Sharks ‘eye’ out problems with new signing

2014-02-01 00:00

COACH Jake White and CEO John Smit are hoping that the bad old days of the Sharks being unaware of support runners and overlap situations are numbered.

The Sharks have contracted Sherylle Calder, the world-renowned visual skills and performance specialist, as a consultant on a two-year contract.

The Sharks are looking to the good doctor, who also played 50 Tests for the South African hockey side, to sharpen the players’ anticipation and help in their awareness on the field.

“Sherylle will be helping us with Eyegym to improve peripheral vision and awareness,” said White. “She will also be assisting the kickers, which is a massive boost for us, as well as the youngsters in the Sharks Academy who will be able to learn a top range of skills from one of the best in the business.

“My association with Sherylle dates back to my earlier coach roles and I look forward to working with her again,” he added.

Smit said that the quietly-spoken Calder was a leader in her field.

“Her expertise and experience will be invaluable to the team’s ambitions going forward.”

Calder’s skill is based on hand/eye co-ordination and she has arrived in Durban with a CV that could not be bettered. She worked with both the England (2003) and Springbok (2007) rugby teams which won Rugby World Cups. She has also been involved with the All Blacks, the Australian cricketers and the South African hockey and Davis Cup tennis teams.

The Sharks face the Lions in their second and final pre-Super Rugby friendly at Ellis Park next Friday and meet the Bulls at King’s Park in their tournament opener on the night of February 15.

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