All-rounder Caleb excels

2015-11-03 06:00
Caleb Oliphant (left) is this month’s People’s Post Let’s Play Sport Star. He is a keen hockey and water polo player.

Caleb Oliphant (left) is this month’s People’s Post Let’s Play Sport Star. He is a keen hockey and water polo player.

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A young all-round sportsman from Pinelands is the People’s Post Let’s Play Sport Star for September and October.

Caleb Oliphant (13), who attends Bishops in Rondebosch, was nominated by his dad Alroy.

“His love for sport started at a very young age and he takes part in athletics, swimming, water polo, hockey and rugby. He has achieved provincial honours in water polo, hockey and swimming.

“He plays club hockey for Central hockey club in Athlone. This club is community-based and has helped him to improve year-on-year and this is evident as he was selected with four Bishops players to represent WP this year,” says Alroy.

He is a keen student of the game and is coached at school by former SA hockey player Murray Anderson, who represented SA in the Olympics.

His provincial honours in water polo last year is the result of his commitment to swimming. He participated in the level 3 SA nationals in Port Elizabeth this year – in the 50m and 100m free style. Last year he was ranked second in the 50m nationally and fifth in the 100m for his age group, says Alroy.

Caleb says his favourite sport is hockey.

“I have been playing hockey since I was seven years old. I love hockey because the feeling of running with the ball, dribbling through players and hitting the ball as hard as you can to score is an amazing feeling. I personally think it is the best sport.”

He trains two to three times a week. Because of his all-round sporting abilities he has received a bursary from Bishops.

Caleb says he has many sporting heroes, but his favourite is SA hockey player Lloyd Norris Jones. Caleb has great dreams for the future.

“By the time I reach matric, I would like to have made the WP u.18A hockey side as well as the SA u.18A side; but most important is to make the Bishops u.18A team first.

“After school I would love to attend a university like Stellenbosch and play for Maties, and work to make the SA senior men’s team and compete in the 22nd Commonwealth Games in Durban in 2022.”V If you want to nominate a sport star (between 13 and 18 years old) for November (the last one for the year), send a short motivation by email to ben.burger@­media24.com.


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