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Meet dynamic 3rd Year student, Helen Van Rhyn

Meet our 3rd Year student, Helen Van Rhyn, who is taking the world of Underwater Hockey by storm. For Helen, oxygen must be overrated as players have to hold their breath under water for a very long time. Underwater Hockey was invented in the 1950’s by the British Navy to keep divers in shape and improve their efficiency under water.

Helen started to participate in this globally played sport at age 13 and have since attended 4 Junior World Championships. She has recently been selected for the South African Elite Underwater Hockey side due to compete at the world championships in July 2021.

As 2021 will also be the final year of her degree in Mechanical Engineering we were curious to know what her training schedule looks like. Helen, who deems herself a total waterbaby and loves a challenge has her schedule worked out to a fine art. She trains for approx. two hours every day. On how her daily training impacts her very demanding academic work, she says: ” Simple, I don’t think I would be able to study engineering without it. Underwater hockey keeps me healthy, keeps me sane and gives me new energy to handle everything that my studies might throw at me. It’s not easy though, but I just stick to my little motto of “Work hard, play hard”. I don’t waste time and when I set out to do something, may it be study or train or spend time with my friends, I make sure to make the most of every single moment.”


We wish Helen every success in all her future endeavours.