Hockey icons’ skills passed to pupils

2015-10-14 06:00
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Current SA men’s hockey player, Miguel de Graca (middle), shares his    expertise with schoolgirls (from left) Julia Lawrie (The Wykeham           Collegiate), Jodie Conolly (The Wykeham Collegiate), Polly Mashau          (Pieterma

PHOTO: supplied Current SA men’s hockey player, Miguel de Graca (middle), shares his expertise with schoolgirls (from left) Julia Lawrie (The Wykeham Collegiate), Jodie Conolly (The Wykeham Collegiate), Polly Mashau (Pieterma

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THE recently held Investec Hockey Academy gave KZN high school hockey enthusiasts a chance to improve their skills by working with various South African hockey players.

The courses featured six Olympian players and two World Cup players as well as SA Men’s Hockey coach, Fabian Gregory, and SA Women’s Hockey U21 coach, Lindsay Wright. The academy coaches used their expertise to provide players with an understanding of what it takes to succeed in women’s sport, and in life.

The academy acts as a platform to identify potential talent which allows players to be noticed in order to grow the sport nationally. The two-day courses provided players with lessons on professionalism, mental toughness, nutrition, functional ability, vision training, recovery techniques and athlete education.

“We try to give young, aspiring hockey stars a glimpse, and start the process of what is required to fine-tune their skills and abilities. I would love to see the natural-born talent we have in abundance in this country be directed in the correct way so we can grow the sport nationally and, subsequently improve our international standing,” said current SA Women’s Hockey player and Investec Hockey Academy’s general manager, Shelley Russell.

The next set of courses will commence on 12 to 16 December at St Mary’s School in Johannesburg. To book, contact Bernadine at 031 940 5565 or visit www.investe chockeyacademy.com - Supplied

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