Inter-High is here 

The annual Inter-High between WHS and Windhoek Gymnasium takes place this week. Photo: Helge Schütz

One of the highlights on the school sport calendar, the Inter-High between Windhoek Gymnasium and Windhoek High School is currently underway, with Windhoek Gymnasium hosting this year’s event. 

Sporting contests between the two rivals already started with Gymnasium’s establishment in 2007, but it was only 10 years later that the Inter High was born, featuring sporting and cultural contests between the two adversaries that now already stretches over a week. 

This year’s activities already started on Monday with the table tennis competition, while Tuesday was devoted to cultural activities, including art exhibitions, choir performances, as well as debating, quizzes, public speaking and poetry and drama performances.

Yesterday’s fixtures included a triathlon, squash at the Wanderers courts, and tennis at the SKW courts, while the rivalry continues today with chess, archery and cricket contests. 

The ‘Big Brag’ will be held at 08h00 tomorrow, at the ‘Lion’s Den as Windhoek Gym’s rugby field is called, where the teams will be introduced, while the national and school anthems will be sung. 

The action continues tomorrow with the hockey and football finals, while the netball and rugby finals will be held on Saturday. 

In rugby, Windhoek Gymnasium, has dominated in recent years, winning the u19 title for the past three years, but WHS managed to hold them to a 34-34 draw in the u19 final of the Standard Bank Schools Rugby Trophy tournament last year. 

In hockey, WHS boys hold the upper hand in recent years and are also the defending champions.

WHS coach Johan Weyhe said they are well-prepared.

“We are ready and prepared for the Inter-High. We recently competed at the Belgotex Hockey Festival in Cape Town against some top South African schools where we came 13th, while seven of our players were selected for a squad afterwards that will travel to the Netherlands. If we can eliminate the mistakes we made there we can do well, but we will not underestimate our opponents,” he said.

Windhoek Gymnasium coach Siyabonga Martins said they are looking forward to the contest. 

“We had an intense training session yesterday and the excitement is growing, so we are looking forward to it. We have a young team with several new players, so I would say WHS are the favourites, but we are looking forward to the contest,” he said. 

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