Cometh the hour, cometh the new hero from Michaelhouse

2010-11-01 00:00

THE man of the moment, whose name is on the lips of rugby fans throughout the province has to be the Sharks main try-scorer and Michaelhouse Old Boy, Patrick Lambie.

Lambie is the first Michaelhouse Old Boy to be a Springbok rugby player. Guy Pearson, Rector of Michaelhouse said: “Patrick was head boy in 2008 and was a brilliant, humble, self-effacing young man. He was captain of the first rugby and cricket teams and an excellent swimmer, altogether an outstanding all-round sportsman. Both his father, Ian, and his grandfather on his mother Caz’s side, Nic Labuschagne, are also Old Boys.

“He is an outstanding leader and altogether an extraordinary person. He was born to lead, which is confirmed by his humility — the central quality of good leaders. He has his feet on the ground, never bragged about his achievements and was always kind to the younger boys.

“His single most distinguishing characteristic was his humility. His calmness on the field during the high pressure situation of the match on Saturday is testimony to his character.”

In an interview in 2009 reported on the School Sports website, Lambie explained that he grew up playing rugby in the back yard with his older brother, Nicholas (21), and got his interest in the game from his father who played for Natal. His grandfather, Nic Labuschagne played hooker for Natal and England and was later president of the Natal Rugby Union.

The Witness caught up with Ian Lambie just after he took Patrick to catch a flight to Johannesburg to join the Springbok squad. Asked how he was feeling he said: “It’s unbelievable. It has been an incredible year and now an incredible 24 hours. It’s been an absolute whirlwind. First the match — it was an incredible game to win, then Patrick was Man of the Match and we thought it couldn’t get any better. Then his name came up on the screen with the list of the ’Bok squad to tour Europe. That was the first we knew about it and it was very special.”

The Lambie family is hoping to get to Europe to catch at least part of the Springbok tour, probably the second half. Ian said Patrick and Nicholas have a very special relationship. “They are best friends and worst enemies at the same time. Nicholas has been Patrick’s number one supporter, since the start of his school rugby career.” Pearson also commented on the brother’s close bond, calling Nicholas “player number 16” on all the rugby teams Patrick played for.

Pearson said: “I was at the cup final and it was a very special and, indeed, an emotional moment. To see Patrick perform in such a brilliant manner and with such poise confirmed what we have known all along: He is destined for greatness. He is ‘living his dream’ and yet remains humble and grounded. He’s a wonderful role model for the youth, and we need role models like him. …It goes without saying that everyone in the Michaelhouse community is very proud of him.”

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