Caleb’s cleats set to conquer

2017-09-26 06:01

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aleb Oliphant is this month’s SuperSport Let’s Play sports star of the month.

Oliphant (15) is currently in Grade 9 at Bishops Diocesan College in Rondebosch and plays both hockey and water polo for the school, while dabbling in athletics and swimming as well.

“I started hockey when I was six, playing club hockey. I was influenced by my family who got me into the sport, with my dad being such a sports fanatic,” says Caleb.

He says that hockey is his favourite sport, citing the pace of the game and its similarity to soccer as an attraction.

“My passion probably comes from playing for the school. I am really passionate about this school. I have been at Bishops for 10 years now, so I am really passionate and I get most of my passion playing for the Mitre, our emblem on the school badge,” he adds.

Caleb has made steady progress over the years and always looks forward to Western Province hockey.

“Since making the WP team, the tournament itself is what I look forward to the most as it is a great experience and I really enjoy it. I also play water polo at provincial level and it is also a sport I really enjoy. I also put a lot of time into that,” Caleb says.

He reiterates that his father has been the greatest influence in his sporting life, for which he is forever grateful.

“My dad is the one who got me involved in all these sports. At junior school I played about five first-team sports. My dad has probably played the biggest role in my sporting career, helping to get extra time, extra coaches and all the small things that he could add,” he says.

Meanwhile, Caleb’s father, Alroy, is extremely proud of his son’s sporting achievements to date.

“As a parent I am immensely proud of Caleb. From a young age he has shown a lot of talent. All I am doing is just harnessing his passion and exposing him to the best I can. One of the key contributors is him being at a school and institution like Bishops over the last 10 years. Everyone at the school has played a major role in supporting him. Whether it is financially or through exposure to international tours, I cannot stop thanking the school. As parents, both my wife and I are immensely proud. Caleb is dedicated and he knows what he wants out of life,” says Alroy.

When Caleb is not on the sports field, he says he likes to keep things simple in his spare time.

He says that although he doesn’t play soccer seriously, he likes to watch his favourite soccer team, Manchester United, in action, but he adds that school is as important to him as sport.

“I try to focus quite a bit on my academics, because it is quite important, and if I fall down in sport I have something to fall back onto.

“Not everything is about sport. In my off time I like to relax and take a breather, to get away from sport. I would say that I spend most of my free time relaxing and chilling,” says Caleb.

After tasting national selection at age-group level for the first time earlier this year, he has set his sights on representing his country at senior level.

“One of my biggest dreams is to play for the national men’s hockey team. This year I was selected for the juniors – the u.16 side. One of my dreams was to make the u.16 national side and I have achieved that, which is great. My biggest dream is to play for the national side once I am older and finished school,” he says.

Caleb says he realises that there is still a way to go before his loftier dreams can be achieved; however, he has a clear idea of how he intends to achieve those dreams:

“Just work as hard as possible. Nothing comes easy, and you know it takes hard work and dedication. One of my main sayings is that if you work hard, things will come right.”

V To nominate a sports star between the ages of 13 and 18, email earl.haupt@peoplespost.co.za, with “Sports Star” in the subject line. Give a detailed description of the nominee’s achievements in fewer than 300 words. The decision of the judges is final.

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aleb Oliphant is this month’s SuperSport Let’s Play sports star of the month.

Oliphant (15) is currently in Grade 9 at Bishops Diocesan College in Rondebosch and plays both hockey and water polo for the school, while dabbling in athletics and swimming as well.

“I started hockey when I was six, playing club hockey. I was influenced by my family who got me into the sport, with my dad being such a sports fanatic,” says Caleb.

He says that hockey is his favourite sport, citing the pace of the game and its similarity to soccer as an attraction.

“My passion probably comes from playing for the school. I am really passionate about this school. I have been at Bishops for 10 years now, so I am really passionate and I get most of my passion playing for the Mitre, our emblem on the school badge,” he adds.

Caleb has made steady progress over the years and always looks forward to Western Province hockey.

“Since making the WP team, the tournament itself is what I look forward to the most as it is a great experience and I really enjoy it. I also play water polo at provincial level and it is also a sport I really enjoy. I also put a lot of time into that,” Caleb says.

He reiterates that his father has been the greatest influence in his sporting life, for which he is forever grateful.

“My dad is the one who got me involved in all these sports. At junior school I played about five first-team sports. My dad has probably played the biggest role in my sporting career, helping to get extra time, extra coaches and all the small things that he could add,” he says.

Meanwhile, Caleb’s father, Alroy, is extremely proud of his son’s sporting achievements to date.

“As a parent I am immensely proud of Caleb. From a young age he has shown a lot of talent. All I am doing is just harnessing his passion and exposing him to the best I can. One of the key contributors is him being at a school and institution like Bishops over the last 10 years. Everyone at the school has played a major role in supporting him. Whether it is financially or through exposure to international tours, I cannot stop thanking the school. As parents, both my wife and I are immensely proud. Caleb is dedicated and he knows what he wants out of life,” says Alroy.

