ABOUT HESLOP SPORTS – By Cresi Heslop
‘Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory……..whose heart will be clean, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men;….one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past….. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain.”’ ’~ General Douglas MacArthur
I pray these words of the stunning poem above, not only for our two biological sons, but for all our sons and daughters of the African soil, and beyond.
With this blog we want to share and document our journey as we hope, dream, and work towards success in the arena of competitive sports and in other areas of life. We want to encourage, motivate and dream WITH YOU FOR THAT PARTICULAR THING THAT YOUR HEART IS SET ON. We want to celebrate our youth!
My name is Cresi Heslop and I am co-writing this blog with my eldest son, Frank Heslop, aged 17. I live in Pretoria with my husband, Simon and our youngest son Jonathan who is 11 years old. Frank lives in Durban. I asked Frank to co-write on this blog because I want to bring in the balance between parent and child perspectives, and believe his experiences in the sports arena and his personal journey up to now and ahead, will be of interest to other youngsters. We are proudly South African with a keen sense of appreciation for our Beloved Africa.
So, it does not matter whether you have just started your journey, are in the intermediate phase, or in the home stretch! We can all learn from each other. As John Donne writes “no man is an island entire of itself”, thus our journey does not happen in isolation. This Heslop family operates within our home, this home within a community, this community within a city, a city within a nation, a nation within a continent and ultimately part of the world.
This is a lifestyle blog that will covers topics that little family is passionate about. We will write for: parents – we definitely feel you J; coaches / teachers – you have a special ticket straight into heaven; our youth – keep going and remember “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”; family, friendies and supporters – you make the journey bearable and worthwhile.
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Lastly, a special shout-out to our youth: are you fresh, young, upcoming and passionate about SOMETHING? We would love to connect with you!
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ABOUT CRESI HESLOP – by Cresi
My name is Cresi, (Cresida) Druitt- Heslop.
I have kept a personal journal past 20 years, thus taking it “public” was just a natural progression of events.
I am happily married to my wonderful husband of 21 years – Simon Heslop. We share the same outlook on life concerning parenting, sports, motivation, positive speaking, positive thinking and dreaming big. Most of the content of this blog stems from long and sometimes even breaking into the early hours of the morning conversations and discussions with Simon. In much of the content on this blog I am merely the “scribe”/ “messenger”.
I have been involved in educating, training, uplifting, mentoring and motivating people for more than two decades in the corporate environment. I am a Library Science, Education and English graduate and have previously worked as a teacher in public education. I currently work in a corporate environment by day and blog by night.
I love Jesus, my family, fashion (dressing well is a beautiful revenge), sports and all things red velvet. I am a library advocate, coffee advocate, quiet time advocate and like TV series. I love cooking for my family. I am proudly South African and African. I have travelled extensively in Africa and lived in the Netherlands during 2001, allowing me to experience many of the countries in Europe.
I am excited to write the little that I do know and curious to learn from you our friends and readers. I do not merely want to report on the different sports meets that we attend, but I want to constantly stand back and ask ‘but what is the lesson here, what stands out, what is of the essence here?’ One of pillars on which this blog is built is the poem by General MacArthur, ‘Build me a son’, and we want to support and DREAM WITH YOU for your sons and daughters as they “get built”.
ABOUT FRANK HESLOP – by Frank
I am Frank Heslop, an aspiring soccer player from South Africa. My blog is about my journey as a soccer player and what we as sportsmen will go through. I am still on this journey to meet my dreams. My intentions and hopes are that whoever reads my blogs will be inspired by my journey and realize that if I can do it they can too.
I have been playing soccer since I was about 7 years old and I have never looked back since. It started off small but as I grew older and got to know the game more, my desire to become a professional player grew. At the age of 14 I started at a soccer academy where I grew a lot as a player and in character. I am 17 years old now and have moved on to the Sharks Soccer Academy, which has been a great experience too. The journey so far has had its ups and downs but I have always tried to stay on the right path.
My aspirations are high and my dream is to be one of the best in the world, playing in the best leagues and representing my country in top competitions. I have decided to start sharing my journey before I have made my dreams come true. So hopefully as I share this journey all my dreams and aspirations can come with it and everyone reading this can follow my journey and I can inspire those who read this.
I am a born again Christian and believe GOD has great plans for my life. It might not be exactly how I plan it, but I know that it is big because I serve a Big GOD.
ABOUT JONATHAN HESLOP (aka Jono) – by Jonathan (interviewed by Cresi)
Who are you, how old are you?
Hi, I am Jonathan Heslop and I am only 11 years old I was born in 2003 on the 30 of August.
Tell me a little bit about your home and school life?
I live in Pretoria in a wonderful home were I have one big brother and two loving and caring parents.
I go to a school called Cornwall Hill College. I joined Cornwall Hill College this year. It was a fun and exciting year.
Tell me a little bit about your extramural activities?
I do swimming, after school I also do cross country. Those two sports are very fun for me and the cross country helps me with my swimming so that it makes my legs stronger.
Tell me about what you like to do to relax?
I like to play at my friends and swim in the swimming pool when I relax. I also like to play soccer with my friends and my brother.
Tell me who are your hero / heroes? What have you learned from them?
My hero is Roland Schoeman and I have learned from him that no matter how tough it gets never give up because although he is 33 years old he still has not stopped swimming and he still participates in galas like FINA and other championships.
What is your favourite Bible verse?
My favourite Bible verse is: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me for all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”