Harmony learner represents his school

2019-06-04 06:00
Brandon Plaatjies (13) was chosen to represent Western Province in pool.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Brandon Plaatjies (13) was chosen to represent Western Province in pool.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Brandon Plaatjies, a 13-year-old Harmony Primary School learner, recently represented his school at an exciting 8-ball pool tournament and is eager to compete again.

Deputy principal Vaughn Adriaanse entered Brandon, who is also head boy, into the tournament, hosted in Lansdowne.

“He participated in an introductory tournament and did quite well. Harmony is proud of his achievement,” Adriaanse says.

Brandon found a passion for playing pool very recently, in December, when his family bought a pool table for Christmas.

Since then, he has enjoyed the game thoroughly and makes sure to play as often as he can.

“I’ve been playing school since December because that’s when we got our pool table. Playing pool is one of my hobbies, I play it every day, but since exams I haven’t played,” says Brandon.

Despite the short time that he’s been playing the game, he has managed to show great potential and was able to make it to the quarter finals in the tournament.

“We had to play various schools. We played Little Wood and there were high schools too, but we were in the primary school league,” he explains.

Even though he was not the winner of the tournament, his efforts were rewarded and the school was given three pool cues for their club.

While pool may not be a mainstream extra-curricular activity, the school has made sure to foster the spirit of hard work in their learners and encourage them to pursue their passions.

His talent has proven to be something to look out for, with an unofficial invitation having been extended to him to play pool on a larger scale and represent his school once again – and his province for the first time.

Plaatjies excitedly said: “I was recently also chosen to go play for Western Province and they told me that it will be in September.”

As he waits for his formal letter of invitation, and no doubt looks forward to a competition of that magnitude, he will continue to practice the game that he enjoys and work on improving himself to make his family, friends and his school proud.


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