When Caleb is not on the sports field, he says he likes to keep things simple in his spare time.

He says that although he doesn’t play soccer seriously, he likes to watch his favourite soccer team, Manchester United, in action, but he adds that school is as important to him as sport.

“I try to focus quite a bit on my academics, because it is quite important, and if I fall down in sport I have something to fall back onto.

“Not everything is about sport. In my off time I like to relax and take a breather, to get away from sport. I would say that I spend most of my free time relaxing and chilling,” says ­Caleb.

After tasting national selection at age-group level for the first time earlier this year, he has set his sights on representing his country at senior level.

“One of my biggest dreams is to play for the national men’s hockey team. This year I was selected for the juniors – the u.16 side. One of my dreams was to make the u.16 national side and I have achieved that, which is great. My biggest dream is to play for the national side once I am older and finished school,” he says.

Caleb says he realises that there is still a way to go before his loftier dreams can be achieved; however, he has a clear idea of how he intends to achieve those dreams:

“Just work as hard as possible. Nothing comes easy, and you know it takes hard work and dedication. One of my main sayings is that if you work hard, things will come right.”

V To nominate a sports star between the ages of 13 and 18, email earl.haupt@peoplespost.co.za, with “Sports Star” in the subject line. Give a detailed description of the nominee’s achievements in fewer than 300 words. The decision of the judges is final.

C

aleb Oliphant is this month’s SuperSport Let’s Play sports star of the month.

Oliphant (15) is currently in Grade 9 at Bishops Diocesan College in Rondebosch and plays both hockey and water polo for the school, while dabbling in athletics and swimming as well.

“I started hockey when I was six, playing club hockey. I was influenced by my family who got me into the sport, with my dad being such a sports fanatic,” says Caleb.

He says that hockey is his favourite sport, citing the pace of the game and its similarity to soccer as an attraction.

“My passion probably comes from playing for the school. I am really passionate about this school. I have been at Bishops for 10 years now, so I am really passionate and I get most of my passion playing for the Mitre, our emblem on the school badge,” he adds.

Caleb has made steady progress over the years and always looks forward to Western Province hockey.

“Since making the WP team, the tournament itself is what I look forward to the most as it is a great experience and I really enjoy it. I also play water polo at provincial level and it is also a sport I really enjoy. I also put a lot of time into that,” Caleb says.

He reiterates that his father has been the greatest influence in his sporting life, for which he is forever grateful.

“My dad is the one who got me involved in all these sports. At junior school I played about five first-team sports. My dad has probably played the biggest role in my sporting career, helping to get extra time, extra coaches and all the small things that he could add,” he says.

Meanwhile, Caleb’s father, Alroy, is extremely proud of his son’s sporting achievements to date.

“As a parent I am immensely proud of Caleb. From a young age he has shown a lot of talent. All I am doing is just harnessing his passion and exposing him to the best I can. One of the key contributors is him being at a school and institution like Bishops over the last 10 years. Everyone at the school has played a major role in supporting him. Whether it is financially or through exposure to international tours, I cannot stop thanking the school. As parents, both my wife and I are immensely proud. Caleb is dedicated and he knows what he wants out of life,” says Alroy.

When Caleb is not on the sports field, he says he likes to keep things simple in his spare time.

He says that although he doesn’t play soccer seriously, he likes to watch his favourite soccer team, Manchester United, in action, but he adds that school is as important to him as sport.

“I try to focus quite a bit on my academics, because it is quite important, and if I fall down in sport I have something to fall back onto.

“Not everything is about sport. In my off time I like to relax and take a breather, to get away from sport. I would say that I spend most of my free time relaxing and chilling,” says ­Caleb.

After tasting national selection at age-group level for the first time earlier this year, he has set his sights on representing his country at senior level.

“One of my biggest dreams is to play for the national men’s hockey team. This year I was selected for the juniors – the u.16 side. One of my dreams was to make the u.16 national side and I have achieved that, which is great. My biggest dream is to play for the national side once I am older and finished school,” he says.

Caleb says he realises that there is still a way to go before his loftier dreams can be achieved; however, he has a clear idea of how he intends to achieve those dreams:

“Just work as hard as possible. Nothing comes easy, and you know it takes hard work and dedication. One of my main sayings is that if you work hard, things will come right.”

V To nominate a sports star between the ages of 13 and 18, email earl.haupt@peoplespost.co.za, with “Sports Star” in the subject line. Give a detailed description of the nominee’s achievements in fewer than 300 words. The decision of the judges is final.

Caleb Oliphant is this month’s SuperSport Let’s Play sports star of the month.

Oliphant (15) is currently in Grade 9 at Bishops Diocesan College in Rondebosch and plays both hockey and water polo for the school, while dabbling in athletics and swimming as well.

“I started hockey when I was six, playing club hockey. I was influenced by my family who got me into the sport, with my dad being such a sports fanatic,” says Caleb.

He says that hockey is his favourite sport, citing the pace of the game and its similarity to soccer as an attraction.

