Decklin receives scholarship

2019-09-10 06:00
Hout Bay Hurricanes Basketball Club players, from left, Junio Cloete, Eric Griffith, Alonzo October, Sam Agulhas and Decklin Liebenberg. In front is coach Roscoe Jacobs.

Hout Bay Hurricanes Basketball Club players, from left, Junio Cloete, Eric Griffith, Alonzo October, Sam Agulhas and Decklin Liebenberg. In front is coach Roscoe Jacobs.

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Talent scouts couldn’t but notice Decklin Liebenberg (13) when the point guard played in u.16 and u.18 boys games at the Cape Town Basketball Association League three weeks ago.

“He took on players much older and bigger than him with ease,” says Roscoe Jacobs, a coach at the Hout Bay Hurricanes Basketball Club.

Thanks to his eye-catching performance, Decklin was offered a basketball scholarship from the Western Cape Sports School.

Besides sports, he also excels at academics. The Grade 7 learner at Sentinel Primary School, based on his academic achievements, also received a scholarship offer to attend Sea Point High School next year.

Decklin and his three siblings X Tyra (18), Taren (15) and Dellin (10) X live with their aunt Fiona Cloete, her husband Jurgen and their three children, Devan (17), Shilo (10) and Neah (6).

Fiona says it is a joy having so many children in the house X as long as they do their chores. She does admit that it came as a bit of a shock when the Liebenberg children first came to live with her four years ago.

“Decklin has had two huge losses in his life. His mother, Marilyn, died six years ago from kidney failure. “The children went to live with my mother, Caroline, but she too passed away two years later at the age of 67,” she explains.

The Liebenberg children then went to live with their father for a while, but things didn’t work out.

“My mother also left me a letter, asking me to look after Marilyn’s children.”

Fiona says, after all Decklin’s ups and downs, she is so excited that these opportunities came his way.

“But there is a lot to consider. I want Decklin to be happy so it must be his decision which scholarship he wants to accept. It is his achievement, he must decide which school will be best for him.”

Jacobs says the club has advised Decklin not to rush into anything. “We told him to first visit the schools and then to decide which one will be of the most benefit to him in supporting his aspirations for the future.”

Jacobs says they are incredibly proud of Decklin. “His success shows that, despite having limited resources, the club is doing something right.”

The club has started a campaign, using the BackABuddy platform, to raise funds in support of its ongoing mission to discover and nurture young talent.

V To support the club, go to the BackABuddy link: www.backabuddy.co.za/educating-a-nation-through-sport.

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