World Cup ambition

2013-11-12 00:00

TEENAGE polocrosse star Caley Higgs has been playing the sport for such a long time, she doesn’t remember when she started.

The 16-year-old Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School pupil was introduced to the sport from a young age, as her father Tony Higgs played for the South African national team.

She has followed in his footsteps and played for South Africa in a quadrangular tournament featuring national teams from Britain, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

“That was the highlight for me,” Caley told The Witness yesterday.

At 16, she was the youngest member of the South African team, and her love for the game was what spurred her on. “I love the game. It’s about the people we play with, the competition, and I love the horses,” she said.

In fact, she loves the sport so much that she had to turn down an opportunity to play hockey for the Midlands U13 and U15 teams to pursue polocrosse.

She also plays hockey, indoor hockey and waterpolo for her school’s first teams, but she has her eyes firmly fixed on polocrosse.

Caley, who plays the number one position (attacker, responsible for scoring goals), plans to make the side that will play in the World Cup 2015 and believes she is on course to achieving this.

The team don’t play often, and they are currently preparing for that competition. South Africa won the 2011 World Cup in the United Kingdom, beating Zimbabwe in the final.

When not playing for South Africa, Caley turns out for Midlands Ladies and when she is back home in Richmond for school holidays, she plays for the Richmond Polocrosse Club. She has also played for KZN Ladies.

She regards her father Tony and national team captain Gavin Cocker as her heroes.

Girls’ High principal Val Fowler told The Witness that Caley is a talented sportswoman with a lot of ability.

“She plays first team for three sports.

“She’s a good sportswoman and whatever sport she plays, you’ll see her talent coming through. She’s a credit to the school,” she said.

Fowler added that the talented Caley had been made deputy-head boarder prefect for next year.

NAME: Caley Higgs

AGE: 16

HEIGHT: 1,7 m

SCHOOL: Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School

SPORT: Polocrosse

HONOURS: South Africa Polocrosse, KZN Ladies Polocrosse

AMBITION: To play at the World Cup in 2015 in South Africa.

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