Keenan Hicklin has just returned from the tour of a lifetime – an all expenses trip to Italy to play basketball for South Africa at the Tricolor Games in the town of Reggio Emilia near Florence.
He was selected out of a squad chosen after the Cohesion Games tournament last year and was part of the SA team that played against 13 other countries in a variety of sporting codes.
The basketball team took the silver medals after losing by a single point to the hosts, Italy, in the final.
Keenan is a regular member of the Jeppe 1st basketball team and he is looking forward to the new season which begins in the fourth term.
“It will be the beginning of my last season of Jeppe basketball, and I have enjoyed every minute of it,” he says. “I started off in the under-14D team when I took up the game and through hard work I worked my way into the A team and eventually into the 1st team earlier this year.”
And it was a successful year for Jeppe. “We ended up ranked 6th in the country. We only lost to St David’s and St Peter’s in regular matches, and we went down to St Benedict’s in the quarterfinals of the St John’s tournament. We have quite a young side and I’m sure we can do well in the coming season.”
Jeppe is proud of its latest national representative.