‘My life is sport’

2013-11-12 00:00

THERE’S no secret that sport is the way to go for this Hillcrest sportsman. He openly admits it too. “My life is sport,” he said.

“I started playing at junior school in Johannesburg and it’s taken off at high school. For me, the sports field is far more exciting than the classroom.”

It seems that any sport that involves a ball was made for Robin Smith. He’s been in Hillcrest High School’s first cricket team since Grade 9, the first hockey team since Grade 9 and the first softball team since Grade 8.

“I open for the first cricket side and am also the wicketkeeper. This year, I started playing club cricket at Berea Rovers and have turned out for their second team,” said Robin. “I offer some right-arm spin and bat left handed.”

More often than not, sport is handed down through the genes and for Robin, this rings true. “My dad is Dennis Smith, who is currently a cricket umpire. He’s been in action regularly this season, officiating at domestic one-day matches around the country,” he said.

“He played cricket for the Titans and I think it fair to say this is where my love for cricket and hitting a ball comes from.”

One can imagine Robin as a youngster, swinging a bat on the sideline while his father played cricket. It’s been rewarding for Robin as he has fed his talent and been rewarded at cricket, action cricket and baseball.

“I’ve made the KZN U17 cricket side to play in an inter-provincial tournament in Stellenbosch in December and made the SA U19 action cricket side this year,” he said.

“This means I am going to next year’s Action Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, my second World Cup, having played for the SA U16 side last year in Johannesburg, where we won bronze.”

With a slugger in hand, Robin turns out for Cardinals, based in Toti. Young as he is, he has already had a taste of what baseball in the U.S. is about, attending a baseball camp in 2010. “I took a chance and put my CV out there and was invited to a baseball camp for two weeks, in Tampa, Florida,” he said. “It was incredible to see how big the sport is and how it’s run.”

While he still has another year of school to get through, Robin has already set his sights on a possible sporting career in cricket or baseball. “Obviously, I would need to go to the U.S. if I go the baseball route and would head for England to play cricket,” he said. Either way, they are sports I enjoy and making a career from one of them is my ultimate dream and goal.”

NAME: Robin Smith

AGE: 17

SCHOOL: Hillcrest High School

Grade: 11

Sport: softball, hockey, cricket, action cricket, baseball

Achievements: Head of Sport, Sportsman of the Year 2013, KZN U17 Cricket, SA U16 Action Cricket (2012), SA U19 Action Cricket 2013, KZN U18 Baseball.

Smith lifestyle

Enjoys Playstation.

Not much of a cook and is a microwave specialist.

Plays golf occasionally.

Supports Manchester United.

McDonalds is a favourite meal.

Likes house and club music.

Reads biographies and cricket books.

Horror movies get the adrenaline going.

Babe Ruth is his sporting hero.

His mum is his support and strength.

Has a wild spirit and jumped from a plane when he turned 13.

Never backs down from a challenge.

Motto in life

Believe to achieve. Live every day to the full, believe in yourself and trust in your talent.

Sporting highlight

Making the All Stars action cricket team selected after last year’s World Cup. Selection was based on stats and performance throughout the tournament.

V Robin Smith Hillcrest sportsman

“My dad is Dennis Smith, who is currently a cricket umpire. He’s been in action regularly this season, officiating at domestic one-day matches around the country. He played cricket for the Titans and I think it fair to say this is where my love for cricket and hitting a ball comes from.”

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