It was announced this week that Mr Brendan Gittins will be the director of sport at Jeppe High School for Boys from January next year.
Mr Gittins was head boy of the school in 2004. While at school, he played provincial rugby, and set several school records in the middle distances that stood unchallenged until they were bettered by the new generation of running stars that the school has produced in the last few years.
He coached the first rugby team this year and has led the revival of Jeppe athletics that has seen the school climb up ladder in boys schools athletics in the past few years.
So, he is eminently qualified to take charge of sport at the school and he is looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s a bit like stepping into the lion’s den,” he said, “and I have big shoes to fill, but it’s an exciting prospect.
“I believe the overall standard of sport at the school has improved over the last few years and that’s the result of the quality of the boys that we are attracting, and of the coaching staff we employ. We have good people charge in all of our activities and I will be relying on them next year to keep the progress going.”
Mr Gittins is aware of the dangers of complacency and he will be looking to take Jeppe sport to an even higher level. “We want all our players to be well coached and all of our teams to be competitive against boys schools opposition. Winning will go along with that, but it’s not our only aim.”
There are exciting times ahead for Jeppe sport and we wish Mr Gittins all the best in his new role at the school.