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TO achieve great things in life, the youth need to understand the importance of hard work in studying and in everything else they get involved in, said Southcity Christian College Grade 12 pupil Evan van der Spuy.
Van der Spuy (17) believes that he has achieved what those who lack the zeal to win can only dream of, from achieving half colours (average of over 70%) in his studies to being ranked number one in South Africa in mountain biking.
With his studies including maths, life orientation, fitness studies, physical science, engineering and graphic design, he is planning to study accounting at Varsity College next year.
“I’ll go to any other institution if I don’t get admission there. Last year I was ranked number one in the country in mountain biking U16. I was also placed at number eight in the world in the same sporting code. I can only attribute this achievement to dedication and hard work, and I always aim high,” said the Port Shepstone youth in a recent interview with The Witness.
Being deputy head boy and first-team hockey vice captain at school doesn’t make him a perfect person, but makes him grow as a responsible youth looking ahead to life’s challenges.
With parents who are business partners, Van der Spuy’s focus is not swayed in the wrong direction.
Instead he says he would like to finish his studies, get at least five years’ experience in accounting and start up his own practice (accounting).
In his own words, Van der Spuy is addicted to mountain biking and when he completes his studies he will give the sport a try.
“I have this thing I can’t explain about mountain biking,” he said. “I just can’t stay away from it. I’d love to have more time. I’ll see where it will take me once I’m done with my studies.”