Keaton Stansfeld was named Secondary School Sportsman of the Year at the Gauteng Department’s Johannesburg East District sports awards function last week,
He received the award ahead of two other finalists and a host of nominees for his achievements in hockey and badminton.
He was a member of Jeppe’s outstanding under-14A hockey team last year and was selected for the Southern Gauteng under-14A team that won their interprovincial tournament in July last year.
He went one step further in badminton, getting junior national colours in that sport. He was in the Northerns under-15 provincial team (he plays for the Benoni Northerns club) and was included in the South African national under-15 team that played in the All Africa Games in Mauritius last year.
He got a top eight finish there, which was excellent, given that he was a year younger than everyone else.
“Badminton’s age groups go up in two year intervals,” he explained. “There is no under-14 age group, so I had to compete with the under-15s. I’ll still be there this year.”
Playing in the under-15 team for Northerns he was named B section player of the tournament at the interprovincial tournament last year.
He is hoping to make the SA team to play in the World Championships, although that is an under-17 competition, so he may have to wait a year or two.
“I have given up on cricket at school to concentrate on badminton,” he said, “but I’m definitely looking forward to the hockey season.
“Playing a team sport at a school like Jeppe is a great experience and I will be going all out again this year.”
Our youngest international player continues to do the school proud.