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2015-06-09 06:00

UPPER Highway’s Gavin Cocker is no stranger to the world of polo cross, boasting more than 40 years’ experience and many of those as team captain.

Now he is aiming to lead the South African team to victory at this year’s polo cross World Cup.

Speaking to the Fever the 45 year old said he was introduced to the sport at the age of five when his dad started to play polo crosse for a local club, and he has been hooked ever since.

Some of his awards and achievements include, the Ten Handicap in 2002, World Series winner in 1998 when he played for Zimbabwe. He also played in the first international team to beat Australia in 1992. He captained South Africa for the first time in 2004 against New Zealand and has been the SA captain for 11 years.

“My greatest achievement was winning the World Cup in 2011,” said the go-getter.

Describing himself as determined, the father of five says his role model is Roger Federer, as he is the only sportsman who has played for so long at the top and is still humble.

Cocker encouraged others to get involved in polo crosse. “I play for Richmond Club. We are a very family orientated club and have players ranging in age from seven to 58.

“Richmond’s current A side started with Richmond people when they were at primary school. Anyone can join our club. Polo crosse is such a social sport and is one of the few sports where you can compete in a competition with your wife and children. On the international side polo crosse caters for U14s to veterans. Everyone should try it.”

Cockers message to the youth is, “if you are good enough, you are old enough”.

For more information on the sport or how to join the club contact Cocker on gpcocker@mweb.co.za

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