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Boot camp 2013


In 2012 it was born, in 2013 it soared. Bootcamp is one of the most captivating and intriguing sports at Dominican Convent. The man behind the scenes, Mr Chikonye pushes us past our limits to make each bootcamper's dream come true. As teenagers we all want to look good and are cautious about our weight. To most girls in the school bootcamp is a heaven-sent solution that has helped improve our fitness, physiques and confidence thus allowing us to try out for team sports and excel in them.

It is not always easy to outrun the other girls and be the best in all the exercises or be the “big girl”, but Mr Chikonye’s legendary pep talks go a long way in beating the temptation of cheating. Over the past year we have grown into a family and have had fun at our termly bootcamp trips.

Boot camp is not the easiest sport to do. It can be tiring, energy draining and usually results in aching bodies, true to the saying 'no pain, no gain'. After some time of Mr Chikonyes tough love on the field by making us jump over walls, carry logs and tyres on our shoulders, the pain becomes thrilling and the challenges exhilarating as the adrenaline rushes through the body. Obviously, boot camp is never monotonous.

Some girls are perplexed that we take part in boot camp; they think we are crazy to keep going back. Boot camp is a military style training course which is aimed at making people healthier, fitter and stronger. It improves your agility and personality as a team player, your concentration and performance academically. This explains why one of our former head girls Salber Williams loved doing boot camp in the second term while taking a break from swimming.

THE MIGHTY BOOTCAMPERS have their own unique t-shirt which allows us to be identified from a distance. We have achieved fitness levels that are beyond measure and we also take part in a route around the sports field that was named after us, “the boot camp route”.

 

Ntetelelo Mpofu

Proud Bootcamper

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