Liam Stott Calvin Kuperus
Jeppe has two more South African Schools sportsmen to boast about.
Liam Stott and Calvin Kuperus were included in the team named at the end of the SA Schools Water Polo Tournament in East London in December after starring for the Central Gauteng Aquatics team that eventually finished with the silver medal in the competition.
Gauteng had a very good tournament as a team, Liam believes. “For some reason the matrics at some Joburg schools weren’t available, so we were basically a grade 11 team playing against other provinces that had their full sides. To lose by one goal to KZN in the final was, therefore, a good result.”
Calvin feels that the spirit in the team will prevent the matrics from pulling out again this year. “There was a lot of unity among the players and we all became good friends. We will be seeing and playing against each other during the year ahead will encourage everyone to keep going until the next SA Schools tournament,” he said.
Liam is the captain of the Jeppe first team and he is looking forward to a good season ahead. “We made it into the semi-final of the Saints tournament at the end of last year, losing to the eventual winners, SACS, so we have shown we are up among the best in the country. We have quite a few players with SA national experience, it’s up to us to work hard and produce the goods.”
Calvin has played for Gauteng A teams since he was in grade 10 and Liam has been in the A provincial team every year throughout high school. They have both represented South Africa at age group level, along with four other members of the first team.
Both are also good rugby players, hoping to make the Jeppe 1st team later this year, and both prove that it’s not necessary to specialise in just one sport to be successful. We are proud of them and are expecting big things from them in 2019.