NWU honours former sportsman, administrator

Issued by
Mafikeng, May 12, 2015

The North-West University Mafikeng Campus honoured former sportsman, now administrator, Nick George Bester with a Chancellor's medal award during the autumn graduation ceremony, on 6 May 2015, at the campus Great Hall.

The Chancellor's medal is awarded to persons who have shown exceptional achievement of a non-academic nature, and/or exceptional contribution in any sphere of life that is compatible with the vision and mission of the university.

Having contributed extensively to the development of sports in the country both as sportsman and administrator, Nick Bester will join a long, illustrious list of North-West University Mafikeng Campus honourees bestowed with this prestigious honour over the years.

In his career spanning more than 20 years, Bester has won more than 500 gold medals, 300 silver medals and 50 bronze medals in road running, triathlons, canoeing, duathlons, cycling, mountain biking and swimming. Due to his diversity in sport and raw talent, he can be recognised as the most versatile and colourful athlete in South Africa today. With all these accomplishments under his belt, Bester still managed to qualify for the Guinness World Record for a relay team of 10 runners who completed a distance of 1 000 miles (1 609km) in a time of 93 hours.