‘Hockey keep me sane’- GHS pupil

2016-04-13 06:00
PHOTO: jonathan burton A family that plays together stays together. At the Spar KZN School Girls Hockey Challenge PMB Central Regionals (from left) Marianne, Lauren, Samantha and Dean Brown.

PHOTO: jonathan burton A family that plays together stays together. At the Spar KZN School Girls Hockey Challenge PMB Central Regionals (from left) Marianne, Lauren, Samantha and Dean Brown.

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LAUREN Brown is not only the head girl of Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High she also juggles a full school diary, school sport and captains the first hockey team.

Nicknamed “Baby Brown”, she has big shoes to fill following in her mother, Marianne and sisters Hayley and Samantha, footsteps.

“On one hand it’s incredible being the baby sister, because all the mistakes have been made by my older sisters, but on the other, it’s tough getting all the hand-me-downs,” said Lauren.

The decorated athlete not only has half colours in outdoor hockey, indoor hockey and tennis, but also enjoys the requirements of school work.

“I want to, hopefully, go to Stellenbosch University and do a BSc in mathematics and bio-mathematics. I would have to say maths is my favourite subject because it’s challenging and there’s always something new to learn.”

This is her third year in the first team participating in the Spar KZN School Girls Hockey Challenge where she was won a bronze, and a silver and now the team are eyeing out the gold.

“We will be more refined and definitely more cohesive. We aim to be the best we can be. I think my team played extremely well in the regional finals, I’m so proud of them for what they’ve achieved and the obstacles that they overcame. We’ve worked hard so far and the win was a phenomenal start to the season,” said Lauren.

She said hockey is her “escape” during a tough day. “Hockey keeps me sane. I’d say that for me, the turf is my safe haven and that if you want a place where you can be yourself; playing hockey is the answer.”

GHS Hockey coach, Taryn de Winnaar described Lauren as hard working and motivated.

“She is always prepared to give of herself and go the extra mile. She’s mature and focused. All in all she is a fine example to her peers and is a pleasure to coach,” she said.

GHS will be making their sixth appearance in the grand finals of the Spar KZN School Girls Hockey Challenge in July, and are one of only two teams who have played at each final since the inception of the tournament and is the only team in the history of the tournament to have a podium finish every year. - Supplied.

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