For the first time in four decades, a Saint Andrew’s boy has been awarded a white blazer. The school introduced an honours award for those boys who excel not only for the school, but also for South Africa.
SA under-19 cricket all-rounder, Gerald Coetzee, was the recipient of this honour. Coetzee represented the South African under-19 side in a series against the West Indies in mid-2017, followed by a triangular against Namibia and England at the end of 2017.
At the beginning of 2018, he turned out for South Africa at the ICC under-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. Despite battling an ankle problem, for which he has since undergone successful surgery, he played a leading role in the South African team and was named in the ICC Team of the Tournament at the end of the tournament.
In March, Saint Andrew’s became the first team from the Knights’ region to claim the national title in the Coca-Cola Schools T20 Challenge. Not only is Coetzee a great sportsman, he is also a school prefect and a top student with exceptional grades. – Jeretha Oosthuizen