Keaton Stansfeld is a very good badminton player. He represented the country at under-15 level last year, and won all his games at the recent under-19 SA Schools championships.
He is not bad at using his initiative, and at organising, either. He would never have played at those SA Schools champs if he hadn’t decided it would be a good idea to enter Jeppe team. So, off his own bat, he filled in the forms, got Mr Gittins and Mr Jackson to sign them, appointed his friend James Kamerman, who is in grade 9, the team manager and selected the team.
“I was captain and coach and I got three of my friends, one of whom had played the game before, to agree to play,” Keaton explained. “I won all my games, and we won one of our doubles matches which, meant we came second-last in our pool. Under the circumstances, that was good going. Most of the other schools have badminton as an official sport and have proper coaching and competitions.”
James Kamerman, Keaton said, was an excellent manager. He attended the meetings, filled in the forms and handed in our scores. Westville Boys’ High had a team there and Keaton had a word with their coach, the upshot of which is that he got Mr Gittins to agree to include badminton on the schedule when Jeppe goes to Durban next year for the annual Jeppe vs Westville sports exchange.
Watch Keaton Stansfeld – he’s a young man who gets things done.