints), Moira Terhoeven (sprints), Johnny Braaf (middle distance), John Alexander (javelin), Trevor de Bruyn (all three jump events) and, even briefly, Kenny Roman (sprints).

Herman Gibbs is seen wearing the famous Hewat Training College athletics vest.

The success of the athletes was partly due to the facilities at Hewat; a cinder track, a gymnasium and a cloakroom.

In addition, the college was blessed with the talents of senior staff and lecturers who doubled up as coaches and administrators in Richard Rive, Abou Desai, Willie Londt, Louis Roelf, Norman Stoffberg Gus Jacobs, Joemat Edas and Andy Daniels.

Rise of democracy

Many more names could easily be added to the list mentioned.

Hewat Training College no longer exists as a result of the changes brought about by democracy in 1994.

To build an institution of academic and sporting excellence such as Hewat is not likely to happen again. Gone all the cultural plays, dramas, arts and crafts, sport and a healthy dose of politics, veering to the left.

History buried

All that remains on the old Hewat grounds is a building with another name and with a completely different ethos.

No sport is being played there and the open spaces have been clogged up by new buildings burying the history of the cinder track.

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