At 17 already a hockey star

2015-08-18 06:00

Che February in action for the WP u.18 team at the interprovincial hockey tournament in Bloemfontein earlier this year. There he was selected for the SA u.18A team.
Terry February

Che February in action for the WP u.18 team at the interprovincial hockey tournament in Bloemfontein earlier this year. There he was selected for the SA u.18A team. PHOTO: Terry February

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17-year-old Che February is the People’s Post Let’s Play Sport Star of the month for July.

Che lives, eats and sleeps hockey. His greatest dream is to play professional club hockey in Europe or Australia and to represent South Africa at the Olympic games.

“I would like to start playing hockey full-time, professionally if possible, even if that means staying in Europe to do so and coming back to South Africa during the European hockey league off-season,” he says.

Che, who attends Wynberg Boys’ High School, started playing hockey in Grade 4 at Somerset House in Somerset West when he was 10 years old.

In 2011 Che was selected to captain his school’s u.13A hockey side and he was selected for the Western Province u.13A hockey team. In 2012 he was selected for the Paul Roos Gymnasium u.14A hockey team and the Boland u.14A Pinotage hockey team.

Che moved to Wynberg Boys’ High to start Grade 9 in 2013. Here he was selected for the school’s u.16A hockey team and the Western Province u.16A interprovincial tournament hockey team. The team won gold in Johannesburg.

Last year Che was selected for the school’s first team and again for the WP u.16A interprovincial tournament team.

At this hockey tournament in Durban the team won gold again. Che was the top goal scorer and voted best striker.

He was also selected for the South African u.16A hockey team.

At the pro series indoor national tournament last year Che was selected for the SA u.17 indoor hockey team.

Che still plays for his school’s first team and also plays for the second team of WP Cricket Club’s hockey club.

He was on the WP u.18A interprovincial tournament team that played in Bloemfontein earlier this year. There he was selected for the SA u.18A team.

Che says he chose hockey because he fell in love with the fast pace and adrenaline when he first played it as a 10-year-old.

According to him it takes hard work and dedication if you want to be good at hockey. He adds that it is difficult to balance academics and training.

“This year I am fortunate enough to be coached by one of the best hockey coaches in South Africa, Paul Revington. All our training sessions are high performance and the training sessions are intense.

“At school we train every day of the week, except for a Tuesday, and then I also train twice a week for two hours each after school at the WPCC hockey club.

“It is difficult to balance hockey training and academics. Because I don’t have much time at home to put in the hours for studying I try my best to listen during lessons at school. I try to understand as much of the work as possible from the very beginning in class, so when it comes to exam time I revise a lot instead of restudying my work. In this way I use most of my time after school for hockey training.”

He says it is also important to live your passion, dream big and enjoy your sport.

“In my case, goals are very important. The only way you can determine if you are moving in the right direction is by setting goals. The goals will help you when the training gets seriously tough and the games become challenging.”V

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