“My passion probably comes from playing for the school. I am really passionate about this school. I have been at Bishops for 10 years now, so I am really passionate and I get most of my passion playing for the Mitre, our emblem on the school badge,” he adds.

Caleb has made steady progress over the years and always looks forward to Western Province hockey. “Since making the WP team, the tournament itself is what I look forward to the most as it is a great experience and I really enjoy it. I also play water polo at provincial level and it is also a sport I really enjoy,” Caleb says.

He reiterates that his father has been the greatest influence in his sporting life, for which he is forever grateful. “My dad is the one who got me involved in all these sports. At junior school I played about five first-team sports. My dad has probably played the biggest role in my sporting career, helping to get extra time, extra coaches and all the small things that he could add.”

Caleb’s father, Alroy, is extremely proud of his son’s sporting achievements. “From a young age he has shown a lot of talent. All I am doing is just harnessing his passion and exposing him to the best I can. One of the key contributors is him being at a school and institution like Bishops over the last 10 years. Everyone at the school has played a major role in supporting him. Whether it is financially or through exposure to international tours, I cannot stop thanking the school. As parents, both my wife and I are immensely proud. Caleb is dedicated and he knows what he wants out of life,” says ­Alroy.

When Caleb is not on the sports field, he says he likes to keep things simple in his spare time.

He says that although he doesn’t play soccer seriously, he likes to watch his favourite soccer team, Manchester United, in action, but he adds that school is as important to him as sport. “I try to focus quite a bit on my academics, because it is quite important, and if I fall down in sport I have something to fall back onto. Not everything is about sport. In my off time I like to relax and take a breather, to get away from sport. I would say that I spend most of my free time relaxing and chilling,” says Caleb.

After tasting national selection at age-group level for the first time earlier this year, he has set his sights on representing his country.

“One of my biggest dreams is to play for the national men’s hockey team. This year I was selected for the juniors – the u.16 side. One of my dreams was to make the u.16 national side and I have achieved that, which is great. My biggest dream is to play for the national side once I am older and finished school,” he says.

Caleb says he realises that there is still a way to go before his loftier dreams can be achieved; however, he has a clear idea of how he intends to achieve those dreams:

“Just work as hard as possible. Nothing comes easy, and you know it takes hard work and dedication. One of my main sayings is that if you work hard, things will come right.”

V To nominate a sports star between the ages of 13 and 18, email earl.­haupt­@­peoplespost.co.za, with “Sports Star” in the subject line. Give a detailed description of the nominee’s achievements in 300 words. The decision of the judges is final.

C

aleb Oliphant is this month’s SuperSport Let’s Play sports star of the month.

Oliphant (15) is currently in Grade 9 at Bishops Diocesan College in Rondebosch and plays both hockey and water polo for the school, while dabbling in athletics and swimming as well.

“I started hockey when I was six, playing club hockey. I was influenced by my family who got me into the sport, with my dad being such a sports fanatic,” says Caleb.

He says that hockey is his favourite sport.

“My passion probably comes from playing for the school. I am really passionate about this school. I have been at Bishops for 10 years now, so I am really passionate and I get most of my passion playing for the Mitre, our emblem on the school badge,” he adds.

Caleb has made steady progress over the years and always looks forward to Western Province ­hockey.

“Since making the WP team, the tournament itself is what I look forward to the most as it is a great experience and I really enjoy it,” Caleb says.

He reiterates that his father has been the greatest influence in his sporting life, for which he is forever grateful.

“My dad is the one who got me involved in all these sports. At junior school I played about five first-team sports. My dad has probably played the biggest role in my sporting career, helping to get extra time, extra coaches and all the small things that he could add,” he says.

Meanwhile, Caleb’s father, Alroy, is extremely proud of his son’s sporting achievements to date.

“As a parent I am immensely proud of Caleb. From a young age he has shown a lot of talent. All I am doing is just harnessing his passion and exposing him to the best I can,” says Alroy.

When Caleb is not on the sports field, he says he likes to keep things simple in his spare time and also adds that school is as important to him as sport.

“I try to focus quite a bit on my academics, because it is quite important, and if I fall down in sport I have something to fall back onto.

“Not everything is about sport. I would say that I spend most of my free time relaxing and chilling,” says ­Caleb.

After tasting national selection at age-group level for the first time earlier this year, he has set his sights on representing his country at senior level.

“One of my biggest dreams is to play for the national men’s hockey team.

“This year I was selected for the juniors – the u.16 side. One of my dreams was to make the u.16 national side and I have achieved that, which is great. My biggest dream is to play for the national side once I am older and finished school,” he says.

Caleb says he realises that there is still a way to go before his loftier dreams can be achieved; however, he has a clear idea of how he intends to achieve those dreams: “Just work as hard as possible. Nothing comes easy, and you know it takes hard work and dedication. One of my main sayings is that if you work hard, things will come right.”

V To nominate a sports star between the ages of 13 and 18, email earl.haupt@peoplespost.co.za, with “Sports Star” in the subject line. Give a detailed description of the nominee’s achievements in fewer than 300 words. The decision of the judges is final.

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