Honours for Water Polo - Cameron Rafferty - St Andrew's College

Honours for Water Polo – Cameron Rafferty

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Honours for Water Polo – Cameron Rafferty

Cameron played 100 matches for the College 1st Water Polo team. Despite COVID affecting many players and taking away almost 2 years of competitive sport, Cameron still managed to achieve some great accolades. He made his debut for the First Water Polo team in 2018 in his Grade 9 year.

Cameron was part of some very successful teams that won VIDES in 2019 and came 2nd at SACS. In 2020, when the season was cut short, Cameron contributed to the success of the team, where we came 2nd at VIDES and a credible 4th position at KES. Cameron was in fantastic form after losing more than a year of competitive water polo, when we managed to host the St Andrew’s Shield against all odds. He worked tirelessly and helped the team win for the 1st time in 11 years.

He has represented Nelson Mandela Aquatics, formally Eastern Province, from U14 to U19A teams. In 2021 he scored the final goal against KZN in the 3rd/ 4th game to take us into penalties, where NMBA won the bronze medal for the 1st time in many years. He has been selected in numerous tournament teams but the pinnacle was at the South African Schools Championship (IPT) in Cape Town at the end of 2021, at which Cameron was identified as one of the country’s best schoolboy players. He was included in the prestigious South African Schools team of 2021.

From the start of his College Career, Cameron established himself as one of the top sportsmen to have represented College, excelling in Water Polo, Swimming, Athletics and on the Rugby field. He was naturally gifted and his speed and strength in the water made it incredibly challenging for any opposition player to contain him. He was incredibly hard working and always led from the front.

Cameron was always willing to contribute his time to helping other players from all age groups develop. He worked extensively on being one of the best finishers in the country and was as comfortable in the centre forward position as he was at centre back.

Cameron’s presence in the pool was certainly evident and every team that played the College team over the last 2 seasons revolved their strategies and game plan around him. However, it is not just his water polo ability and achievements that define him as an Honours man. Cameron is down to earth and a positive role model to all who have crossed his path. He was completely dedicated to his teammates, his coaches and his school.

Cameron is a most deserving recipient of an Honours Award for Water Polo.

 

Mr G Mackenzie