KEEGAN REA

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KEEGAN REA

“I came to under 13 hockey trials at the school and they obviously saw that I had potential and that led to an offer of financial assistance from the TAG Foundation,”

As a talented hockey player, Keegan Rea had the choice of coming to King Edward VII School in grade 8, or attending another top Joburg hockey school. He chose KES and it was, he believes, the best choice of his life so far.

 

“I came to under 13 hockey trials at the school and they obviously saw that I had potential and that led to an offer of financial assistance from the TAG Foundation,” he explained. “I came to the school and the beautiful old buildings, and the atmosphere, convinced me that this is where I wanted to be.”

 

He realises that sport is not the only thing about school and that it’s important to get an all-round education. “That is stressed at KES,” he said. “The emphasis is on your school work, but you are also taught to be an all-rounder, about loyalty and tradition, and being a gentleman.”

 

The thing that really impresses him is the brotherhood you find at the school. “Although we were only the under-14 hockey team, you could tell that all the hockey players, including the first team, want us to do well and are there to support us,” he said. “That goes for everyone at the school. We are taught that KES boys stick together, and they really do.”

 

Keegan went to Farramere Primary in Benoni and lives in that town, so he travels quite a long way every day. “We leave home at 5.45am every morning, and I generally get to school at about 6.15am. And with hockey practices and games in the afternoons, I usually get home after 8pm a night.

 

“Getting to school early is actually quite good because It means I can catch up with my school work. The library opens at 6am, so there is always somewhere to go.”

 

That sort of dedication also applies to Keegan’s sport. He is a member of the very successful under-14A team. They have lost just twice this year and Keegan is fully committed to helping them to even greater success.

 

He is also a good soccer player – he turns out for the Benoni Northerns club – and is looking forward to the third term and trying out for the KES under-14 soccer team. In the first term he played tennis for the schools under-14 team.

 

He is doing “OK” at school, he said, and is getting extra help in his weaker subjects. “I’m hoping to go into the boarding house in grade 10,” he said. “That will help me to balance school work and sport better.”

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AYANDA NHLAPO
BONTLE NDLOVU
BRYCE PARSONS
DIHAN DU TOIT
BANDILE SHAZI
KEEGAN JANSE VAN RENSBURG
KEEGAN REA
KIAN SCHWARTZ
LEBO SELAHLA
LEGGAE MOGAPI
MANGALISO NCUNCA
MICHAEL COPELAND
EULON REDCLIFFE
NICHOLAS EGGETT
OKAKENG MAILA