Hockey Captains. In our serieson sport captains, Schools That Rock talk to Cassidy Koeberg. Cassidy is the captain of Northern Cape High School’s 1st hockey team. She scores our second goal today in this hockey series for high schools in South Africa.
“I started playing hockey at the age of eight years. I love the game of hockey because I know I have the potential to be a good sportswoman.
Currently, I am playing center mid, but I also played striker before. I was appointed as captain of our hockey team for the first time in 2018. Our team have training sessions two to three days a week. I also do training on my own.
The game that caused me the most stress was when I played the Classic Clashes. My most exciting game to date was a game we recently played against Fichardtpark High School. We played as one team and we expressed ourselves.
My worst hockey performance was during a game in which I was not was not doing my duties as I should. What I learned from this experience is to always try your best, even on bad days.
I watch hockey games on television because I learn a lot of new things from the experienced hockey players. I like to try and learn new skills and even try to imitate the skills of the pros.
My short term goals are to lead my team to win our league games. Furthermore, I am trying to get everyone in the team to attend gym sessions.
My top three priorities are school, family and hockey.
I plan to continue playing hockey after school and I hope to join the Proteas in the long term. My other interests outside of hockey is karate.
As captain of the 1st hockey team, I motivate my team to work hard as a team. I also believe to be an example, especially in fitness. What I have learned about teamwork from my past experiences on teams, as well as captain, is that if we don’t work hard as a team, we will never be successful.
The best advice I have received from my coaches is to enjoy the game and that hard work pays off.
When a teammate is struggling with learning a new move, position or play, I motivate them to try over and over and practice more. My advice to new hockey players is to express your potential, even on bad days.
I believe the greatest challenge faced by today’s sport participants is a lack of confidence.
Should I have to describe myself in one word, it will be hardworking.
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