|Juan-Matthew Knoetsec (Middleburg High School) is the first learner from Middleburg to earn National High School Colours for Esports,
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) held its 2021 South African Online National High School Esports Championships on26 June 2021.
With schools having entered from around the country was encouraging to see the growth exhibited by the schools. The standard of play proved to be much improved and many of thee older esports schools had to fight, desperately hard, to maintain their positions.
What is becoming more and more evident is that the schools that successfully develop and grow their esports sections, such schools treat esports like any other sport.
In other words, the successful schools have coaching, sometimes outsourced, pay attention to creating depth of playing talent, and promote activity in a number of game titles.
However, on a sadder note, not one school entered a female athlete.
The growth and development of a true competitive culture starts at school level. If the schools themselves do not promote esports among female learners, such inbalance will be carried forward to senior competitive levels.
Nevertheless, MSSA's 2021 South African Online National High School Esports Championships proved to be an exciting event.
The winners of the various game titles are: