Pool players heading to SA champs

2019-09-17 06:00
From left are Liam Meyer, Nathaniel Augustine, Luke van Niekerk, Abubakr Johaar and Chad Classen, all members of the Xample Pool Club. They’ve all qualified for the national championships.

From left are Liam Meyer, Nathaniel Augustine, Luke van Niekerk, Abubakr Johaar and Chad Classen, all members of the Xample Pool Club. They’ve all qualified for the national championships.

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Five members of the Xample Pool Club in Heideveld have been chosen to participate in the South African eight-ball pool championships in their respective age groups.

Xample Pool Club is a non-profit organisation (NPO) that has been in existence since 2017. Members of the club participate in pool competitions in and around the province.

Luke van Niekerk (11), Abubakr Johaar (14), Liam Meyer (14), Nathaniel Augustine (15) and Chad Claassen (16) all part of the club, reached the top twenty of the Ikapa Pool Federation league championship which took place in Mitchell’s Plain.

Thanks to their results at the tournament, they can now compete in the national championships, due to take place in Middelburg in Mpumalanga from Friday 20 September to Saturday 28 September.

The club aims to keep the youth off the streets by keeping them busy with healthy activities, such as playing pool in a safe environment. They also teach the youth to not expect or depend on hand-outs.

To cover the cost of the trip, which amounts to about R21 000, they have been selling potatoes and collecting items to recycle.

According to Freddy Janeke, chairperson of the club, they would really appreciate the community’s support.

“None of them has ever been to Mpumalanga or even out of the Western Cape.

“They are very excited because they believe it will broaden their horizons,” he says, adding that the trip is one that the boys will talk about for years to come.

He says if they win, they stand a chance of representing the country internationally.

One of the players, Nathaniel Augustine, says he can’t wait to spread his wings and visit another part of the country. He says he is confident they will be successful and bring home the trophies.

The confident young man says their coach has taught them to always remain focused.

“The teams we will be competing against are weak, we are going to win,” he says.

Shalene Meyer, Liam’s proud mother, says the Heideveld community is rallying behind the boys.

She urges people to support the boys whom she describes as dedicated and committed.

“I would like to plead with people to help them (the boys) fulfil their dreams because they put in so much effort,” she shares.V To find out how you can help, call Freddy on 063 160 5025.

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