Sandile Kubeka the Kearsney College, KZN Schools and SA Schools rugby player has won Daily News School Sports Zone Hero of the Year award. He was chosen from a list of 36 school sports achievers. Kubeka enjoyed his third season in the Kearsney one-stripe first team jersey and was without doubt one of the best rugby players in KwaZulu-Natal this year. Playing at outside centre, his infusion of pace and power made him seemingly unstoppable at times and resulted in a number of advantage-line game-breaks. He scored 11 tries this season. Kubeka is one of only a handful of school players to have been offered a contact by the Sharks for 2013.
The runners-up awards went to Heather McEwan of Epworth High School in Pietermaritzburg for indoor and outdoor hockey and Durban High School’s Trent Bingham for sailing.