College of Agriculture, Engineering
and Science (CAES)

Ms Hannah Davidson, UKZN volleyball player, who received the Prestige Sports Scholarship.

Ms Hannah Davidson has received the Prestige Sports Scholarship award for her outstanding achievement in sports.

Davidson, who plays volleyball, is currently studying towards a BSc degree in Microbiology and Genetics.

She attended primary school at Surrey Christian School in Canada; then attended a high school in Northern Namibia before finishing her high school journey at Durban Girls’ High School, South Africa.

While her love for volleyball has always existed, it was in high school that her interest for biological sciences was sparked which would eventually lead her to UKZN. ‘UKZN was my first choice, not to mention I wanted to play volleyball for the University,’ said Davidson.

For Davidson, receiving the Prestige Sports Scholarship award means that she can pursue both her studies and sporting career whilst representing the University.

Davidson has represented not only the province, but also the country at the BRICS Games earlier in August. ‘Representing my country at the BRICS Games was the biggest achievement for me,’ she said.

Having parents as academics, Davidson understands the importance of excelling on and off the field. ‘I plan to finish my degree whilst maintaining and improving my current level of volleyball and then study further as both my parents are academics’ she said, before thanking scholarship donors for her award. ‘By creating such a scholarship, opportunities are given to students who may never have seen themselves studying or going to university. For that, I thank you,’ said Davidson.

Words: Zolile Duma

Photograph: Supplied