Jonathan "Jono" Cook is a sports journalist of 23 years' standing, the last 15 as a freelance writer. Born in KZN and schooled at Merchiston Prep and Maritzburg College, where he was an accomplished sportsman, Jono fell in love with KZN schoolboy sport at an early age, watching his first 1st XV rugby match with his dad and brothers at age 8, back in 1972.

Tutored under John Bishop, one of the most respected sportswriters and editors in SA, Jono learnt from the best.

During his long career, Jono has covered the full spectrum of sport, from Super Rugby, international cricket, world hockey, schoolboy basketball, PSL soccer, the SA Swim Champs, SA Open Tennis to the Dusi and Comrades marathons whilst also writing extensively on KZN and SA schoolboy sport in all its forms.

Jono's work has been published in every national and regional newspaper in South Africa as well as a number of national and international magazines and websites. He has also worked extensively with both regional and national radio and television stations.

As much as senior sport has enabled Jono to travel to 19 countries including India, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and throughout Europe, KZN schoolboy sport has always remained his first love.

As a friend so aptly put it, "Jono, being around a KZN schoolboy sports field is your 'happy place' and long may it remain."



The true meaning of defeat/poor performance

Failing doesn’t make you a failure.

Failing makes you a competitor.

Every competitor fails.

If you lay it on the line, you will come up short at times.

Failure is a part of competing, and embracing that fact is an important component of toughness.

Tough people fail, but tough people are not failures.

The only failures are those who give up, or give in.

Jay Bilas