Claus Kaminski became the latest in what has been a remarkable number of Jeppe boys who, this year, have represented South Africa at age group level in a variety of sporting codes.
In the July holidays he travelled to New Zealand as part of the SA under-16 water polo team that played in the Pan Pacific Youth Tournament. They were the only national team there, the other sides were clubs from New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Canada.
The team did very well against top opposition – they played in both the under-16 and under-19 sections of the competition and finished 5th out out 36 teams among the under-16s and 9th out of 18 in the under-19 section.
“This was my first international sports tour and it was an amazing experience,” said Claus. “We had enough spare time to do some sightseeing, but it was mainly water polo and I learned a lot from the coaches and the other players.”
They played so many matches, Claus explained, that there was no time for practices in between. “That was great because it got us match fit quickly and sharpened us up ahead of the season that is about to start.”
And he is looking forward to playing for Jeppe now. “We do not have many matrics in the 1st team, so we won’t be losing many once they stop after the SACS tournament, he said. “Most of us have been playing together for quite a while now, so I am expecting us to have a good year.”
Pre-season training began in earnest this week and there is a warmup tournament at St John’s over the next few weeks. Claus Kaminski can’t wait to get going and to share the things he learned in the SA team with his Jeppe team mates.