Big dreams for ice hockey star

2016-05-31 10:42
JP Smith (15) from Hanover Park is the Let’s Play People’s Post Sport Star for May.

JP Smith (15) from Hanover Park is the Let’s Play People’s Post Sport Star for May.

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A youngster from Hanover Park who regularly spent his free time ice skating, wants to play for the SA u.20 ice hockey team by the time he is in matric.

Jean-Pierre Smith (15) has been chosen as the Let’s Play People’s Post Sport Star of the Month for May for his achievements in ice hockey.
JP – who is in grade 9 at Alexander Sinton High School in Athlone – was nominated by his dad, Ivan.
“JP started playing football for Premier United in Hanover Park at the age of five,” says Ivan. “In 2011 when he was 11 years old, he was selected for the Cape Town Tygerberg Board team and they won the Community Cup.”

According to Ivan, JP loved ice skating and was a regular at The Ice Station when he was spotted by the secretary of the Western Province Ice Hockey Association (WPIHA) in 2014. “JP was then invited to attend the WPIHA training camp and that is where his love for ice hockey started.”
JP plays for the Storms Ice Hockey intermediate team who won the league in 2015. In the same year he was selected for the WP u.16 ice hockey team and was also invited to the South African training camp. He was again selected for the WP u.16 team this year and to attend the SA training camp in Johannesburg from Tuesday 28 June to Sunday 3 July.
JP says he likes playing soccer and ice hockey and he tries to spend the same amount of time between both sports. “I like ice hockey very much because it is not a sport that is played in our area. It occupies my spare time and I can meet new friends.”

According to JP he can balance school work and sport by dividing his time carefully. “I do my school work during the day. I practise ice hockey every Wednesday and Friday from 05:00 to 07:00 and on Sundays and I also have football practise twice a week after school. On Mondays we play ice hockey league games.”
JP is the youngest of five siblings and he says that he enjoys golf and racing pigeons as hobbies. He says that his dream is to play ice hockey for the South African u.20 team by the time he is in Grade 12.

  • You can nominate your sport star by sending an email to ben.burger@media24.com. Clearly write the subject as Sport Star. You need to mention the achievements of the nominee in detail and the email should be shorter than 300 words. The decision of the judges is final. Every monthly winner will receive a gift pack from Let’s Play and will automatically be a finalist for the Sport Star of the Year competition.

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