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Try-scoring Cameron and team honoured at Penryn

Furthering the story of young Penryn learner Cameron Meyer, who has cerebral palsy, he and his teammates recently received special trophies from Mbombela resident, Dave Harvey, in acknowledgement of their heartwarming moment that played out in the U16 rugby game against Uplands on April 20.

A month after a truly touching moment played out at Penryn College, young Cameron Meyer, who has cerebral palsy, and his U16 rugby teammates, have been rewarded for their camaraderie on the sports field.

It was on April 20 when, during the Lowveld derby between Penryn and Uplands, that anything resembling rivalries and competition between the two schools was set aside in the name of the spirit of the game.

Dave Harvey speaking during the ceremony on May 24. > Photos: Blake Linder

The U16 boys’ rugby teams from Penryn and Uplands united in spirit and through the efforts of the Penryn coach and teacher, Keagan du Preez, made it possible for Cameron to participate in the game in spite of the challenges that cerebral palsy poses.

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Carried by his Penryn teammates, Cameron was able to score rampage through the Uplands’ defence and score a try, much to the delight of every single player on the field as well as every crowd member on the sidelines. This included the Uplands players, parents and supporters, as the moment transcended the rivalry and showcased just how sport can really help unite anyone and everyone.

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The moment was so touching in fact, that the Mbombela resident, Dave Harvey, was moved to tears and felt he had to do something to honour the moment forever. “I’m not ashamed to say that when I saw it happen I was instantly started crying, it really touched my heart,” Harvey said.

This inspired him to arrange for special trophies and commemorative plaques to be made for Cameron, his Penryn teammates and coach, Du Preez. The handover of the trophies to the U16 team was done on Friday May 24 at Penryn, during the school’s final assembly before the mid-year exams.

Dave Harvey, Cameron Meyer and Keagan du Preez. > Photos: Blake Linder

The ceremony was befittingly held in The Cameron Chapel, named after Penryn’s first school principal Roger Cameron.
“Cameron’s dedication and ability shows that nothing can stop you from achieving what you want. He has proven that anyone who says they can’t or they don’t want to, wrong. I salute you, young man,” Harvey said during the ceremony.

 
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