In grade 8 Kian Schwartz played cricket and hockey, for the under-14A teams, in grade 9 he switched to rugby and cricket, and made the under-15A rugby team, and currently he is playing hockey again – for the under-16As, and looking forward to the coming cricket season, when he hopes to break through to the King Edward VII Schools 1st cricket team, once the matrics leave.
And, just to show that he is a true all-rounder, he made the academic top 100 in his grade, for the first time, with an average of 68%.
But he makes no bones about the fact that cricket is what he loves. “I preferred rugby to hockey, but changed back because there is less risk of injury in hockey, and therefore less chance that my cricket preparations will be interrupted,” he said.
And he is hard at work at those preparations, spending every spare minute away from school work or hockey at cricket practice. He goes to Mr Matheson in the indoor centre on Mondays, and to Gauteng under-17 squad nets at the Wanderers on Fridays and, on the other days, he gets someone to go to the school nets with him.
“I’m hoping to make the Gauteng under-17 team at the end of the year, although I am a year younger than most of the other guys,” he said. “And making the school 1st team is my immediate goal.”
In the first term this year he was captain of the under-16A team, and a wicket-keeper batsmen. He was also the top run-scorer, making over 500, including two centuries, and a 97. He led the team to very good season. They never lost a game.
He has a very good cricketing CV. He went to Farrarmere Primary School where he played for the Easterns under-12 and under-13 provincial teams, and came to KES, he says, because he knew it was the right thing to do for his development as a player.
“The facilities, the coaching and the fixture list – we play all of the top schools in the country – make this a good place to learn the game and, after I got here I learned of the traditions, and the legacy left by so many great payers who attended the school down the years,” he said.
“I leave home at 6.30am to be here on time, and I get home late, but it is definitely worth it. At KES you feel that you are part of something bigger. I am determined to do my best to repay the confidence that has been shown in me.